Thursday, 22 September 2016

Maternity Makes #3..The Trousers...

No, I'm not trying to fob off an old make. Yes, you have seen these pics before. This is more of a refashion I suppose. Mostly out of desperation but it's a sewing move I'm glad I made.
So these are my Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers from last summer. 

I've really enjoyed wearing them, the only niggle was the waistband facing didn't fit perfectly (I wasn't quite sure how to adjust it once I'd made changes to the waist of the actual trousers so it didn't sit perfectly, but wearable none the less) 

So I'd been happily wearing my own jeans for a few months into being pregnant, I even went a month with a waistband extender as the bump grew. Now I say 'waistband extender' and it sounds like a legitimate thing, what I should have said was HAIRBAND. Loop it through the button hole and round the top button and you are good to go lady! Well, good to go until you really can't get away with it any more. That was when I had to admit defeat and get myself some actual maternity jeans. Unfortunately much easier said than done. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again, most maternity clothing is just awful. Why you can't get your hands on every day garments that have been adjusted for your growing tum is beyond me. Everything is much poorer quality, very off shapes-do they even try these clothes onto pregnant women?! and I just don't like about 80% of any of it. Same goes for maternity jeans. I tried ASOS, M&S, H&M and then had a hissy fit and gave up. I just couldn't find a pair that fit well or felt nice, that's where these me made trousers and a pair of scissors came into play.

I really just wanted my own jeans with an added stretchy front part to accommodate said bump. So I tried on my denim trousers and marked either side of my tum and the bottom of the bump with pins (careful!) Then chalked a rough curve from either side to the centre.

Then I held my breath and went for it with the scissors. Eeep, no going back!

I forgot to take pics form this point on but basically I used a bit of black jersey from my stash. Pinned it right sides together around the edge of that curve and sewed it together. Folded the jersey up towards the waist band, stitched the sides and along the bottom again for strength. Added a piece of elastic across the front and secured either side to the denim waistband. Folded the top over to make a waistband casing for the elastic and that was that.

I have been wearing these loads and they seem to have enough stretch that should last the next few months too.

I imagine these will be pretty comfy to wear for a couple of months postpartum too and then I'll have to say goodbye as I don't think I'll be able to refashion them back! But I need to sort out that facing problem anyway so it'll force me to make a new pair. 

Know of any other maternity refashions that would be useful?

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Crazy cat baby....

I was on a fabric buying ban when I, ahem, bought this fabric. Husband reminded me of that fact, 'But has cats on!' was my VALID response, 'aaaaannd it was only a couple of quid per meter from Regency Rags!' .....NFG.

I bought this jersey specifically for another project (soon to be blogged) but as I bought 2 meters I had more than enough to reel off another a few bits. I've been pinning away quite a few baby bits, although I am actually reluctant to tackle many of them. I just don't want to put in loads of effort for things to then be sicked up on and outgrown within a few weeks, fair enough I think. But there are a couple of bits that seem to be minimal effort and this is one of them.

I used this pattern and tutorial from Toddah. The sizes range from 6 months to 2 years, so there'll be life in this pattern. I actually decided to make up 3 sizes as the first pair were so quick and easy. I've gone with 6m, 9m and 18m which were actually a present for a friends cute little girl.

Obviously I won't be using these for a while, unless I have a giant baby (please don't be giant!) but I'm not sure about where sewing will fit into the next 6 months or so of my life so thought I'd get going with all of the lovely free time I play around with. I mean I'm sure I'll make time but honestly I sometimes think I'm never going to see daylight again once spud arrives if I were to believe everything some people told me. But my rational mind tells me that everyone does still manage to have a life of sorts at some point, I feel sure that the sewing machine will feature again one day :)

These sewed up well with a zigzag stitch (just excuse the few skipped stitches, I must remember to buy some fresh needles) I even remembered to add a label (well to one pair anyway) and then, on a cat baby roll, I printed off this pattern and tutorial and just LOOK HOW CUTE!.....

has cat EARS....

I wondered if I'd be able to get away with wearing matching leggings and hat but a general consensus brought back a firm NO on that one. Shame. I'll come back soon with what I did make though, safe to say I love it already.