This is the most pretty, comfortable and easy maternity dress I have ever sewn. And there are two more in the making!
Thinking ahead (unlike my previous pregnancy), this dress would be also great as nursing dress, so I wouldn’t have to wear simple tanks all day and night.
It’s made out of very soft jersey I found in the leftovers pile for about 4.5$ the whole piece.
I wore it for the first time to our apartment purchase signing meeting (my first own apartment! yeay!), and felt very elegant :-)
bump bursting out, and there are almost two more months to go!
Though I’ve already made 2 swimsuits, it still feels like a challenge to make one. Especially when the instructions are not so clear.
My big mistake was that I’ve noticed the measuring square on the pattern was 9 cm instead of 10 cm, and somehow, out of laziness, didn’t fix the print settings. I’ve probably thought, oh just a centimeter… but the thing is it does matter. and so it turned out way smaller then it should have.
To transform it to a maternity swimsuit, I slashed the front pattern between the waist and lower edges ,and added about 7 cm. When sewing, I gathered it to fit the length of the back.
In the end I can say that I’m pretty happy with the result, but it probably won’t fit me soon, and also I have to keep an eye on my boobs to see they are not peeking from the side. (that’s what happens when you’re too lazy to reprint the pattern).
I think I will make Allison again, but this time I will follow the instructions on the Burda video web seminar, not the written ones, because I found them easier.
So… yes… haven’t been here for a while.
I won’t grumble about how tired I am being a mom for a 1.5 year old baby and 7 months pregnant. Instead I want to tell you that lately I manage to find the energy to sew.
It might be related to our Crete holiday, which I really really wanted to have some new hand made garments to show off and feel good about. So lately I sew. a lot. (well you know, comparing…).
So this is the first garment I want to show you.
The pattern is from burda 05/2014.
The dress is very floaty and comfortable, and was very easy to sew.
I can even walk around without a bra because it shapes the bust very nicely with the gathering in the front.
Belly profile :-)
The sweet love of my life!!
Baby is sleeping… good time to go eating. Only problem you can’t pass the sidewalk with that giant trunk!!
You know what sucks the most about being a mummy? Is that I don’t have any “me” time. at all. well… I do have, after 08:00 pm… but:
a. I’m dead by that time.
b. If I’m not entirely dead, husband is, and wants to go to sleep so I can’t use my sewing room which is practically connected to the bedroom.
But. I’m trying. Because I miss sewing soooo much. and I keep buying more and more fabrics online and more burda and manequim although sometimes I see an online review and don’t even remember that I have that issue. well memory gets messed up a lot.
And after the somewhat melancholy prefix, I want to show you something that I did manage to sew and absolutely love.
The top is from a recent Manequim issue and the skirt is my own design.
Hemming the flounces were a lot of trouble with the fold leg because the fabric is very slippery. But besides from that, it was a really easy project. I added the oppening in the back which I think is cute :-)
the fabric has tiny cherries on it…
The photos were taken on my husband b-day and he was so cute and patient taking the photo shoot as always… we were having a great breakfast in Alexander hotel in Tel Aviv and then strolled on the beach. (it’s actually still warm here – and it’s December!! what’s going on with the weather??)
I am planning to have more sewing mojo and already cutting something. so hopefully see you soon….
btw, Manequim has sent me by mistake two of the same issue, so I’m going to take some photos of the issue in a next post and host a giveaway! so stay tuned…
I got the beautiful Drape Drape book for my last birthday in October from two great sewing friends, but only got around to make something recently.
It conceals pregnancy left overs and is very comfortable!
Basically it is constructed of two pieces. One is half of the back and the other is the front and half of the back.
The construction is very easy, but the tricky part was to cut the fabric without distorting the pattern every time I move it on the table. (because the piece is HUGE)
My wedding took place ages ago… but… by the time I got the photos I was already way way pregnant, elephant like pregnant and very exhausted. Then I got myself a really bossy baby that didn’t let me do anything else besides soothing and entertaining him… so finally!
It is based on Burda 03/09 dress #116. I added some pleats in the middle to make some room for 5 months belly.
It was easy to make but in the end didn’t look so good on me. A couple of days before the wedding I was just about to give this dress up (I had another dress – bought one), and called to moan to my friend Keren. She came that evening and helped me with the fit and finishing edges.
We ended up sewing the bra and slip to the dress, but the result was beautiful and I was very happy with it.
Long time no see…
Well, I was up to a lot, not in the sewing business but with screaming reflux baby in hands, trying to cope as a new mommy.
In the first few months I was mostly in bed, with the baby sleeping on my chest, looking at the sewing machines in the other room and dying to sew, but just couldn’t.
Well, he’s now six months old (!) time runs fast, although I can confess that it was so difficult in the first 4-5 months that it really actually went so slow.
He’s a very curious and active little monkey, and sooo cute.
He goes to sleep at about 18:00 every evening, so hopefully I will manage to go back to sewing soon.
I still owe you the pictures of my pregnancy wedding dress, so I’ll post that next.
We’ve just returned from a weekend in Eilat (to celebrate my BD :-) )…
Now, I take the risk of boring you, but I couldn’t resist post the new photos Nitzan took of my favorite retro maternity swimming suit.
The pattern is from one of those oldies 70s burda magazines, and the fabric and lining are Lycra. It’s extremely comfortable and I love it.
The original post can be found here.
One word about the bra pad. It took me a while to figure out how to do it…
What I eventually did, which is very simple when you think about it, was after I sew the lining I put it on me, pinned the padding in its place above the lining and then machine stitched the lower part of the padding to the lining. piece of cake!
I had no idea I look like this… not until I saw the pictures my friend Teressa took on the beach.
But, I guess that’s called being pregnant. it’s just that… my belly and buttocks are enormous comparing to my legs which somehow remained skinny, and it looks funny.
Anyway, this is my new retro maternity bathing suit. It’s very comfortable and I love the fabric. I’ve made it using a pattern from a 40 something years old burda. The pattern is not originally maternity, but it’s size 46 and luckily it fits (Lycra…)
As for the behind views, I’ll spare you the close ups :-)
Well…. no I’m not sewing pink clothes for my little baby boy (due in 3 months btw!), but at least I can sew pink tops for my belly.
I’ve drafted this pattern from a basic sloper. It was very easy – just got rid of the darts, added the pleats and used a bias strip for the collar. I will try to upload the pattern (along with the 60s maternity dress pattern) as soon as I get near a scanner (or perhaps I’ll finally buy one).
The fabric is such a delicate cotton, it almost feels as silk. If you happen to be in Israel, you absolutely HAVE to go to the fabric district in Tel Aviv. For me, it’s just 10 minutes drive from home, and there are about 25 fabric and notions stores on the same street (Nachlat Binyamin). You can find really good expensive stuff, but you can also find designer outlet fabrics for really cheap prices like the Miss Sixty’s one I used for my 60s maternity dress (2.5$ per meter) or 2$ for the whole piece of fabric I used for this top.
Next post I’ll show you my latest fabric bargains from last week (have to take photos…)