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two sides to the same coin

On my Firefox tabs is a link to the Elizabeth Lee nursing and babywearing coat. And another tab is the Hot Patterns Metropolitan Criterion blouse. I’m going to lengthen the babywearing coat to a more modern, less parka-like length so it’s less casual. The fabric is very chic. And the criterion blouse? Well that’s just hip. I can push it up, wear a nursing tank and be a happy, hip mama.

I wondered what I’d be like as a mom – would I sew? Would I still consider fashion a highlight? Yes, and yes. In fact, I sew more now than I have in a long time. And I still love fashion. And I consider it my duty to be fashionable as a mama. If I show my baby that I care about myself too, that shows her that women are to be valued, motherhood is a desirable option. The women that schlump around in bad sweats and ponytails (when they are not at the gym) are doing themselves – and their children – a disservice.

I’m all for cute, well-fitting yoga pants with a hoodie on your way to yoga, or walking the dog. But when you go out to the store, unless it’s to get running shoes, put on a nice outfit!

A friend admitted to me that her last month of pregnancy she wore men’s sweats as often as she could (and I’ve heard this from more than one person, too). I’d have run out and bought a brand new outfit for my preggo body before I’d be caught dead in men’s sweats! In fact, I think I did, in January or February, buy new maternity wear knowing full well I had a month or two left and that was all. But not everyone thinks fashion is important.  That’s why there’s What Not to Wear.

I, on the other hand, do. I think it says to the world, I respect you and I respect myself. So, that’s why I’m making nice flannel pajamas. I might be in my robe at 8pm, but it’s over matching PJs with matching slippers.

Off to cut out the purple flannel nightie with nursing openings. Hip mama indeed.

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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