Around the time my babies reach three months, I’ve noticed, I start to get a bit of energy back.
Inspiration strikes. I decide not to buy whatever latest baby need has arisen but to make it instead. I start pinning endless craft projects. I start making endless lists.
And so the past weekend was a frenzy of ideas of all the things I am desperate to sew, knit, paint or make in any other way possible.
This time round, though, my free time isn’t quite in proportion with my plans. The permanently unfinished house calls out to me to be painted and any dual naptime that’s achieved is taken up with decorating rather than crafting.
So the lists remain lists, for now, but I plan to prioritise finding time soon for the very first item on the very biggest list: a few more maxi skirts following the Versa skirt tutorial by Delia Creates.
I have one of these already in my wardrobe, you see, that I made myself shortly after the sprog was born. I’ve barely stopped wearing it ever since.
It’s a skirt for all seasons, yes. And all occasions, shapes and sizes.
I wore it throughout my pregnancy with the latest babe. It looked great at six weeks and when I was nine months preggo it was about the only thing I could fit into.
I wear it in winter with tights and in summer with flip flops.
I wear it to slump around the house, as comfy as if I’m in my PJs and I wore it, with a glorious floral jacket to a friend’s wedding.
I’m wearing it right now, sitting here writing this…
In short, I wear it whenever it’s not in the wash…
So, it’s high time for a few more, I think. I dream of a nautical blue-and-white striped one, Delia style, and a really bright and vibrantly coloured geometric print one – Aztec / 1980s style.
Oh, and I forgot to say the absolute best thing about it: to make one, you just need to sew three straight lines. Which makes it, in my book, the best sewing project ever!
Does anyone have any other suggestions for super simple but super useful sewing patterns / tutorials? Drop me a comment as I’d love to expand my repertoire…
- I think this is about the only thing I’ve ever sewn for myself to wear, but I have blogged about a few other bits and pieces, like these egg cosies, this quilted teapot cover, these amazing dog draught excluders and some super cute baby trousers and bibs.