Friday, 29 July 2016

Thoughts on maternity makes...

I must admit that when we found out I was pregnant one of the first things (well after the important things) I started to think about was "what the f am I going to wear?!"

Although I did think I'd be a lot bigger much earlier, I don't know why, I suppose pregnant=huge stomach. When in fact the growing belly has been quite slow really, which is nice! I'm just having to put away all of my 'normal' clothes now, so my wardrobe is starting to look a little empty and sad.

Ok, well it sort of looks full enough here but a third of that is dresses that are only beach worthy so I'm lacking any day to day clothes when the weather isn't tropical, and is it ever? and look at all of those empty lonely hangers, they want to be well dressed too!

I'm just not that into many of the maternity clothing out there. I've been Pinteresting away but the majority of outfit ideas that pop up include quite form fitting outfits, body con type dresses, which are not my style at all, I wouldn't wear a pencil skirt usually so I definitely won't be wanting to wear one in the near future.

Lovely, but NO, not me.

Sewing patterns for pieces to make yourself seem to swing from these tight fitting garments to really baggy, super mumsy, items..I don't want to wear those either! There's a few nice Washi dresses out there in blog land but it's just not my style and I can't make myself want to wear it. 

I have struggled to find many ideas which suit my style at all, can I not still wear the dresses I like?! I can't find one maternity dress pattern that appeals. So I think I'll be sticking with all of the patterns I already have and adapting where necessary. A tweak of the waist line and a longer front skirt should do it?

I've already blogged about the Colette Wren. I think this pattern will be a great one to get through the later stages of pregnancy and hopefully a few months after too.
I've bought some new stretch fabric to make a new version of this for autumn/winter. I feel like it's going to continue to fit nicely and the wrap front will work well for nursing (I think?!) I might try to raise the waist line a little so it's a bit more empire for when my belly really does get bigger. I can't find any posts or images where someone else has tried out this pattern for maternity wear but it works in my head so I'll give it a go.

I thought about just using the Deer and Doe Plantain pattern for a few t shirts but actually think I'm going to want something that fits a bit nicer around the bottom of my belly so I have gone ahead and purchased one maternity pattern, the Megan Nielson Cara T Shirt. I've made up a first version and the belly part is baggy at the mo so it'll hopefully be good for in a couple of months time. I'll want to try and still wear my jeans (with an expander, or hairband as I have been using works!) so i'm going to need a few new tops that stretch over the expanse of tummy. 

Oh talking of tops, with perfect timing Zoe just released her new maternity pattern, the Cordelia camisole. I've made numerous versions of her pants and vest pattern, a new set just last week actually so this will definitely be on my list.

I've contemplated a couple of skirts, especially if dresses don't really work out for me. I'm thinking elasticated waist (of course!) but need to have a think about proportions. I don't want any tents! and I suppose I'll need to think about making the front longer than the back to accommodate the tum?? No idea, it'll definitely be a time of trial and error!

Also jumping forward a few months, I've been thinking about whats going to be suitable once the bub is here. Initial thoughts go to Megan Nielson Darling Ranges or the Deer and Doe Sereau-any thoughts on these two or indeed any patterns I need to check out that I haven't stumbled across yet? I'm dying to hear from anyone that has some maternity clothing advice!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Prepped Patterns.....

I've recently had a good stash clear out (again) 
I like to do this every so often to take stock of what I have any get on top of my sewing to do list. I'm really working on using up what I have and I've got quite a few things on the to do list that I'd like to get through soon. 

Personally, I find that the most time consuming (and dullest) part of sewing is getting all of the pattern pieces out and cutting and marking the actual fabric. Once you're good to go most TNT patterns can be whizzed through-and that's the fun part right?

So I got organised and got together a few of the patterns form my to do list, paired them up with the fabrics in mind and spent an afternoon cutting those bad boys out....

Mid clear out I came across these zip lock bags which are perfect for holding each project neatly. They're easy to grab whenever I have some spare time for sewing.

I'm going to try really hard to keep this good habit up. I got out the ready cut pieces for a t shirt last weekend and I think I was done in an hour, it was so pleasing to get straight on with the sewing part!

It also feels nice to know that the fabric in your stash is really destined to be that dress/top/pants you intended it for. I'm sure I'll still have a good few stash pieces waiting for that perfect project but it's pleasing to know you do intend to use most of it in the near future!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Wren with spots......and a bump.....

Another lovely bit of fabric from my Girl Charlee haul. This polka dot cotton spandex mix has such a lovely drape and I love that the spots aren't printed onto the fabric so they don't split when it's stretched.

I picked up the Colette Wren pattern when they had a 20% off promo going on. I've only used the Dixie ballet dress pattern for stretch (and definitely have my fair share of those in the wardrobe) so thought it about time I gave something else a go. 

I'm not fond of full wrap stretch dresses. I don't like the way the skirts are so fitted and they feel a little bit too grown up if that makes sense?! 
The cross front and gathered skirt of the Wren really appealed to me. This will be a great pattern for summer and winter too as it comes with sleeve length options and obviously you can adjust the skirt length accordingly.

The back neckline is pretty, you fold and stitch rather than adding any sort of neck binding so you get a nice scoop shape.

My first needed to be summer suitable and the skirt length is perfect,it hits just on the knee, although it's a bit fuller than it seems and because the fabric isn't too weighty it certainly had a good waft about in the wind, you have to hold it down a bit to prevent the nightmare that is bum flashing! I might use a smaller skirt size next time so there's not so much fabric to catch the breeze! Or maybe I could sew something into the hem to weigh it down a bit? Has anyone ever done that with knit fabric?

The neckline is definitely a departure from my usual style although I'm starting to like a good V neck. The bodice is really flattering, I like the neckline bands, they'd be a good way to mix it up for a colour block version, like Mary did here
The pattern comes together really easily. I used a zig zag stitch throughout and my twin needle for the hems. The pattern doesn't call for it but I also used some clear elastic to stabilise the shoulders.

I didn't bother toiling this, but I don't think I'd make any alterations to the fit. It's quite generous but that's actually going to be quite useful because......

There it is, the bump I refer to in the post title, that's baby M growing away in there! Eeek!
Seeing as I'll be expanding in the waistline area in the very near future this dress should hopefully see me through for a few months yet. I'm thinking this will hopefully be a good dress for the year to come too (apparently I'll need easy access and all that) so I'll try to sew up a couple of winter versions soon. it's only just got hot and I'm thinking about winter?! I'm going to stop that right now and get out into the sunshine...hope you're all enjoying the fact that summer has arrived!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Maids update....

I didn't manage to get many photos of these three lovelies together (FAIL) but these ones by the wedding photographer certainly do the dresses justice. These are the three dresses I was working on earlier this year for a dear cousin of mine's wedding which was on 1st June. 

I'm so pleased with how they turned out, that they actually fit and mostly that the lovely ladies wearing them really loved them and have all said they'd like to try and wear them again. I'll chalk that up as success :)

I actually really enjoyed the process of getting to this point. I found the idea quite daunting at the start but once I had a chat with each and we figured out what would suit and what would work they actually all came together really smoothly, especially when you consider that they were all sprawled across the country and one I didn't even meet for fittings, just very lengthy emails and many photos of nips and tucks needed :)

I like that we managed to suit each style to each maid, that we ended up with dresses that they all felt comfortable in and looked fab.