Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Maternity Makes...My favourite sewing patterns for growing bumps.....

Just a little round up of the patterns I have used to clothe me and my bump over the past few months. I didn't find too many blog posts at the start of this journey so I hope that this might be useful for new mums to be that fancy making some of their own clothes. 

I found that I could squeeze into my own every day clothes up until about 5 months. I was wearing more of the dresses on the stretchier side (think Dixie ballet dress and Sewaholic Saltspring) but I'm sure that this will be different for everyone and also depend on your preferred style of clothing and possibly the time of year. 

Not a specific maternity pattern but perfect for an expanding waistline. This skirt was great for summer and to add to my work wardrobe. I think it would be great for a winter pregnancy worn with tights too. 

TBH any elasticated waist dress is going to be a good sewing choice but I have fallen a little bit in love with the Wren. Raise the waistline and this is so bump friendly. I've worn this so much and am hoping it'll be a great dress for nursing...I'll report back on that one!

The only actual maternity pattern I bought was this one. I thought I'd be able to size up some other stretch top patterns but it turns out you really do need extra space up front that just adding length to your tops won't cover. I made a couple of these and the ruching detail is just perfect. Megan has a whole range of maternity patterns, I didn't get around to making up any of the others but they look to be the nicest pieces out there. 

Another pattern from Megan Nielsen, but not from the maternity range, this button front cutie is a really good shape for your tum and, again, I'm hoping a good choice for nursing. This got me through my last few weeks of work too when I was really struggling for things to wear  and apparently pyjamas worn outside the house is a no go??

Lastly is this perfect little number from Zoe. Having been pregnant herself she really knows what you need for both comfort and style in your last trimester. I'm a little gutted I didn't get time to whip up another of these but rest assured this cat print version has been worn ALOT.

I thoroughly recommend all of these patterns and would totally go for me made again over the majority of high street maternity wear (apart from leggings, go buy loads of leggings!)  I'd love to hear about and see pics of any maternity makes going on so leave me a link if thats you!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Maternity Makes #7.....Cara V.2....

One more, room for just one more?! I think this is the last actually. I don't think it's worth spending any more time making more maternity bits for the last few weeks, I'm already starting to itch to make new items for next year but think it might actually be time to put the rotary cutter down and the sewing machine away for a while, in just over 2 weeks things are about to get busy in a very different way.....eeek!

But anyway, back to the make! This is another Cara top, one that's a bit more weather appropriate at the mo.
I used up the remainder of this spotty cotton spandex from Girl Charlee, that I had left over from my Colette Wren.

I've already worn this loads. It's super soft and snuggly. The only thing I don't like about it is the hem. I left it raw so it rolls a bit but also the front seems a bit too long so I end up folding it under a bit. It's no biggy. I think if I ever made one of these again (as a gift!!) then I'd look at adding a hem band; the one from the Cordelia camisole would be perfect.

The rest of the fitting feels good and I love the sleeve length. I think I need to remember that for any future makes with long sleeves, I definitely prefer my wrists to be out so 3/4 or sleeves that end at the elbow feel so much better.

I'm going to try and do a maternity sewing round up post. Something I would have found really useful when I started to think about maternity makes so hopefully it'll be useful to new sewing mums to be out there.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Maternity Makes #6.....The Vest...

I think I've done pretty well so far at keeping myself in clothes that actually fit, and more importantly that I've actually wanted to wear, over the past couple of months. I'm please with my maternity makes and even more pleased that I've managed to fill the gaps in my wardrobe myself (useless, USELESS highstreet)

One outfit that I do love to wear, usually when I get home from work or lounging around at home, is my 'comfies'. These consist of leggings or baggy joggers, or to be more honest PJ bottoms and vest tops.....not the most attractive but the most appealing right now. 

You'll have noticed I've bashed out quite a few of these pants and vest sets over the past year or so and raved about how great the pattern by the ever wonderful Zoe at So Zo Blog is. Well she's only gone and done it again, and made sure I can stay wearing my fav comfies well into full term huge bump time her new pattern, the Cordelia Maternity Camisole

This is essentially the same vest top as the regular sized version but with added waist gathers to accommodate said bump, an internal boobage support and hem band; all necessary for dressing third trimester bump carriers!

Zoe has been super kind in sending me the pattern, thank you again Zoe!

I bought some fabric for this project straight away, its the fabulous cat face printed stretch from Regency Rags which I talked about here (and made those crazy cat baby leggings from too) It has a really lovely weight to it and is nice and soft, the print speaks for itself :)

The sizing guide is for your third trimester measurements so I had to guess a little bit as I made this in advance but you can't go too wrong when it's a stretch garment anyways. 
The instructions Zoe provides are super detailed and fantastic for anyone who is new to working with fold over elastic or stretch not be afraid!

This project comes together ever so quickly so is a very satisfying make and thankfully you don't have to spend ages at the machine which is great when your back is not up to it!

I love the hem band. It holds the top in place and ensures no peeking bump, I seem to constantly be tugging my tops down at the mo. I think this would work well added to my Cara top, just to make it feel a bit more secure at the hem.

I used some black FOE from ebay and a three step zig zag to maintain the stretch. You don't need an overlocker for this project at all, just set up your zig zags and your ball point needle and you're away.

I'll be living in this over the next few weeks, and then probably trying to find ways to sneak it back into my wardrobe so I can 'accidentally' match with these...

Too much?!