I rarely make stuff for my little one, mostly because I think my sewing equipment won’t make the garment comfortable enough for a baby.
but, when I saw this cute little robe, I couldn’t resist it. And I needed it too, because there is nothing more stressful (ok there are some things but not a lot) then getting your baby-toddler to dress after a visit to the beach. So, with this robe, I can just wash him quickly, put the robe on and shove him on the bicycle baby seat in seconds. That really worked for me!!
I bought a very pricey luxurious terry fabric, that felt great, but sadly, after a few washings lost its magic…
The pattern is from burda 06/2014. The collection included some other cute toddler stuff that I plan on making like this t shirt and shorts:
I really really wanted a maxi summary maternity dress, but the result looked like an 80’s sleep gown…
you can see I look very sad indeed!! after all the work, and probably really late at night (for a pregnant mommy to 1.5 year old baby, late at night can be 10:00 pm)
So, I shortened it into this:
It took some guts.. especially because most of the Robert Kauffman fabric was lost (ok ok it’s not Liberty, but still…)
But I just loved the result.
A very comfortable summer dress that can also be useful as a post maternity dress and hide the tummy till it’s gone.
(this is my 8th month tummy)
I’ve altered 03/09 burda dress to be a maternity dress. I’ve already done that on my wedding dress: https://sewpergirl.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/pregnancy-wedding-dress/
basically I just added some pleats to the top of the front skirt part, and some more volume on the seams (seams of the center panel piece and side panels, and the side seams) .
I’m thinking of adding some tutorials of how to alter a pattern into a maternity pattern, so I’ll also have one about inserting pleats.
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.
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)