Arum and a Half

Pasha is making moves toward walking.

It's terrifying and exciting and terribly sad. He's stumbling around holding our hands, laughing and chasing after the dog. Life is full of activity and requires us to be ready and able to jump up and run at any moment. People joke about the messy and boring wardrobe that mothers of young children find themselves in -- tshirts, leggings, messy buns. But if you know us, you'd know that we're just wearing whatever is comfortable and can survive the frantic chasing of our little people.

This has been on my mind a lot as I have started to make my own clothes. As much as I love everything I have made, some pieces are more practical than others. And I'll be honest. When I first decided to make Arum, I did not think it would be much more than a piece to wear to church or out to dinner. But it turns out that this shirt dress style is perfect for shuttling Pasha to storytimes and chasing him around at playdates.

I don't know the brand of the fabric I used, but it is a lawn cotton I picked up at Creative Threads. When I went in I had no idea what I was looking for, so the woman who runs the shop pointed me to this. It was a little more expensive than the fabric I have used in the past, but the wear is perfect for our hot NC weather. Plus it doesn't show the wrinkles nearly as much as I have experienced in traditional quilting cotton.

The only change I would make to this is a longer hem. I sewed it to pattern, and I like a shorter skirt because my post-baby legs are getting quite toned from pushing strollers and running up and down stairs. But ultimately this length is a little too short to sit comfortably on the floor without paying careful attention to how I place my legs. And we all know that artful sitting is not top of the mind when playing trains.

I already made a second version as a shirt and was quite pleased with the result. I used the Anne of Green Gables print from Windham's  Literary line. As a stiffer fabric it fit a little more closely, but I didn't mind. That is until I put on our baby carrier for a quick Target run and popped the underarm seams. It should be a quick fix, but I don't think I'll wear it until my body has adjusted a little more. Because Mom boobs.