Bluebell Lingerie Set

I made a whole set of lingerie! I’m, like, a fancy person, now! I named it Bluebell, because holy crap there’s some Lulu Mae shit going on with this. (Apologies if your name happens to be Lulu Mae, but seriously. You have to be aware that your name is girly AF and country as all git-out.)

Bluebell Bra Set 01

I started with the bra, and then I decided I needed some matching undies because fancy. I’d already made the Fehr Trade lacy thong before, and despite my increasing measurements (totally all pregnancy and not at all taco-bell-related, honest) they continue to fit, so that’s where I started. The gingham is a woven, but I cut it on the bias, and it definitely worked. 5 stars, would do again.

Bluebell Bra Set 02

In these sorts of posts, people always tell you there’s no way to photograph undies and still make them look cute and tiny. I really wouldn’t know; these suckers are huge. The thong isn’t huge compared to my RTW undies, but let’s talk granny panties for a sec.

Bluebell Bra Set 03

I LOVE the look of Ohhh Lulu’s Grace panties, and that woven panel thing just makes me swoon. But her XL is for a 41″-42″ hip? WTF? I was really annoyed by this, and so I went about drafting my own pattern, to get roughly the same look. After seeing my finished product and how gigantic they are, I guess I can see how a smaller person might not even imagine a 50+” hip could exist. To be fair, these are specifically made to be granny panties (I don’t think hers are), so they completely cover my ass. (I was going to do that ass…ets joke thing, but meh. It’s my ass.) The leg elastic actually sits on my legs, cupping my butt, and that is the weirdest thing ever to me. I’ve never in my life worn non-thong underwear that didn’t turn into basically-a-thong underwear after a few minutes of wearing*.

But one of the points of consensus of having-a-babydom seems to be that you’re going to want some granny panties, so there we go. I actually compromised with myself to get over the awful horror associated with granny panties, and 1: made them see-through (except the woven front panel, and the crotch), and also 2: made the thong that also goes with the set, so it can still be a schmexy set. Speaking of that crotch, forgive my use of 2 pink crotch liners, one of them ridiculously hot pink. Here I am sharing my see-through granny panties on the internet, but the embarrassing part is that I used the first cotton jersey I could grab for the lining. =/

Onward to the bra! I used my corrected cradle piece with the extra inch in height, and with the CF fixed so that the underwire channels didn’t cross over one another so ridiculously. I think I actually am going to have to go back to having them cross completely. I have an extremely narrow space between my breasts, I guess. Makes for great cleavage, maybe?

Bluebell Bra Set 04

The extra height on the cradle ended up being more or less removed by some ridiculously wide elastic I used for the band. It’s like 3/4″ or something, and firmer than I’m used to. This’ll come in handy once I get the hang of it, but I pulled it too tightly when applying, so this bra gets uncomfortable after about 6 hours of wearing or so.

Bluebell Bra Set 05

I used the same cotton gingham for the bra cups, as well as some stretchy poly lace I found at Hobby Lobby, and everything is lined in the same white mesh I used in my granny panties (mesh was from Joann). My band elastic, straps, and hook & eye came from Arte Crafts on etsy, the elastic along the upper edge actually came from a gigantic spool I bought from Lace and Trims, also on etsy. The hooks and sliders are still left over from my Bra Makers Supply order I made (the last ones I had left, actually), and it’s hard to see, but the clear plastic swimwear hooks are from Merckwaerdigh.

Bluebell Bra Set 06

Even lined with the mesh, the gingham is actually pretty sheer. I would never wear an unlined blouse or dress made from it, for instance, but for underwear it’s double-plus happy good.

Bluebell Bra Set 07

Here she is stuffed on my dressform. Pretty gorgeous, right?

Bluebell Bra Set 08

And functional! (Hopefully.) I attached the swimwear hooks from Merckwaerdigh between the strap elastic and the fabric straps, so I can unsnap and hopefully nurse.

Bluebell Bra Set 09

Fairly easy to unsnap, but the end does fall over my shoulder when I do unsnap. Not difficult to retrieve, but still. Kinda annoying.

Bluebell Bra Set 10

And that exposes my dressform’s bandana-boob.

Bluebell Bra Set 11

Did you notice I closed her up and just stuffed the bra like I said I ought to do in my Bralogy post? Now my bras can actually close around the dressform, and you can get a better idea of what they look like on.

Bluebell Bra Set 12

*There’s one exception to the underwear-not-covering-my-butt history. At one point in my childhood, I did something I knew for sure I was going to get in trouble for (let’s not get into specifics). Knowing full well that I would get a paddling for it, I put every single pair of underwear I owned on, as well as some shorts and then my jeans, and then went and faced the music.

I don’t know if it actually helped lessen the sting of the swats, but the outermost pair of underwear got so stretched out that they always actually covered my butt completely from then on, haha! #cleverlikeafox

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Trilogy of Bras–A Bralogy?

Being a Bra-making Fool has really paid off in a very short amount of time. I cranked out 3 separate bras and they’re all worn in exclusive rotation right now (I’ve retired everything else, since nothing fits). Equally exciting is that I’ve been whittling away at my fabric stash (albeit small bits at a time). I have a bunch of random little bits of fabric that I had no idea what to do with (hashtag-sewing-problems, right?), but couldn’t throw out (of course). Lingerie-making solves that!

Since I was so rusty at bra-making (I thought), I didn’t want to use up any of my good fabric scraps (how does this make sense?). So, after digging through my stash, I came up with a blouse I’d found at a Goodwill. Hashtag ThriftyBoobs! It’s a blouse I secretly love but would never have worn (and couldn’t have, anyway–way too small for me, even pre-pregs). It was all stretchy lace (although very fuschia with all that floral print), bell sleeves, and even had a sort of mock corset-lacing thing going on at the front. Very much one of my favorite things from the 90s (you’d totally wear it with one of those tattoo-choker necklaces, you wouldn’t even have a choice) and one I would never be brave enough to actually wear (even back then).

I wish I’d gotten a picture of it before cutting it up to become a bra, but I fully expected this whole endeavor to be a bust (hahahaha “bust” hahaha). I was making a bra after a year of not making any bras; I was completely guessing at a new bra size; and honestly, even if it’s the right size, it’s likely to change anyway, what with the nursing and eventually being not-pregnant and stuff. So, naturally, it all worked out perfectly.

Bra1 A

This is the only bra-on-the-dressform pic I have. She was already maxed out before I got pregnant, and now she’s nowhere near big enough to replicate my lumps curves. Despite this, she’s WAY too big to wear my bras, since she’s expanded out to my full bust size, not my ribcage size. As soon as I typed that, I realized how dumb it is that I haven’t just fixed that, but meh. If you wanted to see ridiculously gorgeous dressform-modeled lingerie pics, you’d be over at VeryPurplePerson’s blog, anyway (seriously, go see. How can lingerie be so beautiful?).

Anyway, dressform pics are excellent at showing the seaming on the bra. Just to reiterate from my previous post, I’m using Merckwaerdigh’s BHL15 as my base pattern, with some significant mods to some of the pattern pieces. There are a couple of variations included in the pattern (“2 Big Size Bras”, remember? hahaha); I’m using the one with the powerbar option. I like the variety of pieces in this version–it just seems like it has to work, whereas the other version (1 big upper cup piece and 2 smaller lower cup pieces that are vertically-seamed) might not work. I haven’t even tried it, tbf; I was drawn immediately to the one with the powerbar. /shrug

My underwires cross in the center front. It feels fine wearing it, but it looks kind of weird when I’m actually looking at it.

Bra1 B

The powerbar and lower cup piece are lace lined in duoplex, while the upper cup piece is only lace. I think I’m also trying to show the ridiculous volume of the cups, since they’re soft and you can’t really tell unless I’m wearing it.

Bra1 C

The cradle is lace lined with duoplex for sturdiness, and the band is lace underlined with 2 different powernets, actually. When I was cutting up the blouse for fabric, I discovered that it had a light layer of black powernet in some places (maybe to lend some opacity to the lace?), which was awesome. The powernet I have is too lightweight (Amazon purchase, whomp whomp), and also very white (it’s dye-able nylon, so I got white; but then I never dye it, ha!). I’ve just been doubling and even tripling it in order to give more strength to the band. The white powernet was pretty durn ugly under the black-based lace, so I used the black powernet sandwiched in between the lace and the white powernet. Perfect! Elastic, hook and eye, and channeling were all black, and I used some gold rings and sliders I’d bought from Bra Maker’s Supply after Tasia posted about the jewelry-quality schmanciness (again, all left over from my last foray into bra-making. I really did have a lot more notions than I had thought I did!).

Bra1 D

And when I wear it, it actually fit me damn near perfectly (what is perfect in a bra, anyway?)

Bra1 E

There’s a little bit of pointiness I get when I wear a soft-cup bra, but I think that’s just something I have to get used to. I think it’s just the natural breast shape, and I’m more okay with it now that I’m pregnant than I was before. Growing up nowadays, it’s hard to stop thinking breasts are supposed to be perfectly spherical, but the pregnancy changes my body’s gone through have made me a helluva lot more accepting of my natural shape.

Bra1 F

Regardless, wearing this bra feels like someone is carrying my breasts around on dainty little pillows for me, without my shoulders having to hold the burden, so definitely a good fit! The center actually sits completely flat against my chest!! I’ve never had that, even on the bra-that-fit before, so I guess maybe it didn’t actually fit as well as I thought. This is an indicator that for the first time in my life, there’s enough volume in the cups. This is a huge contributing factor to the magical carrying-my-boobs-around-on-pillows feeling this bra gives me. If you don’t have this, your bra doesn’t fit. Plain and simple.

Bra1 G

For my second bra, I was feeling a little more confident, so I busted out some silky fabric I’ve been holding onto. It’s supposed to look like dupioni, I think, but the “slubs” are all very regular, pretty much screaming man-made. When I did a burn test on it, though, it seemed to be rayon rather than poly, which I’ve never heard of (I mean I’ve heard of rayon, just not rayon dupioni). I don’t know, doesn’t matter. It’s silky and off-white in a sort of grayish way. More black elastics and hook and eye, more gold rings and sliders.

Bra2 A

I tried to prevent the underwires from crossing one another this time, and pretty much failed. I topstitched my seams with a 3-step-zigzag, and for some reason, it makes it look like a baseball to me. I was going for an elegant, Parisian sort of cream and black, but I ended up with baseball. I’m okay with this, I think.

Bra2 B

I underlined all the cup pieces in the same duoplex as before, and the the band is one layer of black powernet and two layers of white. I was fairly meticulous about changing up my thread colors to match the fabric, but I also had the tension set fairly low when stitching from the front so I wouldn’t pull any black thread from the wrong side to the right side and make it look janky. So, instead, the wrong side is the janky-looking side.

Bra2 C

I also tried to create some fabric straps for the front (mostly to cut down on how much strap elastic I had to use, honestly), but I didn’t incorporate that into my pattern pieces when cutting. I made them after the fact, and they’re also somewhat less than elegant. Not a massive failure, though, at least!

Hahaha, this is such a pointy bra! So…I forgot to trim seam allowances, for some reason, and the topstitching can only do so much to flatten giant bulky seams. Since the seams actually run straight across the nippage area, it’s pointy in the most awkward way possible, haha.

Bra2 D

Oh my.

Bra2 E

I still wear it, with an undershirt to help soften the lines. (Not wearing an undershirt in these pics, of course, for the sake of honesty in showing how they fit.)

For the next bra, I actually went ahead and altered my pattern pieces. I wanted to try adding some height to the band and cradle, making it not quite a longline, but longer than it had been. I added an inch, tapering that down to nothing at the hook and eye end, since that width has been working well for the 3-hook pieces I’ve been working with. I added a little bit of width (1/4″) to the cradle center, too, to help keep the underwires from crossing one another.

Pattern Pieces 1.jpg

I also altered the powerbar pattern piece a little, taking a dart out of it that the baseball bra seemed to need, and incorporating a strap, too.

Pattern Pieces 2

This made the powerbar curve a little on a side that had previously been straight, but it seemed to work. It may have even helped a little with the pointiness, but it’s hard to tell.

I used some blue cotton with purple polka dots for this one, and I tried my hand at dyeing the white powernet. I was shooting for purple to match the polka dots, but the bottle of Rit I got was deceptively purple on the outside. It was called “wine”, and I guess I’m not enough of a drinker to’ve realized how red that would be. Oh well.

Bra3 A

You can see that my underwires definitely do not cross on this bra! In fact, I screwed up and added 1/4″ to the pattern piece, which of course adds 1/2″ to the whole cradle center. Dumb. I meant to only add 1/4″, but I seem to forget the doubling effect of altering pattern pieces a lot lately. I’m blaming pregnancy brain. In my defense, adding 1/8″ just doesn’t even seem worth it. In lingerie sewing, though (especially with bras), these little amounts really add up. Oh well, next time!

Bra3 B

The fabric straps are finished on both edges with picot elastic; I just ran the elastic all the way up the the sides and along the straps. Then I threaded the ends through the rings and covered the ends with some rayon seam binding I had in purple. It’s funny, the purple doesn’t match at all on this side, since it looks like a red and black bra from the wrong side. Bleh.

Bra3 C

It’s less pointy than my baseball bra, but the fit is actually worse. To be honest, my favorite of the 3 is the first one. I think the stretchiness of the lace in the upper cup really helped give a better shape.

Bra3 D

See what I mean? The upper cup is sort of squashing, since it’s a woven fabric (same thing was happening in my baseball bra, but I think the pointiness distracted a little from that, ha!).

Bra3 E

Far more importantly, this bra doesn’t sit flat against my chest in the center. The cradle is way too wide, and so my breast tissue is sort of pushing against it (revolt! viva la boobolucion!). So I guess I’m going to take that 1/8″ off of the pattern piece and try again for the next one.

Bra3 F

So there you have it! My bralogy: ThriftyBoobs, BaseballBoobs, and Boobolucion. All wearable, so all count as wins!🙂


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Bra-making Fool

When I was digging out the picot-edge elastic for my nursing/sleeping tops, I re-discovered all my bra-making notions. I made a couple of bras about a year ago (59 weeks ago, according to Instagram), and had some success. Mostly I made really pretty bras (Merckwaerdigh bra kits, whatup) that were too small. I did finally make one that fit me really well, and basically stopped once I did that. No idea why.

Rediscovering the notions, though (and realizing I actually had a lot more left over than I thought I did), re-inspired me to jump back on that horse. It seriously wasn’t until this point in time that I realized how much I’d outgrown my one single bra-that-fit. =/ It’s just so gradual that you don’t really notice, I guess. I mean, I knew I’d grown. Just not that my bra was fitting so poorly. Idk, anyway, I definitely knew I needed to go up a couple of cup sizes.

My base pattern that I’m working with is Merckwaerdigh BHL15 (“for 2 Big Size Bras“–super flattering pattern name, right? haha). To be frank, though, I have absolutely no idea what size I am, and I’m perfectly happy not knowing a number-letter combo to label my breasticles. I labelled my pattern pieces based on the colors of the lines I was tracing (blue, purple, indigo, etc). I’ve then been modifying those pieces even further, so…no idea what numbers/letters I am. It’s perfectly fine for my own use, though it’ll probably sound weird when I start talking about “purple cradle with indigo volume” and whatnot. Bear with me.

Color Lines

Firstly, I found which underwire size I am. During my previous bra-making attempts, I just ordered a big range of wire sizes to start off with, and then bought more of the one that ended up fitting me. Not super economical, especially at Netherlands-to-Texas shipping rates & times, but also not too terribly expensive, and now I have a collection of try-on wires for if I ever make someone else a bra.

Underwire Sizes

So, I had underwire size figured out from my previous bra-making attempts, but I wanted to verify that that hadn’t changed with the…growing. It hadn’t, and once I thought about it, it made perfect sense. My boobs got bigger, but the root, where they attach to my chest (check out K-Line’s blog post for further clarification) hadn’t gotten any bigger, and that’s what the underwire actually has to fit. So, I’m still an M100 in Merckwaerdigh’s wire size; that hadn’t changed at all. (Merckwaerdigh’s wires are the only ones I’ve ever tried, and I have no idea how they’ll translate in size to any other company’s wires. For now, I’m just sticking with what I know works. I swear I’m not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with her; I just really like what I’ve tried, so far.)

Next, I had to get a band that fit. I actually got this nailed down while making my earlier bras. I traced off the smallest band piece, and then shortened it 4 cm (according to the crazy instructions, it looks like that would make this a 38D in UK sizing/38C in US, but it’s really hard to tell). The cradle that I traced is also the smallest cradle piece in this pattern. It fits my underwire size pretty much perfectly, and I didn’t have to change anything since the underwire hadn’t changed. Bonus!

Back Band

Now, my last bra (the one-that-fit) used the blue-colored pieces (they were one cup size more than the cradle, but I was able to ease them in), and I knew I wanted to try going up 3 cup sizes from there (seriously, I really had outgrown that poor little thing). So I laboriously* retraced the cup pieces (*not actually laborious at all–there are 3, and they’re tiny) in the indigo-colored lines, added my seam allowances, and cut them out.

Indigo to Purple Cradle

Then I sat staring, racking my brain for how to make these pieces fit into that tiny (comparatively-speaking) cradle. I googled so many different variations of “big cup small underwire” and “large cup small cradle” and the like. I really couldn’t find anything that specifically addressed what my problem was (which is what prompted me to write about this; hopefully it helps someone else out there). I finally posted on Instagram, begging help from anyone I could think of that had made bras and might have answers/suggestions. The Green Violet* came to my rescue with the absolute perfect solution. (*I hadn’t known about the Green Violet before, but I started following her immediately, and between her and Gillian, I found out the Curvy Sewing Collective was doing Lingerie Month! I had no idea I was so in tune with the zeitgeist. Go me!)

So basically, she recommended that I go back to the smaller pattern pieces that were meant to fit the cradle I’d traced, and then slash-and-spread them to get the volume of the bigger pattern pieces. This worked out quite magnificently and was actually really easy since I had the indigo pieces already cut out to guide me in how much volume I was trying to add to my cup pieces. I just made certain that when I slashed and spread, I didn’t add to the seam line where each piece gets sewn to the cradle. That makes these pieces a little less than the indigo size, further confusing the whole “size” thing.

Indigo Pieces & Purple Slashed-and-Spread Pieces

Now that my pieces all fit into the cradle, I was ready to rock ‘n’ roll!

S-a-S Pieces to Purple Cradle

I cranked out 3 bras in quick succession, modifying my pattern a little bit after each one.


I made the purple floral one first, followed by the silky white one, and then the blue polka dotted bra. I tried to take the artsy hanging-in-front-of-a-window picture that everyone always seems to take with lingerie, but I sort of failed. And by the way, what the hell is up with all the windows in my house having tint on one half of the glass?? I’ve noticed it before and been puzzled by it, but it really affects my artsy-picture-taking, yo. Makes no sense. ANYWAY.


At least with the flash, you can tell what the bras look like. =/


I’ll go into more detail on the bras themselves in a future post. I mainly wanted to document how to solve that large-cup-small-wire problem, in case I go another year without making a bra again. (Ha! So not happening–I’m in the middle of a lingerie-making spree!!)

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Sleep/Nursing Bras

In my effort to make-all-the-things for baby, maternity, and home, I knew I’d want some sort of nursing-friendly nighttime wear. I’ve heard that…leakage…can happen if you don’t have nursing pads while you sleep, and obviously you need something to hold them in place. Not to mention that it was becoming pretty apparent early on (in the first trimester) that I’d need some sort of nighttime wrangler o’ boobs, anyway. I’ve never seen the point of soft bras, prior to this whole maternity thing. They aren’t supportive enough for me (at least in my admittedly narrow experience), so why bother? If I need a bra (aka if I’m awake at all), I need a bra. If I don’t (aka I’m asleep), then why wear half-a-bra?

Welp, when you reach a certain point, it becomes obvious how helpful having a sleepy-time bra could be. I actually tried sleeping in a sports bra, but the racerback style has always hurt my neck after a while, and I woke up with the worst headache. I decided to look into making a sleep bra for myself, and eventually settled on the Sweet Blossoms nursing bra. There wasn’t that much info in the way of reviews, but it looked fairly simple and straightforward, and bonus points for it being nursing-friendly. So I gave it a shot, using the largest size “Lily”, as my jumping off point. (The sizes are all named after flowers, but it’s pretty clear which is the biggest and which is the smallest when you’re looking at the pattern pieces.)

The pattern is a digitized version of a hand-drawn pattern. It’s not schmancy at all, and to be perfectly honest, if I’d known how low-budg it was, I doubt I would’ve dropped 7 bucks on it when there are more professional patterns available. Not that there was anything wrong with it, I just expected more than the hand-drawn pattern pieces and the jumping-around kind of instructions that came with it. But regardless, I did buy it, so then I had to at least try to make it work.

My first attempt yielded something that I wouldn’t call wearable if it was supposed to be worn in public (like a swimsuit or something), but it’s okay for sleeping in. The front is just 2 identical pieces, mirrored and with a great big overlap, and the back is like a regular ol’ tank top (again, better for my neck and back than the racerback that my sports bras have).

Nursing Bra 01

Nursing Bra 03

The overlap on the front allows the nursing access for sleepy feeding times, I guess (having never nursed, admittedly).

Nursing Bra 02

There’s elastic all along the edges, but it’s not really that secure.

Nursing Bra 04

In addition to there being no real support on the bottom, the elastic just doesn’t pull tight enough to offer the coverage I’d feel more comfortable in. So yeah, I couldn’t wear it out in public, but for sleep it’s probably fine.

Nursing Bra 05

And for internet posting, I guess. Geez that’s an embarrassing picture, but look! Duncan is peeking out from under my arm in the background. There ya go, saved by dogs!

My dressform shows it a little more like it’s supposed to look, I’m pretty sure.

Nursing Bra 06

Nursing Bra 08

And just for funzies, here’s how the nursing access is supposed to work, too.

Nursing Bra 07

Since it feels like the armholes and neckline could stand to be tighter/smaller, I decided to try going down a size and adding an FBA for my next try. I did a 1″ FBA, although I’m not really sure if it counts as a 2″ because the front pieces are doubled, or…? I also opted to make it a camisole for sleeping in, mostly because I had the extra fabric leftover, so meh, might as well. I cut the front with an extra 6″ in width and then just gathered it when attaching the “band” elastic.

Nursing Bra 11

Nursing Bra 13

As you can see, it comes up higher and I feel like it has a bit more coverage for the arms and neckline, but it really doesn’t feel that great. I think I still might just hate soft bras. And again, because I guess I like exposing my dressform or something:

Nursing Bra 12


Inside out again:

Nursing Bra 09

And me wearing it again:

Nursing Bra 10

Comparing this picture to the first one, it really doesn’t look much better, does it? Oh well, it’s a thing to sleep in, who cares. I wouldn’t say I’m happy per se, but I’m satisfied with it. I can’t figure out how the hell the overlap/underlap is supposed to sit across my chest, but that’s true of all wrap tops. I can never get the hang of wrap dresses and surplice tops and the like. I doubt my baby’s going to be judging my nursing bra, anyway, haha!

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Diapery Nonsense

So, first, the elephant in the room:

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me. The elephant is me. I’m in the room.

I’m 7 months-ish pregnant. I didn’t mean to ~hide it~ from the internet or anything, I just never got around to taking good pictures, which meant not posting about it, which eventually made it weird and awkward. The thing with being pregnant is it snowballs. I don’t get less-pregnant, so the longer I waited, the more awkward it got, until I finally just took a picture and posted it on Instagram Christmas morning, just to have it out there. So yeah. Minimal fanfare, and honestly, that’s about all the fanfare I could muster up for any social media venue. On Facebook, I posted a picture of the ultrasound with the caption “We made a thing.”

Obviously with something as monumental as pregnancy comes a massive drive to make all the things. I *ahem* sort of have a habit of setting myself some unrealistic goals, making it impossible to keep all of them. I know this, but I still set a million goals because they’re just so shiny, I can’t resist. I know I’ll only meet a fraction of them, and I’m trying to be okay with that. (I seem lazy and disorganized on the outside, but trust me, I’m dying on the inside. There’s an inexplicable perfectionist streak that never gets realized irl.)

With that said, I made a giant list of goals, and have been half-assedly tracking them, so I don’t wander around aimlessly and end up making nothing. I’ve made several things, and there are approximately eleventy billion more that I likely won’t actually get around to. I’m not going to pretend I’m not having fun, though, which is what I feel like is really important (assuming I have the essentials already, which I feel like we’ve more or less got a handle on *jinxes self, shut up, Kristi*).

One of the number one things on my list of goals was diapers. Holy crap will cloth diapers save you money over disposables, but holy crap are they expensive little suckers as an up-front cost. Having some sewing know-how really saves some money here, so I figured why not use it? We’re under absolutely no illusions that we’ll be exclusively cloth-diapering or anything like that, and we’re both going to be working parents so we already knew it’d be likely a daycare would need us to use disposables, but anything to help mitigate the costs will help. I figure we can use cloth at home, and disposable for travel/daycare. Regardless, they’re fucking adorable, so obviously I had to make some.

I bought my supplies before finding out gender, so I went with a nice, neutral royal blue (which I had thought was navy…) and lime green plain fabric. I already had some snaps and the snap pliers doodad from making some cloth “paper towels” (dear lord, I hate the term “unpaper towels”) that I could keep spooled on a roll. I also got some bamboo velour, because



Add some elastic, and lots of far-away shots that won’t get up close enough for you to see how awfully I could not sew a straight line, aaaand BAM:



Pretty cute, right?


Especially all put up in the drawer like so:


There are these soaker pad inserts I still need to make, so these aren’t actually finished, but whatever. The good thing about the soaker pads is I won’t have to keep making more as the baby gets bigger; they’re adjustable, and just lay in the diapers, so I can keep them even after the baby’s outgrown these teeny little diapers.

My parents also bought us a bunch of cloth diapers that are in a bigger size, and they look like they’ll be more adjustable (cuter, too), which is fantastic! To be honest, it was incredibly frustrating trying to sew these up (that velour stretches like a MOFO), and it’s going to be a while before my memory gets hazy enough to convince me to try again in a larger size.



But anyway, I used the Cloth Revolution free diaper pattern because duh, it’s free, and also pretty damn comprehensive. If there are different styles you want to try, check this thing out. Tons of options to customize. I went with just a basic, fitted diaper because I’m of a generation that only knows disposable diapers and that’s what diapers are supposed to look like. Also, I have no idea what I’m doing, and/or what will work best for my eventual kid, so yeah. I’m starting at a basic diaper, and we’ll see if I ever get the energy to expand out from there.

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