We are still waiting for le bébé to arrive, so I’ve been sewing away. Beats watching TV all day, although I’m doing that too, hehe!
Here is the latest project. Since I’m 40 weeks and a bit pregnant, I can’t model my creation. I’m so excited that this is my first non-maternity make in 9 months. This April Rhodes staple dress turned out amazing.
I made it from a vintage 80s rayon I picked up at Ottawa’s Hintonburg Fabric Flea a few weeks ago. It’s such a crazy pattern, but I love it! I can’t wait to be able to try it on.
The pattern came together very quickly. I made a straight size Large and added one row of shirring (that’s what creates the gathers at the waist). You wind up elastic thread on your bobbin and away you go. It’s that easy.
I think the sleeves will drape beautifully. I’ll definitely repeat this pattern and try the drop hem version. So fun!!!
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.
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.
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 Dresswork 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…
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.
Here is the lovely Megan Nielsen Erin Maternity Skirtin 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.
Here is my finished Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamastop!!! 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.
It’s February and that means it’s time to sew something sexy and sassy! Collette’s Seamwork issue is out and has some lovely ideas for lingerie sewing. It inspired me to sew a slip. I have a RTW one made of stretch polyester and thought, hum, I can do better than this.
I looked through my stash and decided to use some black silk and lace that I had found at a bridal designer’s fire sale. I had never worked with silk and it was a dream to cut. I used Sewaholic’s slip tutorial, which was easy, and even sewed my first french seam (I don’t know why I’ve always hesitated to try it out-now I’m hooked).
I cut out the lace, sewed it on by hand with a running stitch and slipped it on. Oh, la, la, it’s soooooooo pretty and silky smooth. I think I could sleep in it. I now need to make silk pyjama bottoms.
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!!!!):
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.
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.