{Personal} Sew-a-bration of Womanhood

UPDATE: THE TUTORIAL FOR THIS TOP IS AVAILABLE NOW ON MY SEWING BLOG, FREE NOTION. yOU CAN VIEW IT HERE.

Today, I'm honored to share my contribution to the Shaffer sisters and Call Ajaire's Sew-a-bration of Womanhood!

I've become a huge advocate of women sewing for themselves over the last few months. I think its exceptionally important to prioritize ourselves (and I know all too well how motherhood interferes with that!). In terms of sewing, it's just a bonus that this yields something beautiful that we can FEEL beautiful in!

I'd thought I'd gotten really good at this lately, too (prioritizing myself, that is!). Until I was chatting with my girlfriend Jeanine about our features for this series, and confessed how many half-started projects I had for myself. I'd simply been derailed by sewing for...everyone else. 

I kicked my post-PPD self. How did I let this happen? Hadn't I learned anything from my emotional trials in the last year? 

Self-care is NOT selfish!

And the stack of unfinished projects suggested this momma was way overdue for some self-care.

I picked up a pom-pom trimmed yoke (a la Jocole Quickdress) I'd made months back after seeing this Anthropologie top. Once upon a time, I'd planned to use it to replicate this nursing top. But then I figured... with Everett coming up one the 1 year mark, he'd surely ween before I could finish such a project.

Not so, apparently. We're at 14 months and dude would probably nurse for another 14 years if he'd still fit in my lap!

Nursing... mommy-love... does it get much more "woman" than that?? I think not! Inspiration struck, so I pom-pom'd over to my machine and got stitching...

"Oh hey! didn't see you there!"

"Oh hey! didn't see you there!"

This is what I came up with:

I'll write up a full tut eventually (I will make more of these!) - but basically I took my top-10-women's-pattern-every-sewist-must-own favorite, the Quick Dress, and cut two front pieces. One I cut down the middle, then I gathered the other and layered it over the opening. Baste together, stitch as one, and voilà! A nursing quick dress! The mommy-approved, summer-friendly, high-fashion replica.

All that's left is to grab your babe...

Fuel him up...

And watch him go!

Neat, huh?? Amazing things happen when you sew for yourself! And the more I do, the better I get at adapting patterns like these to fit my everyday needs ...and *cough* expensive aesthetic.... ;) 

Happy Sewing!! Please link me to your projects in the comments below, I always love more inspiration :D

UPDATE: THE TUTORIAL FOR THIS TOP IS AVAILABLE NOW ON MY SEWING BLOG, FREE NOTION. YOU CAN VIEW IT HERE.