The Vogue 8780 drape cardigan is my first DIY garment after giving birth. I needed to take into consideration my postparTUMMY, hence I don’t think I’ll be making anything too fitted for a while. This loose cardigan is the natural choice – it’s easy to throw on, offers enough warmth in our mild Queensland winters, … More Dotti Dotti [Vogue 8780].
I’m slow at sewing and dressmaking. It took me a long time to fill up Volume 2 of my Dressmaking Scrapbook series (with 20 garments in each volume). I averaged about one completed garment a month. I’m glad to finish this volume JUST before my child is born, since I have no idea how much … More Dressmaking Scrapbook Vol.2 [Garments 21-40].
Well, here I am, at full term. This will be my final handmade maternity dress for now. I chose to make it even though I only have a short time left of my pregnancy – because it is a pattern designed specifically for nursing as well! So it can get plenty of wear afterwards. Pattern: … More The Final Countdown [Simplicity 1469].
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! … More Botanical Delight [Burda 6957].
There comes a time when I have to make actual maternity patterns, and this is the time. I have this fabric in my stash that has busy print, and I got some gemstone-looking buttons to go with it. Pattern: Butterick 5736, a maternity pattern, rated “Easy”, View B. Size made: B5 (sizes 8-16 included), I made size … More The Jewel of My Eyes [Butterick 5736].
I loved the book Love At First Stitch so much (from which I made the Delphine skirt and the Megan dress) that when I knew Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons is releasing another book, Stretch!, I bought it straight away. The Joni dress is perfect as an addition to my small maternity wardrobe. … More The Floral Twist Dress [“STRETCH!” book – Joni Dress].
I’m walking the footsteps of many others before me – sewing with the most popular rayon from Spotlight (2017), using the most sewn Vogue pattern V9253 (2017), and entering the magical realm of impending parenthood (since the beginning of time). And I make it my own unique journey. Vogue 9253 is popular for a reason. … More The Nesting Dress [Vogue 9253].
As I’m fairly short, I usually favour more fitted garments to give me some shape and illusion of height. But I decided to try something different this time. Many firsts, actually – (1) shift dress shape, (2) flounce sleeves, and (3) sewing sheer fabric with lining. So here’s McCall’s 7505. Pattern: McCall’s 7505, a … More Feathers & Flounce [McCall’s 7505].
My husband has been wanting an apron for his hobby for a while (might be a hint for me to get or make one for him?), so I made one for him for his birthday this year. Pattern: Simplicity 1140, a “Swing patterns for Dummies” pattern, View C. Size made: One size. Pattern pieces: 8 pieces for … More Denim Hobby Apron [Simplicity 1140].
I try to make something to wear for the Christmas/New Year period (see last year’s here), so here is this year’s. I realised I haven’t sewn any red clothes yet, so I decided to make one. Pattern: Simplicity 1006, a “Project Runway Junior” pattern, View A. Size made: D5 (Size 4-12 included), I made size … More The Festive Dress [Simplicity 1006].