Saturday, 30 September 2017

Maternity Sewing Plans

So today I'd like to share with you my plans for my maternity wear wardrobe.
As I'm now over 6 months I've already made a few things, but the last couple of weeks have really narrowed down my wardrobe options! I didn't really have plans to sew much for my pregnancy in the early days. I thought I could get through the whole 9 months with a couple of pairs of maternity jeans and some of my loose fitting shirts and jersey dresses. Whilst that's probably possible, once I got to 4/5 months I found I just felt a bit of a shapeless blob. I was quite a bit fatter and yet noone was offering me a seat on the tube. For me I've actually found closer fitting clothes to be my saviour. I feel pregnant yes, but I also feel womanly and attractive.

If you're planning on sewing some maternity outfits for yourself, here's some things you might want to think about...
Are you likely to have/planning on more than one pregnancy?
Mr Makes and I have always been keen on having kids, and both come from big(ish) families. When I thought about this, it made more sense to have well fitting maternity clothes I loved because they'll hopefully get more wear in a few years time.
When are you going to be at your biggest?
 Definitely think about the time of year you will be in your third trimester. I spent ages looking for a good pattern for a empire waist or maternity maxi-dress at the start of summer, when really I still fit in the majority of my usual summer wear. As we're expecting a Christmas baby, my maternity outfits need to be more oversized jumpers and cosy knit dresses to see me through autumn and the start of winter.
    Are you thinking about breastfeeding?
A couple of the patterns below either aren't, or don't look obviously maternity and have buttons down the front. If you're planning on attempting to breastfeed, clothes than can double as maternity and nursing are a great idea.
    How are you finding pregnancy?
I'm lucky in that I've been in pretty good health during my pregnancy so far. The heartburn, exhaustion, nightmares and insomnia aren't fun, but I managed to miss out almost entirely on the morning sickness. Whatever energy we have is pretty reduced during these nine months, so if you're finding things tough then really, finding the energy to sew is bottom of the list of priorities!
And here are the patterns I've sewn so far, or I'm intending to soon.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Off-Shoulder Ruffle Dress... and an Announcement!

I rarely go clothes shopping nowadays, as I sew most of my wardrobe. So my shopping involves browsing Instagram and various blogs for new patterns to try out. By the time I had noticed the off-shoulder trend going around summer was already in full swing; add in my usual period of procrastination and it was nearly over before I'd jumped on the bandwagon.
The good thing about this trend is how simple it is, and how easy to recreate without much of a structured pattern. That being said, drafting a pattern from scratch is not my forte, so I did quite a bit of googling before I found a great tutorial from Megan Nielsen's Design Diary. (How 'friggin awesome is her tattoo?!)
It's very straightforward to follow, and all you need to draft the pattern is a few measurements to cut out a couple of rectangles. I actually didn't get quite enough fabric to use the measurements required, so just used the full width of the folded fabric which was a few inches short of twice my bust measurement. As it was going to be gathered into the bust measurement anyway it didn't matter and just looked a little less full. The fabric I used was a medium/lightweight dark cotton chambray, and I used contrasting white thread for topstitching (mostly as I was too lazy to pop out and buy more navy).
In total, this little dress probably took me less than two hours from start to finish, and used a fairly conservative 1.5metres of fabric, so a cheap project too. I wasn't convinced about the style at first, as I find having things loose around my waist can verge on making me look frumpy. So I've taken to wearing it with a belt to draw it in to my waist and give a little more shape.
What this does is also draw attention to my ever-growing belly! That's right, I've not only been stuffing my face with cake all summer long, I'm having a baby! Little Baby Makes is due just a few days before Christmas, but if they have the timekeeping of their mother its likely to be 2018 before they make an appearance. The great thing about a dress like this is I should be able to wear it right the way through, as there's a lot of room under that ruffle!
So you'll be seeing a bit more maternity sewing on the blog in the next few months, but I promise to try not make it all about the baby, or disappear entirely. After all, I need something to do when the heartburn and insomnia set in at 4am.😃
Emily Kate