The reason these photos look so grimy is, it turns out, because my mirror is absolutely filthy.
Not that you can really see it, but I'm wearing the post natal tunic I finished just before giving birth, and I'm really rather pleased with it. I'm glad I decided to lower the neckline even more than the pattern called for, as it's super-easy to feed in, and I'm more or less alternating it with my one other (shop bought) tunic/shirt thing, as nothing else is easy to feed in (something of an essential with my marathon-feeding-baby) and fits comfortably.
Which brings us rather neatly onto why I nearly didn't post this. People, I am chubby (OK, fat). I was doing pretty well on the whole weight gain thing during my pregnancy, but the pelvis induced house arrest over the last few weeks of my pregnancy meant I somewhat packed it on (which shows, presumably, that I'm actually pretty active normally). On the whole, I like to keep this space for things that I (and hopefully you) actually want to look at (and I think it's safe to say that no one's enjoying perusing my reflection in those shots, although the cute fluffy baby head redeems things slightly) and when I first took these pictures to prove that my shirt fit, my first instinct was to either delete them or hide them somewhere in the depths of my iMac. However, reading Christina's post the other day inspired me to put up an honest post natal picture, rather than avoiding any images of myself/mirrors/vaguely reflective surfaces until I look more socially acceptable.
In other, less flabby news, I'm really enjoying planning my summer wardrobe. Although that planning is mainly consisting of perusing fabrics and pattern choices at the moment, rather than actual sewing (I refuse to make myself an entire wardrobe in size ginormous). And I'm not the only one planning - I'm excited to see what Manda comes up with (based on most things she makes, it will probably be very stylish. And yes, it is her fault I own a full set of Lisette patterns). Other garment sewists I'll be
stealing ideas from getting inspired by include Amanda, Florence (such a beautiful name!) and the uber-skilled Amy.
Oh, and if you're after inspiration for kids' spring/summer clothes, be sure to check out Elsie Marley. Meg has just announced Kids Clothes Week: Spring 2011. Last year's provided me with about a decade's worth of sewing ideas, and even resulted in a few extra handmade items for Teddy. Plus it will mean I get to spend time sewing without wasting time and fabric on clothes for me that I'll hopefully shrink out of fairly soon (oh-my-gosh-I-have-to-get-into-a-pretty-dress-and-get-married-in-under-15-weeks).