Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Maybe I'm a Little Crazy . .


Recently I purchased this lovely little pattern, but I fear it is proof that I may be bit crazy. Perhaps you are thinking to yourself, Why miss Annabelle, I have no idea what you are talking about.  This really is a darling pattern and there is no reason why you should be ashamed for purchasing it.

Well let me tell you, it is a maternity pattern, and I'm not pregnant, and I knew it was a maternity pattern when I bought it!  Yes, dear readers, I saw this pattern and thought must add it to my stash for someday.  After all, I do plan on having a family in the future . . .

The funny thing is, I told my husband what I was doing when I purchased the pattern and he didn't make the slightest fuss about it.  Maybe he knows that with my current sewing queue, it will be ages before I have the time to sew this baby up.  Or maybe he's thinking that I can have all the maternity patterns I want, it doesn't mean I'm with child.  Or - one last one for you - maybe he thinks that he can't wait to be dad, so the thought of his little wife in maternity dresses is a happy thought!

To be honest, I'm not quite sure what he thinks, I'm just glad he doesn't think I'm crazy ('cause I do).  But don't worry, this is truly where I draw the line.  I'm not about to start amassing a collection of diapers, bottles, pacifiers, or actual maternity clothes.

How about you?  What is the most unnecessary pattern that you have bought?  Any strange purchases that are clearly not in line with your current life style?  Let me know I'm not alone here.

Oh, and if you happen across any other must have maternity patterns, let me know.  After all, when the time comes I want to be prepared to be the cutest darn pregnant gal ever ;)

Live in this moment and love life!
Annabelle

23 comments:

  1. I haven't bought a pattern in ages, but I don't think you're mad at all! You have to snap these things up when you see them, and it is super cute! :)

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    1. You are so right! Thanks for believing that I am not crazy.

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  2. Patterns like that are great, not just for baby days but since they are adjustable, they are very comfortable for hot summers, lazy days at home, etc. Don't feel too bad, I bought a pink baby's sleeper for winter time before we were even engaged! My most out of line pattern purchase was a pattern (actually 2 patterns) for 1940's shorts. Who am I kidding? I never wear shorts, not in shape for shorts and certainly never had time to sew those things either! :P

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    1. I love it, a baby sleeper before you were even engaged! I see that you were more than happy to start a family.

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  3. I think it's a great idea! In fact, I've seen a few vintage maternity patterns sewn up recently and they have me thinking I should stash a few too. No harm in being prepared when the time comes. The last thing you want while pregnant is to stress about finding the perfect pattern ;-) Yours is very cute because it doesn't scream maternity and will grow with you. Kat on SW posted this one last week. The pleats can be let out as needed. I love those little vintage features.

    My oddest pattern is a tailored blazer. I don't need one since I don't dress professionally at the moment but, it's a Claire Schaeffer pattern so, it has a lot of couture details that I'm sure will come in handy on something else.

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    1. Ahh, I think I have that same pattern for the blazer! I bought it thinking I should make it for work - but sewing other things is just more fun. Maybe someday I'll be more in the mood for couture details on a tailored blazer.

      I'm glad you're another person who thinks my purchase is completely normal. I can't wait to have the reason to sew it up.

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  4. That doesn't look like a maternity pattern! Maybe your hubby didn't fully realize what you were showing him and just thought it was another pretty dress LOL.

    I recently bought a "lot" of 60 patterns blind, and it came with a bunch of kids and mens and some fugly womens patterns I'll never use but I had a good laugh about them, and then decided to keep them anyway - so you're not alone :)

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    1. Oh my goodness, you should post some of your patterns on your blog. It would be fun to have a good laugh.

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    2. Hey, good idea! I might just do that! ;)

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  5. Just to say: maternity patterns can, depending how exactly they design around the baby bump, be used for regular clothes! I have one maternity shirtdress pattern that used a series of snaps to make an adjustable-width waistline, and I just sewed down pleats where the snaps were meant to go. That dress looks like it just gathers under the ties in back--I say make it and wear it anyway! I bet it's hella comfy.

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    1. I think you are right about my dress not looking like a maternity pattern, I should make it and see how well it works sans "bump". I would love to see the shirtdress that you made, I took a peruse through your blog and couldn't find it. Have you blogged about it? If not, please do and let me know!

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  6. It's cute! At first glance I thought it was an apron dress. =)

    I have a HUGE collection of patterns and I've got a stack of maternity ones - it's amazing how often I need things for other people even when I don't need them for myself.

    At least you don't have parenting magazines coming to you for free because they think you just had a baby for some reason (like I do)!

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    1. Yes, it does sort of look like an apron dress. That would be so interesting to sew for clients like you do. Have you really had maternity garments requested? I'm glad I don't have any parenting magazines coming to the house yet - too soon for that - hehe.

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    2. I've been asked to make a some maternity clothes for a couple people. (I think the weirdest thing that someone once requested was two pairs of men's "fur pants" in hot pink/lime green & purple/lime green.)

      I don't have kids yet, so I probably bought unscented lotion and calcium or something during one grocery store run and got on the "probably pregnant" list that stores keep in their database for coupons. The list of items that gets you on that list is a really strange assortment of things!

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  7. Wow, she's a really skinny pregnant lady, the one in the pattern picture. I think it might have fit me through 10 weeks max. ... I always thought if I got preggers again Megan Nielson has some cute patterns.

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    1. I think in the 40's (where this pattern originates) it was not popular to display a baby bump. In the picture the dress appears quite fitted, but the tie sash that creates that look. The dress is like a giant choir robe that can be adjusted to accommodate a growing belly. So, I think it will work. I've heard of Megan Nielson and will likely investigate her pattersn once there is an actual need for maternity clothes in my life :)

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    2. Oh, I see how it works! That would be useful the whole year to have something that can be adjusted to fit you fairly well. Instead of moving into the tent for the duration. And having something adjustably cute to wear the first couple of months after would be useful. Duly noted.... :)

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  8. It has been a long time since I checked any blogs and even longer since I have written anything in mine. I think you and I ought to take in some estate sales listed as having a sewing machine or two, fabric, and sewing supplies. There are bound to be some patterns which will be priced at $1 each. Some of the patterns will be very gorgeously vintage. :-) Actually you could look through some of my patterns but I am not certain how many I have left that go back to the 60's.

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    1. Linda! I love the idea of going to an estate sale with you sometime, it would be a wonderful time. And how sweet of you to offer up some of your patterns - I will absolutely take you up on that :)

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  9. I didn't even want to sew pregnant, so my scant few maternity patterns went to waste.

    As far as oddest purchase: an opera coat from Vogue, modern Oscar de La Renta. I live in the back woods country with a redneck in an area I'm dressed up because I don't wear jammies/sweats and stained and torn t-shirts. The closest place I will ever need a coat like that is in my imagination.

    I also have a metric ton of coat patterns...and I lived in Texas when I bought them. Now that I live in TN, I don't need them much either, but I do have a flapper coat pattern everyone can bite me over since when I find the right fur one day, I am making and wearing that bad boy.

    To be honest, I stopped worrying about what I had when I got well over 500 patterns. Now that I'm in the thousands, I have them all for "details".

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    1. Good point about not wanting to sew when you are pregnant - I guess that means I should start sewing this up now ;)

      An opera coat from Vogue sounds divine, if nothing else you can have a sense of pride just from owning it - but I do hope you find an excuse to sew it up. (Think about what a great learning opportunity it will be). I also think you should make your flapper coat - no hard feelings from me.

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  10. I too have bought maternity patterns despite not having a partner, so you're not alone ;)

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    1. Tors, it is good to know that I am not the only one - thanks! It will be wonderful when you finally have an excuse to use your maternity patterns.

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