I previously bought a few maternity patterns on sale, and since entering my third trimester I finally started sewing them. I realise I won’t be able to get through them all, as my usual sewing rate is one garment a month, and there are only so many months (and only so much energy) during pregnancy!
I like Burda 6957, a maternity and true wrap-style pattern. with optional ruffles. There are pleats across the front bodice and upper skirt to accommodate the bump, and a waist tie to accentuate the under-bust which probably is the narrowest part of the trunk for an expectant lady. I also have a thing for 3/4 sleeves – I’m forever rolling up my long sleeves, and I like my wrists free. Although when I need to wear a long sleeve coat over it, I need to smooth them from scrunching up underneath.
- Pattern: Burda 6957, a maternity pattern, rated “Average” in difficulty, View A.
- Size made: Sizes Eur 24-46 / US 8-20 included, I made size 8.
- Pattern pieces: 11 pieces for view A.
- Fabric used: Ponte knit, 80% polyester, 17% rayon, 3% spandex. 148cm width, 2m length, made in China, bought from Spotlight.
- New Techniques used: Nil.
- Modifications: Lengthened sleeves; Hand-stitched all neck and skirt facings to bodice and skirt pieces; Top-stitched waist ties; Reduced skirt length by 4cm, Eliminated thread loops; Hand-stitched skirt hem in place.
“Pollination” at The Calyx, The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
Our time in Sydney is coming to an end – I leave next week! One year has gone by so quickly. We’re glad to have seen a few beautiful sights around the city, in between work and life commitments. And the several garments I’ve sewn will serve as memories of our time here.