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Lingerie and Accessories for Badass Babes. Magic Maker. Leather Painter.

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 I wear dungarees and stripey tops and there's no place in the world of modern motherhood for outdated, ugly, boring nursing bras.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?


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

In The Folds Peplum Top

Ok, so I know I said in my last post that I was going to stick with more muted fabrics, but I've had this viscose in my stash for about 2 years now and figured I best use it. (It is pretty cute too I gotta admit).

In the Folds have a great FREE (yes, really!) pattern for a peplum-vest which you can find here. Scoop front neck and v-neck back. I've never worn anything like this in my life. I seriously love how sewing your own clothes gives you the freedom to experiment. I never thought a peplum would suit me, so I've never worn one. But, fired with the idea of pushing the boundaries of what 'my wardrobe' should look like, I've decided to sew more outside my comfort zone.

I went with my bust measurement and I think I cut a size G (but don't hold me to that). I was pretty happy to get the whole vest on just 1m of fabric, which was lucky because that's all I had. There were a few techniques in this pattern that tested my skills. It has bias binding facings on the neck and arm holes. I've used bias tape before, but never on an opening like this. I cut my own binding from the same fabric. Ironing it was a pain, perhaps I should get one of those bias-binding pully-things. Anyway, the bias binding was a bit of a faff, and it's not perfect. The width of the binding is a bit uneven.

If memory serves me, I cut a size G based on my bust measurement. It's actually too big for me. It's wearable, but there are some changes I would make next time.

I will go down probably 2 sizes and I'll also extend the length of the peplum by a few inches as it hits in a strange place on me (#hobbitlife). I think next time I'll also forgo the bias binding (unless I try pre-made binding), and probably try a double rolled hem. I'll have to convert the 'V' on the back neck to a scoop to be able to do this, but I think it'll be quicker and easier overall.

To sum it up, this is an awesome free pattern and a great place to test a few skills and stash-bust. I've already cut out a second version, with the changes I mention above and I'll see how that one comes out. I also think that By lengthening the peplum quite a bit, you could have an excellent summer dress!

So, what do you think? Have you tried this pattern before? What did you make of it?

In the Folds Peplum Top Free Pattern


Friday, 14 July 2017

Named Ninni Culottes

I've noticed that I've been much more conscious about the clothes that I sew, the fabrics I use and the patterns I buy lately. I think that working towards making a sustainable, capsule wardrobe will be beneficial in more ways than one. I want to talk about this in more detail at some point, but for now here's a recent make.

I've coveted culottes for a long time, but being short at 5ft 4" and rather generously framed in the hip department, I've never managed to buy a RTW pair that flattered my figure or fit my waist and hips well. Not to mention the leg-length dilemma. It is not easy to buy trousers the right length when your inseam is 27 inches! So, when I saw the Ninni Culottes pattern from Named Patterns newest collection, I new I just had to give them a go.

The pattern calls for jersey fabric, but I've had 2m of this delicious viscose from the Goldhawk Road sat in my stash for months. It's lightweight, which is perfect for this deliriously hot weather we're having in Spain. Plus the colours and simple pattern appealed to me.

Even though I was using a woven rather than stretch fabric, I didn't size down as the finished garment measurements are really roomy. The pattern is super straight forward and easy to sew up.

I am in love with these culottes. I took them to Amsterdam in May for our anniversary getaway and they were SO ridiculosly comfortable. They look great with a top tucked in, or with it over the top too. Versatile, Easy to style, lightweight, comfortable, easy to sew. Everything I could have hoped for in a pair of culottes and more.

I've already got a another pair cut out in grey ribbed jersey, and have plans for many more pairs too. This pattern is going to be on constant rotation in my sewing room, that's for sure!

'Look. they're high-waisted!'

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