Maternity Sewing part 1 – Pina dress

It’s taken me a while to getting around to these posts.  I made 3 maternity dresses in June and July and have had lots of wear out of all 3. I’m now 38 weeks pregnant and all still fit though it’s definitely the Pina dresses that are getting most wear as I can wear them with tights or leggings (much needed in the chillier weather).

ISLA - WIN_20141021_093627The Pina dress is a Megan Nielsen pattern and so easy to follow even with pregnancy brain!  Using elastic was tricky to get used to but otherwise the dress was easy to put together. In the picture I’m wearing a black vest underneath as the neckline is quite low but I’m planning to add a rectangular insert that will allow for easy feeding.

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Well, it’s been a while!

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I’ve had quite a break from blogging but I’m back and with big news. Big, baby news! I’m 22 weeks pregnant and keeping well.

It is finally the summer holidays so I’m looking forward a bit more time for everything including getting back into sewing. There will also be a lot happening at the house as we try to get ready for baby.

We have 2 major projects planned and thankfully for me it is all out of my hands this time. I’ll be taking a break staying with my parents while firstly the garage is rebuilt and a garden office created for Donald and then our bathroom gets a much needed refresh. So there should be lots of updates to come over the summer.

Mad Men Challenge – I’m in!

This is exciting news.  I saw the posts from last year’s challenge and as a fan of the show I couldn’t resist taking part this year.  The deadline is April 1st so it will be a challenge as it is during term time but I’m going to try.

I want to pick something from Season 6 that I’ve just watched so looking at 2 possible dresses at the moment.

  1. Peggy’s dress from the award ceremony in episode 5 which I think I might be able to adapt the anna/ charlotte dress as made by Roisin on the Dolly Clackett blog here.
  2. Sylvia’s dress from a dinner party at Don and Meghan’s in episode 2?

What do you think?  Who is going to take on the mad men challenge this year?

Friday feeling – Georgia dress is done!

Woo hoo, I have a finished dress.  I kept up with the sew along posts but all the finishing jobs have taken a couple of days.  It  is a week after the hopeful valentine’s day deadline. This is the first evening dress I’ve made and I love it.  The fabric works very well and by luck the v shape of the print lines up with the centre.  I was worried the straps would be too thin but they fit perfectly and really suit the shape of the dress.  I have to say that I tried  the tricks tried I still found turning the straps out very difficult!

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I went for size 8 for bodice and 10 for skirt which worked fine but I think I need to adjust the back panels as there is a little loose fabric.

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Bodice detail

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It is a great pattern and I have to say I’m very tempted to try the babydoll version next.

 

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Georgia Sewalong begins

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January is definitely needing some fun so I’m glad to have the sewalong to drive me on with my first sewing project of 2014.

Luckily I had the fabric ordered when I discovered the sewalong so I have it all cut out and ready.  Here’s hoping this head start will help me stay on schedule.

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The main fabric is a royal blue jacquard from Fabric Godmother

The grey blue lining is from Ditto Fabrics

I’m planning to go for knee length with the wider straps. Let’s get started!