Back in July I was delighted to get an email from An asking if I wanted to take part in the tour and when I had a look at the list of patterns to choose from, I knew straight away that I wanted to make the baby sleepsack; the nesting instinct must have finally kicked in. FYI nesting when you are a sewist/crafter involves making things for new arrivals!
I think I underestimated how hard it would be to fit in a sewing project right now… I mostly put my creative skills to good use with a charity that I work for full time, alongside caring for my two kids… couple that with persistent Braxton Hicks and the usual last few weeks exhaustion of pregnancy and boy did the time between that initial email and my blog tour date go fast!
It doesn’t help when the baby bump tries to assist with the assembling of the paper pattern and keeps nudging the sheets of paper out of alignment! Thank goodness the Lua pattern is a cinch to sew together and An’s instructions are a breeze to follow!
I added several little hits of red contrast from the piping along the front to the side zipper and these cute wooden kitten buttons! It has been so great to get back to sewing and seems really apt that it was using fabric from Birch, as I have such a long history working with them and the collections really are wonderful in feel and aesthetic.
It is my first time sewing with one of the Straight Grain Patterns and I was lucky enough to be able to choose another pattern so I can’t wait to sew up the shift dress version of the Ume if I can just decide which fabric to use!
For more inspirational versions of Straight Grain Patterns or to see how the Birch Fabrics’ collections look sewn up, please do go check out the other creatives on the tour!