The Mommy in Me

I had great ambitions this month.  Then, work happened.  It’s been nuts lately.  One week I had three hearings in three different counties.  One of those was even my first oral argument in front of the Court of Appeals!  It was super stressful (I only found out on Friday I was handling the oral arguments on Wednesday…) but I loved it.  It was one of those things that reminds me of exactly what I had envisioned being an attorney could be. SilasGavin28 Speaking of being an attorney… This month’s Sew the Show selection was Parenthood.  Somehow I had missed this show when it was on tv, so I did some research (via Netflix) so I could participate in this month’s challenge.  While I will admit that I’m now sucked into the show (I’m on the second season now), I have a bit of a gripe.  Why do shows always seem to show female attorneys as failures as moms?  The character of Julia bugs me – she’s a successful attorney so she constantly messes up when it comes to her daughter and, in fact, her daughter prefers her dad to her mom?  Maybe it only bugs me because I’m just starting this mom/attorney dual role and I’m worried I’ll mess it all up.  I don’t know.  But, for once, I’d love a show depicting a female attorney who also has kids who adore her. Anyway, on to the sewing!  I picked the character of Kristina, the quintessential mom. SilasGavin29 So it’s only fitting I show shots of myself with the kiddos. SilasGavin02 She often wears tank tops and cardigans, so I decided to recreate that look.  I made my tank top – a Greenwood Tank by Straight Stitch Designs with a cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee’s May Knitfix. SilasGavin34   And I made my pants – Jalie 2908 Stretch Jeans with a corduroy from Pacific Fabrics. I had intended to whip up a cardigan, too, but that just didn’t happen this month (not that I have a shortage of cardigans in my closet, but it’d be nice to have some I have made myself).  Maybe next month!  I’ll provide a detailed description of the top and pants soon (including how I intend to modify those pants!), but I wanted to make sure I got this posted in June!

7 thoughts on “The Mommy in Me

    • jaxbear says:

      Thanks, Maris! You need to come meet these little guys. They are such fun right now.

      It’s hard to compare the two patterns because the Jalie jeans are for stretch material and the Style Arc ones aren’t, but I do think I like the Jalie pattern a little bit better. I think the fit is a little better without any modifications (plus I prefer wearing stretch jeans rather than jeans with no stretch). Not to mention the fact that the instructions are (not surprisingly) a lot better. I do want to try the Style Arc pattern again with a non-stretch fabric, though, to see how I like the fit.


  1. Katie says:

    Cute!! Great job accomplishing all this with the full-time attorney gig and two little ones. I know exactly how hard that is most days!

    I also agree with you on the portrayal of attorney moms. I love Julia, but that aspect of the show kind of irks me too. I’ve been a full-time litigator for 11 years now and an attorney mom for 6 and I certainly don’t consider myself a failure as either a mom or a lawyer. And I feel fairly confident saying that my kids would probably choose me over my husband if forced to choose 🙂


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