Pattern: Simplicity 1253 (D5); View C – Sleeveless top
Size: Sz 12 – (34/26.5/36)
Fabric: Cotton Lawn 100% Cotton, Garden Grey/Blue from Fabric.com
I just bought this pattern on sale at Joann not too long ago. I loved how simple and timeless the top looked, and the number of variations given in the pattern.
I used a very lightweight cotton lawn I bought from Fabric.com a couple of years ago, but I think it would look very professional and polished in wool crepe fabric as well, especially in View D with ¾ length sleeves.
I think cotton lawn has become my new favorite fabric to sew with. It's the perfect balance between crispness and flowiness, making the fabric suitable for flowy skirts and casual shirts. In California, I could even wear this to work, depending on the print.
I skipped the loop, and decided to just use a hook and an eye for the neck closure. The instructions and the diagrams were surprisingly easy to understand. I usually work with indie designer patterns, so I thought this would be a nightmare. The only thing I had trouble with was how the armbands seemed to be too big for the armhole. It all worked out in the end and I love the result.
Who said I wouldn't have time for knitting once the baby is here?
I'm using the leftover handdyed Tosh Sock yarn I had from this sock project, and making a simple hat for my little man. He was born with 11" head size, which is SMALL, because most newborn size hats are standardized at 13.5" circumference. So all the baby hats I knitted for him were too big on him. I'm shortening this hat by 1" and put in a bit longer ribbing at the bottom so that they can hold better. I think this will still be pretty loose on him.
But yes! Wearing the baby makes knitting with the newborn totally possible. I had no idea how that 1 hour of knitting would make me feel like a new person. These days, my life revolves around this little man. Nurse, burp, change diapers, Repeat. Thankfully, he started sleeping 3~4 hours at a time at night time so we are not getting our sleep interrupted as much as when we first brought him home (wow, that first night back was horrendous).
I'm hoping to finish this hat by today and block it so his little head would have something else to wear than the acrylic knit cap the hospital gave us!
Last week around this time, Baby Logan was just born and none of my hand knits fit him well because he was so small.
This week, he is 1-week old and this smaller newborn hat I made fits him a little better. I cannot believe how fast he is growing.
I am practicing babywearing with Logan so that I could eventually wear him for spinning and knitting. Probably not for sewing yet. :)
This Regia is something I got as a reward for myself after a couple of rounds of Destash Challenge. I love Regia but none of the LYS near here seems to carry the yarn. So I bought two balls from a fellow Raveler who was destashing. I saved it for after Logan's birth because I knew I would only have attention span for plain Stockinette socks for a while. The bright colors are so beautiful and reminds me of crayons. I cant wait to finish a pair of socks for me and then tube socks for Logan!