Back in the sewing saddle: Love Notions Allegro

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Loving my new Allegro skirt and this beautiful day!

Long time no talk, interwebs! You may notice I look a little different. That giant pumpkin I was carrying in my belly is now my little pumpkin out in the world! 🙂 She is 8 weeks old and will surely be featured in a forthcoming post, or like all of them. haha! But for now, let’s talk about the Allegro (affil link), which I was lucky enough to test, and I’ll tell you a little bit about my sewing journey along the way.

Here’s a thing. Sewing is hard with a new baby. Life is hard with a new baby. No, that’s not exactly true. It’s not life that is hard, it’s accomplishing anything that is hard. It’s a successful day if I change out of my pajamas. If I manage to wash my hair, we might as well drop balloons and confetti from the ceiling. I realize I should have known this. I have had a baby before. In my defense, he just turned 8, and likely as some sort of biological protection to ensure that reproduction continues, a kind of memory wipe occurs as the years pass by after having a baby. You remember, but you also forget. The memory of the sleep deprivation, the inability to think of anything beyond the immediate need of a diaper change, a feeding, a baby who needs to be comforted, gets smoothed over. You look at pictures and tear up because of how stinking beautiful that baby was and wonder how the time went by so fast. So, here I am now, being acutely reminded of the sleep deprivation and inability to think, and trying to appreciate it all because I know this is the last time. And once my brain smooths this chaos over into something nostalgic, it will be gone forever because I will never experience it again.

Having these emotions, this revisitation of new parenthood, and a baby who is struggling

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Hard not to feel amazing in a skirt this awesome

(tummy issues), made sewing harder than I expected. Suddenly, I couldn’t wrap my head around simple things that I do all the time, like grading. My brain went “I’m supposed to go from one size to another, what is this madness?!?!?!” Thankfully, the Allegro pattern is kind to beginners and overly exhausted moms/graduate students/new business owners. And Tami (owner/designer of Love Notions) and Kelly (her assistant) were kind and wonderful (as usual), too. While I struggled, they were kind and understanding. And, in the end, even though I couldn’t make my brain work, the pattern still went together beautifully. The instructions are clear and the tutorials that Tami so often includes in her patterns are so wonderful. Really, her patterns are like mini-fit classes. I love them so much. I can think of no higher praise for this pattern than to say that I was able to sew it up, and end up with a wearable result in my current new-baby-brain state.

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Check out these awesome pockets!

Simply put, I love this skirt. I can’t wait to make more. The pattern is intended for woven fabric, but the skirt can be done in woven or knit. Mine is done in french terry. I skipped the drawstring because, frankly, I kind of hate them. I also skipped the optional patch pockets because I didn’t want to interrupt the pattern on the skirt and I didn’t want to waste the fabric for that much pattern matching. But, speaking of pockets, let’s talk about the front slash pockets. They are REAL pockets. None of that whimpy-I-can-fit-3-finger-tips-in-here-why-did-you-even-waste-the-time-to-sew-this-in pockets for the Allegro. Oh no! These pockets are deep and can easily and securely hold whatever you are toting around with you.

The fit of the skirt is great, even on my strangely shaped, kangaroo pouch belly, postpartum body. I like the skirt so darn much, I don’t even hate the fact that you can see my hippo knees when I’m wearing it!

Bottom line: Run, do not walk, to get this pattern. You will use it and you will be happy you have it. It’s a staple and the end result is lovely. Plus, with the Allegro you can shorts (in TWO lengths), cropped pants, a short skirt, AND a maxi. This purchase is a no-brainer to me. A++ pattern; a home run. So go get it here (affil link)! 😉

And, P.S., this is a sewing blog, so my business is not my focus, but I did pair the skirt with a LuLaRoe Perfect T, which I also love. If you love them and want to check out the ones we have in stock, come visit us at LuLaRoe Frank & Caroline Gaddy. We’re fun people and we have a friendly, positive group. If you join us, say hello and let me know that you’re a fellow sewist! 🙂