Saturday, September 03, 2011

Feet the size of seam allowances ~ Un encours au long cours...

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The vast majority of us sewists have a distinct, intrinsic sense of exactly how much a seam allowance measures; it is something we instinctively visualize, to the point we can eyeball them when working on a garment.
It probably won't surprise you that, when told of feet that measured 1.5 cm (5/8”), I couldn't help immediately thinking of a seam allowance. You know, all the fruit analogies just weren’t doing it for me – I mean, can’t a lemon’s size vary significantly depending on where and how it’s grown? And, er, what’s a kumquat?

But give me a measurement of 1.5 cm, and I can immediately visualize the size not only of the feet, but of the whole little body attached to it. For the first time I really, really got a clear and intimate sense of the size of our baby.


Everything's going fine so far, and happy does not begin to describe how we feel!
The due date is very early March (it would be late February by English, American, or indeed most other standards, as the French health system adds a week to the pregnancy from I believe most of the world: a pregnancy here lasts officially 41 weeks). Seb's hoping for a birth on Feb. 29th! I am 15 weeks along right now, so the exhausting first few months are over.

You can imagine I have TONS of creative ideas, both for my pregnancy wardrobe and for the baby. For those of you who listen to the podcast, you will now understand why I was so excited about my fall-winter wardrobe in my last episode - it is indeed going to be a bit special this year!
I couldn’t start on my sewn wardrobe as early as I’d wished because of sciatica, but the pain is starting to abate and I was able to finish my first top yesterday (fortunately, it was cut out before the pain started, as I don’t feel up to cutting out patterns and fabrics quite yet). I did start on belly-friendly knitwear, though, and the baby already has a first little cardigan all knit up and blocked, which only needs buttons.
I don’t think any other project has ever made me quite so happy as knitting this little cardi – apart obviously from this other ongoing, (and indeed way longer than) 9-month project!


Bonjour à tou-tes ! Vous l'avez sans doute remarqué : je ne poste pas souvent de photos d'ouvrages avant qu'ils ne soient terminés... Aujourd'hui, cependant, je fais une exception pour un en-cours... au long cours !


C’est quand on m’a donné la mesure de 1,5 cm pour les pieds, que j’ai automatiquement pensé à une marge de couture, et que j’ai tout de suite pu visualiser la taille, non seulement de ce peton, mais de tout le petit corps qui y était attaché ;) Je dois avouer qu’avant cette révélation, les analogies fruitières ne m’évoquaient pas grand-chose (la taille d’un fruit, ne dépend-elle pas de la façon dont il est cultivé et de la latitude à laquelle il pousse ?).

Tout va pour le mieux, et la naissance est prévue pour fin février-début mars. Inutile de vous dire ce que nous ressentons : c'est d'ailleurs difficile à exprimer par de simples mots !

J’ai des tonnes d’idées pour ma garde-robe et pour le bébé. Une sciatique m’a empêchée de me mettre à la partie couture de ma garde-robe aussi tôt que j’aurais aimé, mais la douleur s’étant un peu calmée hier, j’ai pu terminer mon premier haut (heureusement, le tissu était déjà taillé, car je ne me sens pas encore prête à couper patrons et tissus). Côté tricot, j’ai commencé un gilet spécial bidon qui s’arrondit, et le bébé a un premier gilet qui n’attend plus que la pose des boutons.
J’ai beau chercher, aucun autre projet ne m’a autant enchantée que ce petit gilet... Sauf évidemment cet autre projet en cours si particulier, et... qui ne durera certes pas que 9 mois !

88 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news you have to share with us!!! Happy knitting and sewing for your new wee one!

grandmastatus said...

I know what you mean about the fruit analogy; when i was pregnant they'd be like "this week he's the size of a banana!" and i'd picture this long skinny baby. And the week before that they said he was an heirloom tomato! and i'm like WHAT? Heirloom tomatoes are bigger than bananas! are you saying my baby is shrinking and growing lengthwise??
Anyways, congratulations on those tiny feet.

missy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I'm so happy for you. I know one thing for sure your baby will be the best dressed child. Looking forward to seeing your maternity outfits.

JUMPING FOR JOY FOR YOU!!!

-missy-

Amanda S. said...

WHAT?!!! Did I miss something or is this your announcement? Congratulations!!! I'm SO excited for you and can't wait to see all the wonderful things you'll make!

Deb L said...

Congratulations to you & Seb! I never was able to visualize the "fruit chart" either. :)

Mary Beth said...

Congratulations! What happy news :)

Anonymous said...

What great news! When will you break the news to P'tite Mignonne that you will have "another" baby to love?

HowSewBlogger said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations! :)

countrygirlcouture said...

Oh! How precious! Congratulations! Children are a blessing and a joy, but that's not to say there won't be tears and frustration. Congratulations again!

Eileensews said...

Congratulations! How wonderful!

Tini said...

Wonderfull news! Congratulations to you and Seb!!! My cousin is 16weeks pregnant now and she is getting a little baby boy.

I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy and a happy and healthy baby (says the mom of twins, who are somehow cutting teeth the whole time ;) )

Karin said...

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your happy news.

Tini said...

btw. I do have an unused vogue maternity pattern and some burda pattern(s) here, if you like to have them, just let me know!

KayY said...

Félicitations!! You are so creative :D Here is hoping for a healthy and untroubled pregnancy, and for lots of interesting little sewing projects to look at.

Anonymous said...

quelle belle nouvelle, la venue d'un Bébé!

que cette attente vous soit douce à tous les 2!

j'espère que pour toi tout se passe bien et que tu n'as pas trop de nausées matinales!

grosses biiiizzz

Doris

Julie Culshaw said...

Congratulations on your exciting news. I look forward to your posts on the baby and on your wardrobe.

Alexandra said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news!

paco peralta said...

Je suis heureux pour vous Isabelle. Félicitations et bonne chance pour votre grossesse.

Paula said...

Congratulations. What lovely news.

verobirdie said...

Quelle bonne nouvelle! Je te souhaite une heureuse grossesse.
J'ai beaucoup aimé la référence à la marge de couture: c aussi une des mesures que je sais visualiser:-)

melissa said...

Squeeeeeee!!! Conratulations to you and to Seb! That's brilliant news!

(But how will Pte Mingnon cope with her jealousy??)

princessedesrien said...

Felicitations ! Etant moi même enceinte je connais bien les problèmes de sciatique et autres joies dorsales, un bon ostheopathe pourra surement te soulager "durablement" sachant que bébé grandit et qu'il faut donc le revoir en cour de grossesse ;-)

Annemarie said...

Huge congratulations Isabelle! How exciting is this?? Good luck and enjoy your pregnancy!

Von said...

So so happy for you and Seb, Isabelle!! Here's to a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth! :)

Anonymous said...

Je suis ravie ravie ravie pour vous, et je ne te demande qu'une seule chose : faire attention à toi pour que tu récupère cette bonne santé et bonne humeur avec lesquelles je te vois à chaque fois ! J'espère à bientôt ;-)
Pauline

.x.Helen.x. said...

Congratulations! That is such lovely news. I remember 15/16 weeks was the turning point for me as the morning sickness disappeared and I started to feel so much better.

I think it is easier to dress for pregnancy in winter as you can work with layers, and add scarves to alter your look when your wardrobe is limited.

P.S March babies are great - my little Isabelle is one too!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news. Oh, I simply so not know what to say/write. Wishing you much happiness!!
Jennifer

Anna van Schurman said...

Felicitations! What wonderful news.

Anonymous said...

This is my first post after being a LONG time lurker. This is wonderful news! Many congratulations to you and Seb. :)
Suzanne

Angie said...

congratulations!!! when i was pregnant i kept on looking at fruit and comparing their size (twins) to the fruit. hope all goes well and in no time youll have additional hands helping you w blog posts (like i do right now, please excuse grammar)

Speattle said...

GASP!!!!! Congratulations my dear! I am tres happy for you! You will be a fabulous mama, I know.

We just found out that the baby my son and his wife are expecting is a boy and today I bought up some boy fabric at the fabric shop to start sewing.

You are going to have so (sew) much fun!

Bless you and take care of yourself!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Congratualtions! This is so exciting :)))

Speattle said...

Haha! I thought at first that you were referring to a sewing foot that was 1.5 cm wide on the right side for accurate sewing of a seam allowance that width. Just line it up with the side of the foot and you are good to go!

That would be a handy tool, wouldn't it?

But your news is much, much more exciting.

Dilliander said...

Congratulations Isabelle, have fun with your new wardrobe.

Audrey said...

Congratulations! What an exciting time for you and Seb. Feb. will be here before you know it.

Lori said...

What exciting news, congratulations.

Cherie said...

I knew it! I saw it in your face in those artsy poses of your shrug/shawl. You will be a wonderful mother, and baby will be absolutely beautiful!
Cherie, a long-time lurker also

Annette said...

Mille félicitations! C'est le plus beau projet qu'on puisse avoir.
Mais je te préviens: c'est un en-cours pour la vie! ;)

Sigrid said...

Lovely news. Congratulations!

mimilikestomakeprettystuff said...

What a wonderful news! Congratulations!

Jali said...

Wonderful news indeed. Congratulations! So happy for you.

Kyle said...

Congratulations!!! Your maternity wardrobe is going to be super fashionable!

Shannon said...

Wow! Such big news! Congratulations!

Dieselle said...

Quel bel article pour révéler la nouvelle ici ;) Je suis toujours aussi émue et avec le sourire aux lèvres lorsque je te lis à ce sujet (k)

Patty said...

Congratulations! So pleased for you ! Take care :-)))

PapillonMauve said...

Quel bel article pour une si belle nouvelle!! Félicitation à tous les 2 et surtout prends grand soin de toi et de ton "en cours". Au plaisir de te revoir lors d'un mes passages. Plein de biz

Mary said...

Yahoo!! Congratulations! Best wishes for you during your pregnancy!

Nakiloe said...

Félicitations!!!!! :-D

valerie said...

Congratulations on your happy news!

mochimo said...

Congratulations! What a lovely and happy news!

Elaray said...

Funny how you related foot size to a seam allowance! Congratulations! God bless you all!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. You made my day with your wonderful news

Sharon said...

Awesome news Isabelle! Congratulations to you both!

mainely stitching said...

I'm speechless with joy for you!

Christina said...

Congratulations! I actually saw a few of the baby knits you pinned on Pinterest, then sped over here to confirm my assumption :) I'm so happy for you!

Tracy said...

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you both, Isabelle! Just sooo over the moon HAPPY for you both on this wonderful news! What a sweet surprise. Wishing you a very happy & healthy pregnancy. This is just the best! Be taking good care and keep us posted when you can. And will thrill to seeing all the pretty clothes you'll be making to wear as baby grows. Just sooo, sooo happy for you!! Gosh, I'm crying... ((LOVE & HUGS))

Summerset said...

Congratulations to you both! How exciting!

coonieandplume said...

C'est une excellente nouvelle ! Je suis ravie pour vous deux.
Prends bien soin de toi.
Bisous

daisydonut said...

What wonderful news, congratulations

sophie said...

toutes mes félicitations !! Quel beau projet au long cours en effet :)
Alors tu lui parleras aussi en Anglais ?

Margaret said...

This is such wonderful news Isabelle. Congratulations to you and Seb. Take good care of yourself and enjoy every moment of your pregnancy. This is such a special time.

Adrienne said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!

Marie said...

Ohlala!! Ca faisait un petit moment que je n'étais pas venue te lire, et quelle nouvvelle!!!
Toutes mes félicitations, j'espère que tout se passera au mieux!!!
Peut-être que cela t'intéressera, je l'ai utilisé lors de ma dernière grossesse et j'ai adoré mon accouchement; j'ai beaucoup aimé! natalhypnotherapy.fr/11.html
Tout plein de bonheur pour vous 3 (enfin 4), et de gros bisous!!
PS: ton bébé et celui de Choca vont arriver dans la même période!

Leslie said...

Congratulations! Best wishes to you and Seb.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Oh wow, congratulations! I am glad to hear the sciatica is clearing up a bit. Enjoy!

Robin said...

How wonderful, many congratulations on your baby!!! Yes, very exciting to anticipate and make things for your little one and also for yourself too. :) Best wishes!!

Arlene said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news! Wishing you the best of luck!

KarenP said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful news! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

WHAW ISABELLE! CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!! Is it a boy or girl? or do you want to keep it a secret? Take care, Ann

Marie said...

le plus beau et merveilleux ouvrage! toutes mes félicitations!

coffeecupthoughts said...

Oh congratulations to you and Seb!!!! What a wonderful surprise!

Lisbei said...

Bonsoir ma chère Isabelle !
Quelle merveilleuse nouvelle, je suis ravie pour voir de cet ouvrage au très long cours (je dirais ... une vie entière ?) qui commence ! Et j'ai hâte de voir toutes les merveilles que ce petit lutin ou cette petite lutine en construction va t'inspirer !
Je vous fait de gros bisous, et une caresse à la minette qui doit être bien perplexe ...

Anne said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Seb!

Jasmin said...

CONGRATS! How very, very exciting! I can't wait to hear about all of the baby sewing you're going to do- mostly so I can steal some ideas. :)

Armellr said...

ho un joli projet comme on les aime ;o)))
Félicitation...!!!!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Congratulations dear Isbelle, so very happy for you. May you have a trouble free pregnancy and many happy days to come.

Ellenore said...

Félicitations à vous deux!

mermaids said...

OMG!!! How exciting!!!! I sooooo happy for you. That will be one well dressed baby!

brodstitch said...

pour mon retour dans la visite des blogs,je ne pouvais espérer meilleure nouvelle!!
félicitations et je te fais un mail.

Vicki said...

Oh, how exciting!! Lucky baby will have lots of gorgeous knitted and sewn garments :))

aysezhu said...

Congratulations!

May you enjoy these days. It's a magic time for a woman.

ViRginiE said...

Félicitations! Je suis ravie pour toi!!!

Little Hunting Creek said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations!

cidell said...

I'm late. I meant to tell you congratulations days ago after reading this on my Blackberry! That's wonderful news Isabelle!

Lisette M said...

I now realize that I have neglected reading your blog for a while, and I find that I'm very late in wishing you congratulations and a happy, healthy and comfortable pregnancy. To keep moving and exercising is key to feeling well.
Many many good thoughts are being sent your way!
Now I can go look at all the pretty things you have been making!

KarenV said...

I'm sorry this is so late Isabelle, but congratulations on your wonderful news! I wish you a very happy and straightforward pregnancy :)

Victoria said...

Congrats Lady! so happy for you!

Catherine said...

Quelle bonne nouvelle! Je suis heureuse pour toi et te souhaite de profiter pleinement de cette période si riche en émotions dans la vie d'une femme.