Maternity Sewing Ideas

May 8, 2016

Well, my third trimester is almost over, yay! That means it’s baby time in two weeks…OMG. Life is going to get a little crazy around here. I thought I would update you on my maternity makes, since making a few things when pregnant is actually super fun. I’m pretty surprised that I stuck to my massively over-ambitious sewing list, considering I fall asleep at 9 pm…so here it goes.

Burda 6957 Maternity Wrap Dress

I made this Burda 6957 wrap dress thinking I would wear it to the baby shower my two amazing sisters organized for me, but it ended up being two sizes too big on me. I made a size 16, I think, which corresponded to my measurements at the time, but it looks like you have to use your pre-pregnancy size when making this pattern. It’s a great pattern, very flattering and comfortable. The material was fun to work with, but I never wear ITY stretch knits and it was just a little too polyester-y for me. I’ve worn this dress maybe 5 times now.

Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress

Next up is my favourite maternity dress EVER. I wore this dress at least once a week from week 15 onwards. The material is a poly-wool crepe blend with a slight herringbone pattern. It’s drapey, with a bit of stretch and just looks gorgeous. I made the Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress work as a maternity pattern by adding 3 inches to each side. I started with a size 12 for the bust and at about 1.5 inches below the bust line, graded it to add the 3 inches at the hips.

So, it was extra flowey at the beginning of the pregnancy and near the end you could see the bump, but it didn’t cling. If you’re thinking of making this, just  note that I’ve been told that I’m carrying very high and because I’m 5’9″, my bump doesn’t look huge, more like a big basketball, and I don’t look very pregnant from behind. So if you’re carrying lower or this is not your first pregnancy, you might want to add even more ease to the pattern.


A side view shot…


And from the back…

Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress

This was my first attempt at making the Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress as maternity wear. Let’s just say that I was in denial as to how your body changes during pregnancy (complete denial, people). I added 1 inch to each side at the hip line only. This lovely polka dot poplin from Mood Fabrics was perfect for the job, but doesn’t have all that much stretch. I wore this the day I made it, to go to the theater, and then it did not fit 😦 I’m hoping I can get a lot of wear out of it this summer once le bébé has arrived.

Megan Nielsen Erin Maternity Skirt

Here is the lovely Megan Nielsen Erin Maternity Skirt in a black ponte knit from C&M Textiles. I never wore it…my fault though. I made the right size, but the ponte knit only had 25% stretch, instead of the 40% the pattern recommends…I’m keeping it for the post-partum phase and will probably cut it to knee length. This is the world’s easiest make and the instructions are fantastic. My sister is also pregnant and I made her one for her birthday, in a stretchier knit, and she loves it!

I also made the Megan Nielsen Virginia leggings. If you are pregnant, you need to make 3 pairs of these NOW. I made 1 pair and with the Canadian winter and my aversion to pregnancy pants, I wore them every other day. They were a life-saver and more comfortable than the maternity leggings I bought.

Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas

Here is my finished Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas top!!! I’m so proud of these pajamas. I’ve been wearing the shorts, as they fit me now and I get a kick out of the french seams each time I put them on. This came together relatively quickly, considering I made the bias tape and then the piping, but it was worth it. The result is quite crisp and Spring-like. I cut a size 16 for the shirt and a size 18 for the shorts. The top is not big enough for a 9-month baby bump, so I’m looking forward to wearing it around the house all of the time, once the baby arrives. And now for some close-ups.


Ohhhh, let’s all look at that pocket detail…


…and the contrasting thread for the buttonholes!

I hope this inspired you to sew a few maternity dresses or leggings. It makes getting dressed that much easier when you have something to look forward to wearing.



Maternity Sewing for 2016

One of the best things about sewing is that you can daydream and plan your sewing. You get to pick your patterns, find your material and make it happen. It can also be a little overwhelming because, let’s face it, you want to buy ALL the material and make ALL the patterns. So here is my attempt at bringing it all together.

I’m 5.5 months pregnant and I need clothes, especially dresses, and I have to get on the home decor for the nursery and make some baby clothes (OMG so fun!!!!):

  1. Sew Over It: Ultimate Shift Dress (and a slip)

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Ultimate Shift Dress

Full confession on this, I’ve already finished the first one using the Mood Fabrics polka dot cotton poplin I bought last summer. Sew Busy Lizzy made a beautiful skirt out of it.

The second one is almost done. I love this dress! I bought the material in Montreal last year and I thought it was a cheap black polyester crepe (it was dusty, in a corner and $5 a metre). It turns out it’s a lovely wool blend crepe that is super soft with faint herringbone stripes. I made the dress 2 inches wider at the waist and 4 inches wider at the hips. It now has a soft A-line swing dress shape that gives me room to grow and it looks amazing. It’s a little see through in the light, so I’ll make a black silk slip from my stash.

2. April Rhodes: Date Night Dress

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Date Night Dress

I think the loose fit and the butterfly sleeves are going to be so pretty. I’m using some vintage 40’s rayon I found on Etsy. Ah, Esty, I love you.

3. Burda maternity dress 6957

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Burda 6957

Not the greatest pattern photo, but it has the potential of a DVF wrap dress. This awesome geometric knit print will be so funky and it was only $3 a metre at Fabricland, yay!

4. Burda maternity dress 012015

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Burda 012015 Maternity Dress

I’m worried she’s laughing so much that she’ll have a little accident. Nevertheless, it’s a nice pattern and I’ll use a rayon I bought at Fabricland that I’ll need to line because it’s see-through. I think the drape will be beautiful and the pattern is very office friendly.

5. Closet Case Files: Carolyn Pajamas

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Carolyn Pajamas

Because let’s face it, when I get home, all I want to do is curl up in my pajamas and read a book.

6. Megan Nielsen: Viginia leggings

I only have one pair of maternity leggings, so these will come in handy. I ordered a nice black knit from Girl Charlee that I can’t wait to try.

That’s it for now and it’s a pretty long list. I hope I can get through it and start some baby clothes too!

What are your sewing plans for 2016?