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Vintage Maternity. Awesome.

What? You thought I’d be writing about St. Patrick’s Day? Sorry gang, the parade is out for us until the kiddies are bigger, and drinking is out for me (wine: okay!; car bombs: not okay!) for the foreseeable future. Chances are decent for an impromptu family get together later today, but my father is out of town on business and he’s usually the ringleader.

Anyway. I’m here to talk about sewing. Yesterday I went on a little field trip to the largest independently owned fabric store in New England, The Fabric Stash, on wind of a rumor that they have a good selection, open classes and a clothing designer on staff. (All true!) I picked up some fabric for my Folklore Bag, and was excited to start on it this morning.

And this morning I found out that my copy of the book was missing the pattern insert for this particular project.

After a quick phone call to Storey Publishing, a new (complete) copy is on its way. Very happy with the customer service, but am itching to get started on a sewing project.

Said itch has led me down the rabbit hole of vintage maternity patterns. Check out the awesomeness:

From the 40s. I swear to you this is a maternity pattern. I have no idea how – I mean, in my skinniest (and I have been pretty damn skinny at a few points in my life) there is no way my waist would ever have been that small. But pregnant? What?!?!?!?

From the 80s. Though completely opposite, these are not much better than the ones from the 40s. In fact, these are only a few short steps away from a burqa. Are they trying to hide they have a body altogether? Is there anything that could possibly be less flattering? I mean, really, you feel big enough when you’re pregnant without wearing a circus tent.

I am, however, completely in love with the next 2 patterns:

From the 60s and 70s, respectively. Now those are some cute, wearable maternity clothes. I might skip on the bloomers (perhaps they were a better idea back when the average age of pregnancy was early 20s, not early 30s, speaking from the state of my upper thighs these days), and the ankle length version of the 70s dress, but overall, I heart these.

Wish patterns these days were more than the dumbed-down, shapeless, fashionless tunics I have found so far. With home clothes sewing a dying (dead?) art, there’s just no point in developing a wide range of well designed patterns I suppose.



A meme. For you.

Just what we need around here – a meme to get things rolling again!

1.Explain what ended your last relationship?

Wow. We’re talking about almost 10 years ago now… not as long as some of you guys, but still, a long time. Short answer: infidelity. Long answer: State trooper sting operations, and a long, tangled web of lies.

(How’s that for a tantalizing answer? And no, you won’t get more of it on this blog. There are The Rules you know.)

2. When was the last time you shaved?

Ha! I’m pregnant, with a stall shower, and it’s winter.

3. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.

Making coffee. Everything before that is kind of fuzzy.

4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago?

Eating lunch. Mmmmm, waffles!

5. Some things you are excited about?

An upcoming long weekend away to a warm beach. No kids. No dogs. AND we have a direct flight out of Worcester airport, which is 15 minutes from my house, and parking is so easy, get this… it’s on the honor system. That’s right, the airport is so small, parking is on the honor system. So Easy!!

6. What is your favorite flavor of JELL-O?


7. Your prom night, what do you remember about it?

Hmmmm…. junior prom, I loved my dress, I had my hair done up in Shirley Temple curls, and my date (a friend) picked me up in a cute little sports car. Fun all around! Senior prom, I wore a sundress, birkenstocks, and wish that I hadn’t gone with such a jerk.

8. Do you have any famous ancestors?

My great-grandfather was a captain in the NYPD during Prohibition, and grew up with a bunch of the mobsters. (His wife used to vacation with Al Capone’s wife in Florida.) There is a book and 2 movies about him, and his pivotal role of upholding the law while balancing between the 2 worlds.

9. Last thing received in the mail?

A credit card offer? Supermarket flyers. Other junk. Bleh.

10. How many different beverages have you had today?

Coffee. Water. Which reminds me it’s time for my big glass o’ milk.

11. Do you ever leave messages on people’s answering machine?

Sometimes. Because sometimes there’s just no point in leaving a message.

12. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?

Nope. I’m not much fun like that – I think it’s kind of pointless and my New England reserve whispers to me that that sort of thing is kind of narcissistic. However, Eric IS fun, and he always builds elaborate sand sculptures when we go to the beach. Like this. And this.

13. Any plans for Friday night?

Friday night is take-out night! Boring, but at the end of a long week, we’re both pretty excited about not cooking, and not doing dishes.

14. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?

Once, when Eric and I drove cross country, camping out of the back of my Jetta in various state and national parks, I went almost a whole week only bathing in mountain streams, lakes, and on the last day before having access to a shower again, we camped on the beach at Carlsbad State Park in southern CA and the ocean was the cleanest we were going to get. By the end of the that week, my hair was in natural dreadlocks. It was pretty awesome, and kind of freaky, especially for a girl with super-fine, super-straight hair.

We must have smelled so bad.

15. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns?

Yes. I don’t like to eat the popcorn, but Eric’s not as picky, and EJ loves playing with the big container.

16. Do you re-use towels after you shower?


17. Describe your keychain(s)?

I don’t have one. After years of moving, and moving, and moving, keychains kind of became a pain in the ass.

18. Where do you keep your change?

I keep my change in my wallet. Eric has organized various spots for me to keep my change overflow. Cause he’s OCD like that.

19. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?

My last UCB show in March 2008, just before I got pregnant with EJ. (Actually, I threw up in the theatre bathroom just before the show, which was weird at the time because I wasn’t nervous or anything, but with the positive pregnancy test a week later, it made a lot more sense.)

20. What kind of winter coat do you own?

I have a dark blue, knee-length down coat that has been fabulous this winter. I also have a beautiful camel, walking-length wool coat, and a black, walking-length black wool coat with woven patterning, but those two (while very warm) aren’t exactly practical when kicking around in the country hauling a toddler through 3 feet of snow.