Pushing through the sleep deprivation it’s about time I challenged my brain to write a blog post, and with good reason as I’d like to introduce to you the newest Accidental Vix model in the family – baby Lucy. To say she arrived in dramatic style is accurate, I won’t bore you with details but due to medical reasons she was planned as an elective caesarean at 38 weeks, so rather naively we hadn’t considered she might arrive even earlier. When my waters broke a few hours after leaving hospital for steroids to help her lungs develop at 36 weeks, and with less than 2 hours broken sleep in 36 hours we were taken a bit by surprise to be heading back to the hospital and straight to labour ward! I feel incredibly fortunate that although an unexpected early appearance via emergency caesarean Lucy is doing well, and is already settling in as part of our family, and her big brother adores her.
Lucy’s arrival isn’t really sewing/sketching/creatively relevant in it’s own right, but one of the reasons I wanted to write this post is to say a massive thank you to the online sewing community that I find myself part of. The week after Lucy was born was earmarked as my sewing week to get her first season of clothes sewn, excited to be picking fabrics for her and choosing which items to sew, but as you can imagine with a premature newborn baby, that never happened. Much of our first few days in hospital, apart from worrying and looking after Lucy, was spent feeling frustrated that all these clothes I had planned to make her were actually still piles of fabric in my studio. This is where my amazing sewing friends came in – not only did they reply to my messages and understand my frustration (it sounds a bit petty to most that I was thinking about my daughter’s clothes at this point) but I had some amazing packages arrive full of beautiful clothes made with hours of love.
Anyone who knows me will know that one of the reasons I started making and selling children’s clothes was the disappointment before Harry was born that all clothes for babies appeared to be lemon, pale pink or pale blue. My tastes don’t fall into any of these categories. I believe there should be fun, vibrant and quirky choices for those of us who prefer ‘gender neutral’ clothes, or want to avoid the monotony of these pastel colours. In reality, it’s mainly because I don’t like pink, especially not baby pink. We are obviously grateful for all gifts received for Lucy but it was inevitable that these would be mainly pink, because that is what is pushed at us in the shops; even my mum struggled to find clothes for Lucy that weren’t stereotypically pink and girlie.
The fabric industry seems to be a particularly catty one at times, and although I’ve found a lot of friends within it there is certainly a lot of competitiveness that I try to avoid. When these beautiful items started arriving, from people I only know online and haven’t even met in person, I was genuinely touched. I’ll stop writing now and let the pictures talk for themselves but I want to say a massive thank you to Margo, Fiona and Victoria for their amazing generosity and kindness, and to various sewing people who offered to sew up preemie items if I sent them my fabric whilst I was unable to sit at the sewing machine – your thoughtfulness hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Also, a big thank you to Laura Hartley Photography for the amazing photos of the few items I was able to pull out of my stock that were small enough for Lucy to wear until my c-section wound healed enough to be able to sew in short bursts. Finallym thanks to my friends Vicks, Paula and Laura, who aren’t necessarily part of my creative circles but took the time to make Lucy some amazing gifts that will be treasured.
End of soppy post now, but I am incredibly grateful to be a part of such a great creative community.