Thursday 13 August 2015

Big Brother Washi

Hey hey! So apparently being on maternity leave takes more energy than you would think! I've been sleeping lots, and having baths and painting chests of drawers, and buying copious amounts of small people things, and sleeping! Did I mention sleeping?

Monday was my birthday, which was really lovely. I didn't put loads of pressure on myself because, well I wasn't going to get any of it done so you can't say fairer than that. So my friends came to me, we sat in the yard on a sunny day and I drank No-jito. My new favourite drink. I got lots of lovely pressies, and even made myself a dress! The dress I'm talking about today though is not that dress. 

Remember this logo?
It's kind of creepy right? It's from Big Brother Series 11. Do you remember when Big Brother first started? It was supposed to be sort of a social experiment thing, maybe, and they were all fairly nice people who didn't want to evict each other and kept reminding each other that it was all just a game? Shame that didn't last, though I guess people would have bored of it pretty quickly. So anyway the fabric for my dress really reminds me of these logos:

It's another Washi! Surprise! Ha ha, I know, I'm a broken record but they really are one of the only things I can fit on myself these days... I got big! It's due date on Monday so not long to go, but could be any time really, before or after then. It's weird being off work for this amount of time, I'm well into my third week and I'm starting to fall into old habits like when I was on summer holidays back in the day. You remember that time? You get halfway through and your life starts to slip into a routine? You know what time of day Murder, she wrote starts? Although at the moment all I'm doing is powering through hundreds of episodes of Warehouse 13. Have you seen it? It's on Netflix so it does that dangerous thing of just lining up the next episode and before you know it you've watched five in a day. I wouldn't say it's great TV, but it's very watchable, which is all I'm after right now. Don't want to stretch my brain thanks!

Evidence of my giantness, though this was a few weeks ago so again, imagine me bigger as I write this ha ha. These dresses are really misleading because from the front you don't quite look as big, then you turn to the side, and it's boom! Baby time ha ha. I can't believe I've made no adjustments to fit my belly into these dresses, I'm impressed! 

One change I have made is to add a zip down the front, this is for nursing. Thanks so much for your thoughts on this. I decided that I would start by adding in front access, so I can at least wear something other than pyjamas at home once Spud arrives. Then I went to Mamas & Papas recently for a car seat, and found a jersey dress that I like! That has clever parts for nursing after baby is born. I'm going to copy this for some new makes and will make sure I show you so you can do the same. It's great because it's somewhere between a dress and skirt and top combo... but still comfy! All will become clear I promise.

What do you think of my new background? This is the wall we painted for the nursery, we just used masking tape and emulsion paints and they came out way better than we imagined. The theme in the nursery is rainbow colours, and it's starting to look awesome. Once we have the chest of drawers all finished up and I can get some of the clothes away it's going to look amazing. We ran out of paint so it went on a bit of hiatus for a while. Back to work this afternoon though. 

So yeah, I haven't really said much about this dress but you get the idea right? I feel like I've talked the Washi to death so don't really have anything else to say. I reckon my shirring elastic game is pretty damn awesome now though. I sometimes wonder if I did the Sewing Bee now, how would I fair? I've got way more sewing under my belt, maybe I'd be more comfortable? Have different ideas? Guess I'll never know! See you on the flipside folks, 



  1. So clever to make your baby's walls a perfect photo backdrop!!! ;) Benefits for everyone. Your washi looks great - love the zipper idea!

  2. Thanks so much! Maybe as I won't be leaving this room over the next few months, this lovely backdrop will mean I'll still take pics for the blog! No promises though ha ha

  3. Good luck for Monday, hope littl'un arrives on time and all goes smoothly. I was in labour for 2 and a half days so wishing you a much speedier one ;)

  4. Good luck for Monday, hope littl'un arrives on time and it all goes smoothly. I was in labour for 2 and a half days so wishing you a much speedier one ;)

  5. What a FAB frock and thank you for reminding me about the early days of BB. Have a great week!

  6. I love the dress and the walls too - it's really nice to see a baby's nursery that looks visually stimulating without being cliche! Good luck for Monday :)

  7. Huge good luck! Your bump is majestic! The nursery looks soooo good too xxx

  8. Donna McAllister15 August 2015 at 11:44

    Great dress, fab wall! Sure baby will be very impressed! Good luck, hope everything goes well x x x

  9. Good luck for today (or maybe has already happened or for the next few days!). Your work is such inspiring. As I just discovered myself being pregnant of the second baby, I think I'll go for a Washi with a zip on the top as soon as I'll quit job! Greetings from Italy! Chiara

  10. ooh you look lovely! Hope it all goes well!



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