Ease-in to Motherhood

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Ease-in to Motherhood

Junior Prom
It’s been a while since I eased into motherhood.  My eldest is 17, and my youngest is 14, and that’s it, only 2. Isabel is on the right in the image to the right.  That’s from her junior prom, and no, I did not make that dress. Tony is below.  He’s about 6 feet 3 inches tall (190 cm) … at 14.  He broke his humorous a couple of months ago, and the surgeon told us that his growth plates were still open.  He’s still growing! 
My cute kid.
There are two reasons that I started sewing clothing.  I had been making quilts, and I liked doing that, but I’m a bit of an exhibitionist.  I love being the center of attention.  I love showing off my work, whether it is sewing, art work, gardening, or my professional work in engineering.  I want people to see what I do.  I decided the best way to show off my quilts to those around me was to wear them.  I started making quilty clothing and art-to-wear.

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Then I had Isabel.  I wear size XXL, 1X, or 2X.  Do you think I could find nursing tops in my size? Well, I could find one or two.  They were in polyester or nylon; I prefer natural fibers.  I was into attachment parenting. The book by William Sears recommended the Nursing Mothers Sewing List, so I signed up.  The e-mail list introduced me to Elizabeth Lee Designs, which is no longer a business, but she produced patterns for nursing tops.  With the support of the mailing list members, I was off and running … I mean, sewing. I don’t have a lot of pix.  Year 2000 was before digital cameras were common, and it was a lot harder to get digital images.  The image to the right is me nursing my daughter in one of Elisabeth Lee’s designs.  I was still in my art-to-wear phase.  🙂

I made a lot of nursing tops. I made us matching tops (below).  I look at those tops below and think, “Both Isabel and I loved those tops. Why isn’t purple panné still in fashion?” It’s a lovely color.  It’s nicely fuzzy.  It’s warm and comfy.  Ah, well.

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My favorite nursing top that I made was a jacket.  It also was an Elizabeth Lee design, and I put the nursing slots in it, but I never nursed either kid while wearing it.  It is pictured below.
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That jacket was really warm.  The center front panels were doubled, and there was a layer underneath.  It had great pockets, too.

The design had a double layer front panel that zipped in to allow for a baby in a front carrier.  I carried Isabel or Tony in a sling.  We went out in weather in the 20s F (subzero C), and Isabel or Tony and I stayed very comfortable.

In the 14 years since Tony was born, my sewing skills have improved a lot.  I make a lot of my clothing today.  I have joined a lot of sewing communities on line.  You might know me as Neefer.  I’m not as active in those on-line communities as I was 5 or so years ago, but as a result of those communities, I met some local sewing folks with whom I am now very close.

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