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Monday, 14 August 2017

A Bunch of Jane Tee's and a Rio - A Tee Sewing Binge

I've been on a sewing binge recently. I need to up my wardrobe staples game by quite a bit. It's all great fun sewing dresses and skirts, but really, they just don't get that much rotation in my everyday wardrobe.

As I've mentioned, I've been thinking more and more about sewing in a more eco-friendly way and making it more sustainable. To me, that means sewing the staples. It's far to easy to head down to the cheap chain-stores every season and buy 10 basic t-shirts for a couple of quid each...but the reality is they only last a few washes, they're not the best quality nor fit, and that's before you take into account the possible child-labour or low-paid labour that's involved in their production. Is that something I want to be supporting? No way.

So, I decided I'd best start with the ultimate wardrobe staple - the humble t-shirt. I currently have two favourite t-shirt patterns - The Rio by Seamwork and the Jane also by Seamwork. I've made both of these tees before and I love how quick and simple they are to sew. I had a few suitable fabrics in my stash so I bulk cut the tees our one afternoon and sewed them over one evening. One evenings work for 4 tshirts is pretty efficient if you ask me!

Here are the 3 Jane tees.

Alterations to the Jane: I cut a medium graded out to a large at the hips. I altered the neck line by using a larger seam allowance when overlocking the neck band on which made the opening larger and the band narrower which I prefer. I had previously shortened the length by about an inch, but I think I will actually add that back on to any others I make in future. I find the fit on the oversized size. I could probably get away with not grading out at the hips to the Large, even though I fit in the large sizing bracket for hips. But it is supposed to be a relaxed tee, so I can get away with it. I find the sleeves long on the Jane tee too, so I always roll them up when I'm wearing them which is OK as I like that look. I added a chest pocket (self drafted) on my blue version, and I love how it turned out.

For my three versions I used jerseys which were all purchased at Fabworks and a bargain at around £4 a metre. Each tee only used a metre of fabric. I love how versatile these tees are. I can tuck them in and wear with my Ninni culottes, wear them under some dungarees, or wear them with some hudson pants.

For my Rio Tee I used an amazing jersey that I picked up on the Goldhawk Road in January. It's a textured peachy coloured jersey, with gold foiling, which would be perfect for jazzing up an outfit. I love the scoop neck of the Rio and the only alteration I made was chopping off the lower hem at the back and making it one straight hem all around.

I really love how these tees turned out. The only thing I need to work on in topstitching the neckband and hems. I currently use a lightening stitch as my total hatred of twin-needling pushed me to find an alternative. Ideally I would like a coverstitch machine, but we can't have it all! I like how the lightening stitch looks, it's just a little susceptible to stretching out as it stitches which can leave the tee a little wavy in places. I have ordered another twin needle and I'm going to give it a go again; I've got a few more jersey's for Autumn (bottle green and mustard *heart eyes*) and I'm going to try the Mandy Boat tee by Tessuti I think. It seems so wrong to be thinking ahead to Autumn already, but it'll be here before I know it!


Friday, 11 August 2017

Win a Lucky Muthah Nursing Bra!

Want to be in with a chance of winning your very own made-to-measure nursing bra?! Have a read to find out how...

Our celebrations this month have been insanely good! In case you've missed the memo - we've been celebrating the 1st birthday of our Lucky Muthah nursing bras. Not only have we been having a crazy sale over in our shop, but we've also been running the #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBraCampaign in which I want to get us all talking about our breastfeeding stories. The more we talk about it, the likelier it is to become the norm.  You can find more info on the campaign here and I would love it if as many Mama's as possible would join in, so take a read and I'll see you over on Instagram!

By taking part in the campaign, you will be entered into a draw to win a Lucky Muthah nursing bra just for you! Winner will be chosen at the end of the month so there's still plenty of time left to join in with the conversation and enter.

Spread the luck!


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Authentically Imperfect. I'm a Modern Mother

This is a subject I've spoken about a few times now, and it's something I feel incredibly passionate about. In an age where every man, woman and their mother voice their opinions on life, it's so, so easy to feel like you need to fit into a certain Mama-shaped mold when you become a Mother.

Original photo by Mr Adam Robertson

But Motherhood, like every other phase in life, is a very individual journey. Each and every one of us are different. Unique. Incomparable....INCOMPARABLE! So why do we continue to compare pretty much every aspect of life?

You know, you pretty much spend all of your young life being told how to act and how you should parents, school, the media, society in general. So you grow up with these views on things that have been imposed on you. And then when we grow up and we finally have the chance to say 'EFF YOU' to these ridiculous ideals. But then we get pregnant and embark on this new phase in our life that is completely new to us...and we revert back to all of the rubbish that we get taught as children - That mothers don't go to work, that Mother' are housewives, that Mother's that want to go back to work are cruel and selfish, that Mother's all have to look a certain way and act a certain's all grade A bull.

Personally for me, it started off when I found out I was pregnant with my eldest, Logan, by dying my hair back to it's natural mousey brown which was a far cry away from my usual bright colours. I bought my clothes from the maternity section so I looked like every other pregnant woman. I lost my sense of self. A little while after having Logan I learnt to sew and managed to find my vibe again, and I welcomed lilac hair with much enthusiasm. Then I fell pregnant with Rori...and again I waved bye-bye to my coloured hair. This time is was much harder. But again, this was another new territory for me - a Mother of two. Back in the same old maternity clothes I wore the first time around.

I always say I didn't really enjoy being pregnant, but maybe that was because I was tying to be 'a pregnant woman' rather than trying to be my own version of a pregnant woman. I was only 21 when my journey into Motherhood started, and I guess I wasn't so sure of myself back then, too eager to 'fit in'. If I ever had another baby now, I'm sure I'd have a very different pregnancy.

So, Rori came along after the most amazingly special and empowering hypnobirth, and things were different this time. I've spoken about hypnobirthing before, but in short, it is singularly the most magical experience of my life. I'd never felt so connected to myself, and so strong.

Really soon after Rori was born I found myself again, and it was a stronger connection than ever before. It was like, 'Oh Ok, so I can push out a baby without pain relief, breastfeed her, look after her brother AND be myself?! YAS!'. I felt so fucking powerful. So out came the hair dye, the new clothes that I sewed for myself that would make breastfeeding easier. I wasn't worried about covering up my tattoos anymore, or trying to dull myself down.

I mean, I am the person who is going to show my children how to be a person. I want to teach them to be the best version of themselves. I don't want them to follow the crowd. I want them to be fearless to be who they truly are. Be fucking Authentic. Don't be afraid to be Imperfect. Striving for perfectionism is trying to reach the impossible. 'Perfect' isn't real. No one is perfect, and anyone who does seem perfect is just showing you a curated collection of moments that can seem perfect and ideal to an outsider. It's an edited truth, not reality.

You are amazing exactly how you are, because YOU are the best version of YOU. You have something that nobody else has - the true essence of YOU. You can't bottle that up. That thing that makes you tick...that's yours and nobody else's.

I think ultimately, I want my children to know that I wasn't afraid to be true to myself. Unapologetically Me. I'm not perfect, but that's Ok, because I'm being authentic and not trying to be somebody else.

So, what's my version of Motherhood? I have bright colourful hair, I have tattoos and piercings. I make my own clothes that are unique and I listen to some probably questionable music. I swear, I smoke, I am not the ideal vision of Motherhood at all. But, I am Me. I AM Mummy to two little beautiful humans and I'm trying my hardest to be the best Mother that I can, because that's what matters.

Photo by State of Love and Trust Photography and Tshirt from the Coven of Mothers collection by Lucky Sew and Sew available to shop here

Photo by State of Love and Trust Photography and Tshirt from the Coven of Mothers collection by Lucky Sew and Sew available to shop here

Photo by State of Love and Trust Photography and accessory pouch from the Coven of Mothers collection by Lucky Sew and Sew available to shop here


Saturday, 29 July 2017

#DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra Campaign and Giveaway

To celebrate our Lucky Muthah nursing bra's 1st Birthday, not only are we having a month long sale, but we're also running a campaign and giveaway which we want you to all enter. Seriously, go and do it right after reading this post!

So what's the campaign?

The #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra campaign was originally launched last year when we released the Lucky Muthah nursing bras for pre-order. The aim of the campaign is to empower breastfeeding Mamas to share a snippet of their breastfeeding journey. Essentially I want to get Mamas talking about breastfeeding. The good and the bad. Our lows and our highs. Let’s be real! Let’s talk about how itchy breast pads are, and how scary it can be when you first breastfeed in public. How you’ve been wearing the same grey ‘sleep bra’ for months because it’s impossible to find a decent fitting nursing bra on the high-street!

But why #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra?

Well, that's easy. Because on this roller coaster ride that we call Motherhood, we need support. We also need SO MUCH support when we breastfeed. And what better place to start with than supporting the actual milk-makers themselves because they need support as much as we do, and that starts with an awesome nursing bra, right?

I designed the Lucky Muthah nursing bra because I couldn’t find a nursing bra that fit me well, they were all boring as hell and I didn't feel like 'Me' in them. I was more embarrassed about someone seeing a flash of my gross beige nursing bra when feeding Rori in public than a flash of boobie flesh. When I designed the first sample of the Lucky Muthah nursing bra for myself and wore it, I loved how it made me feel. I felt like the old me. The pre-baby me that actually gave a crap about their outfit rather than picking something purely based on the ease in which I could wap a bap out. I felt confident and sassy and little bit cool. I wanted to give other Mum’s who felt the same as me about normal nursing bras the option to feel confident and beautiful in their nursing lingerie, too.

Modern Motherhood

I'm a modern Mama. I breastfeed, I babywear, I baby-led weaned. I wear dungarees and stripey tops and there's no place in the world of modern motherhood for outdated, ugly, boring nursing bras. We need to change the perception of nursing lingerie just like we're changing the perception of Motherhood. Let's bring nursing lingerie into the present and make it RELEVANT! 

How Do I Take Part?

To join in with the conversation and take part in the #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra campaign, all you need to do is post a picture on instagram that is a snippet of your breastfeeding journey, and encourage other to do the same. Let's get talking Mamas and SUPPORT eachother! Make sure you use the hashtag #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra too so that I can find you!

You Could Be A Winner!

At the end of the month long celebrations, we will also be choosing one Lucky Muthah who will win a custom-made Lucky Muthah nursing bra of their own choosing! Every single person who joins in with the conversation and shares a picture with the tag #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra will automatically be entered in the giveaway and be in with a chance of winning one of our nursing bras!

I'll be sharing snippets of my journey during the course of the month and I really hope to see you all joining in and taking part.I can't wait to read your journeys!

Much Love, Spread the Luck!
Carly <3

Original photos by Mr Adam Robertson and Laura Whitchurch Photography 


Friday, 28 July 2017

Lucky Muthah Nursing Bra Sale and The Return of Two Favourites

OK Guys, let's kick off the birthday celebrations with a BANG!

8pm UK time the BIG Lucky Muthah Nursing Bra Sale goes LIVE! There's 25% off our ENTIRE nursing bra range!

We're also bringing back two long lost favourites that sold out the first time around...Marble and Blush!

The sale is going to run for the entire month of August, BUT there's only limited amounts of the Marble and Blush so if you have your eyes on either of those two, get your order in sooner rather than later to avoid crying in despair (and then choosing an equally delightful alternative).

The last time we had a sale this big was when we launched the Lucky Muthah bras for pre-order this time last year, and it was MENTAL!

Click here to head to the shop to take a look and give your boobies a gift for working so hard, they deserve it!


600 Happy Boobies! Lucky Muthah Nursing Bras 1st Birthday

I can't believe that it's been a year since we released our Lucky Muthah nursing bras. It's been an intense year to say the least!

I've been lucky enough to have been featured in magazines such as Gurgle and Mother Muse, and to have been invited to take part in photoshoots like this one in Shoreditch with We Are Enough Co. But the icing on the cake is that I've been able to make over 300 nursing bras since they launched last year. That's over 600 happy milk-full boobies! I'm so, so humbled and honoured to have the opportunities that I have. To be able to sew every day as my actual job is a dream come true. Providing Mamas with a nursing bra that they actually love and to receive messages of love and gratitude. Notes from Mamas telling me that I've given them their confidence back by allowing them to wear a nursing bra that makes them feel fierce. Amazing.

So, this is going to be a month of celebrations! We're running a month long sale across the entire Nursing Bra range, and bringing back a limited edition favourite that sold out far too quickly the first time around (HINT marble).

Along with the sale, we're also running a campaign which we also launched this time last year originally - the #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra campaign. I will be releasing a post dedicated to this campaign with all the details in a few days, but essentially the aim of the campaign is to get Mamas talking about breastfeeding. The good and the bad. Our lows and our highs. Let’s be real! Let’s talk about how itchy breast pads are, and how scary it can be when you first breastfeed in public. How you’ve been wearing the same grey ‘sleep bra’ for months because it’s impossible to find a decent fitting nursing bra on the high-street! To discuss how impractical and dated high-street nursing bras can be. To empower breastfeeding mothers to share a brelfie (breastfeeding selfie) and talk about how we want to demand more from our usual boring nursing bra. Being a new Mama and hardly having time for a shower is tough enough, without feeling like your tender, leaky bosom aren’t being supported enough. Let’s share how proud and Lucky we are to be able to breastfeed and empower other Mamas to do the same!

Finally, there will also be a Lucky Muthah nursing bra Giveaway! By taking part in the #DemandMoreFromYourNursingBra campaign over on my instagram, you'll be entered into a draw to win a made-to-measure nursing bra of your choice!

The big birthday sale is going live tonight at 8pm UK time. Keep your eyes peeled for details on the campaign and giveaway coming over the weekend. I cannot wait to see your Brelfies, and let's support each other on this roller-coaster ride that we call breastfeeding and motherhood <3


Friday, 21 July 2017

2 Years of Breastfeeding

Rori turned two in April. TWO?! If you'd have asked me this time two years ago if I would still be breastfeeding now, my answer would have undoubtedly have been 'Hell No!' 

Two years ago, Rori was 2 month old baby. My days and nights were filled with endless cluster feeds, sticky boobs and hours and hours of sitting still to feed. I was too anxious to feed in public back then. For the first few months we didn't venture out too much. Then when the cabin-fever got too much, we would go to the park or a somewhere not too far from my car so I could feed in peace and I would definitely always have a nursing cover on. Rori was born at the end of April and boy, was that one hot sticky summer under that cover, sweaty skin on sweaty skin.

I didn't know what was normal. I didn't know that her hour-long marathon feeds were for her to build up my supply. I didn't know that she could scream with hunger 10 minutes after feeding. I didn't know a lot. My I did know that I wasn't going to give up like I did with feeding Logan. I would master this boob-milk thing, and life would be perfect. 

Things are never that simpler are they? By a few weeks old, Rori would scream in pain during and after feeds, curl her legs up and cry until she was hoarse and purple in the face. She would hiccup and heave like she was being sick but nothing would come out. By the time she was 6 weeks old and I was a zombie of no-sleep and anxiety, I went to get answers. Silent reflux was suggested but trying to get Rori to take any medicine was impossible.

I worried. Maybe it was allergies. So I cut everything that might have been an allergen from my diet. I gave up meat, dairy, and gluten and for 6 months I kept up a gluten-free vegan diet because I was so worried that everything I ate could potentially pass on to her, through my milk. 

By the time she was around 5 months old, things had settled and we were in a routine and we got the swing of things. She liked to be close to me, so I wore her in a wrap to get jobs done. Logan started pre-school and I would walk the 20 minute walk to nursery and back twice a day with Rori strapped to my front. She liked to sit up when feeding, and so we made pillow forts on the sofa and rode those cluster feed sessions out. We started co-sleeping because it's the only way we could both be happy. Rori could feed as much as she wanted without waking me up, and we had the closeness that she craved.

The first 6 months of our breastfeeding journey, was a haze. I really wish I had known then, what I know now. I wish there was more information out there available to new Mums about the early days of breastfeeding and what to expect. 

Looking back now, I don't think Rori had allergies. She probably did just have some reflux. If I had been aware of what the symptoms were and the best way to treat them (without medicine), I would have been prepared. I would have had an easier, less stressful time. I could have enjoyed it more. 

Nobody tells you that relentless feeding is normal. That not sleeping through the night is normal. Cluster feeding is normal. Closeness is normal. Baby not wanting to be put down is normal. Instead, we are told that our babies should sleep all night, only feed every 2 hours, and don't hold them too much because you'll spoil them, and definitely don't let them sleep in your bed. If I'd have listened to that I certainly wouldn't be where I am now on our breastfeeding journey.

Rori feeds first thing in the morning most days when she gets in my bed for a cuddle. Then she has a feed at bed time. Occasionally if she hurts herself or wakes in the night, she'll ask for milk then too.

This is normal too. No, having milk doesn't stop her eating foods, in fact she has a better appetite than Logan and he's 4! It's comforting for her. And to be honest, it's comforting for me too.

Here's a few pictures that were taken last month when we went to visit my brother on the coast. Rori got too hot and so I fed her sat on the side of the marina. My husband put one of these photos on his blog a few weeks ago and although most people had lovely things to say, some of the comments left a sour taste in my mouth. That I would be 'arrested' for doing that in some countries. That it's surprising to still be breastfeeding after 6 months as most Mum's go back to work by then (even though I haven't stopped working at all since Rori has been born!). 

To me, breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. My breasts are made to produce milk that is specifically for my baby to drink and is tailored to nourish her exactly as she needs. How people are still finding it strange in this day in age is beyond me!

I will continue to breastfeed as long as Rori wants to, and I will continue to share my story and photos because this is my life. This is motherhood. This is natural. This is what my body is made to do. I will continue to be open and honest because if we can't use platforms such as our blogs and social media to promote real life, then what's the point?

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