(Simplicity 5063 - I made this tunic/smock once before and it came out really nicely, but it was a surprisingly time-consuming sewing project so not sure I can be arsed to make it again. Would be great for up to a medium sized belly though I think, maybe beyond)
Massive thanks to the squillions of awesome people who stopped by to offer their congratulations and leave lovely messages on my previous post, it was thoroughly overwhelming. Here's the more considered follow-up pregnancy planning post I promised. So, as I said in that last post, I'm thinking of my pregnancy and maternity sewing in two stages: small-to-medium bump and medium-to-big bump. This way hopefully I won't get overwhelmed with plans and schemes. Plus as my belly becomes enormous, I have no idea how much other junk may appear in my trunk, so there's no point worrying about that for a while.
(Made by Rae Washi Dress and Tunic pattern - I just bought this. I've had my eye on this pattern for a while, even though it's not really what I'd consider to be 'my style' these days, it's just so pretty. I think both a dress and tunic version would be great, plus there's some nice pattern hacks out there including adding sleeves and a Peter Pan collar)
The main thing I've been getting my head round regarding any sewing I'll be doing in the next six months is the change of silhouette. As you may know, my dream wardrobe would be filled with (self-stitched) late-50's/early-60's retro style garments. I loves me an hourglass hugging wiggle dress, capri pants, fitted little blouses, cute cardi's and so on. To be honest that's not how I dress very often in real life. Most of the time I'm in skinny jeans, jersey tops or blouses and cardigans. But my main sewing aim for this year was to try and connect 'what I actually wear' with 'what I'd like to wear'. Plus as we all know, sewing is often about fantasy, and although I'm usually pretty good at making things I'll actually wear, fantasies must be indulged from time to time. But I've realised I'm going to have to let go of that for sometime and step away from the retro-hottie image I'd like to think I was just a few garments away from embodying! I can of course bring in elements of my ideal styles into what I make for pregnancy. But I'm not going to be using any of my precious vintage fabric, for example. It's time to concentrate on super practical sewing. Shit's going to get pretty smock-y up in here!
(Style 3590 - I must have bought this during an eBay frenzy, mighty glad I did though. I think it's got great mild-maternity potential with lots of variation options. Should I make a dress or tunic version do you think? Are we thinking contrast neckline and sleeve cuffs or not? Or make a feature from some ace contrast buttons?)
So I been having a good old think about what I reckon I'll need and realistically how much I'll be able to get sewn over the next couple of months. Plus just as I don't know how big I'm going to become towards the end of my pregnancy, I also don't have a clue what kind of shape/size I'll be post-pregnancy. Therefore I'm hoping that with some strategic sewing for this first pregnancy stage, of some the garments that are more 'roomy' than specifically 'maternity', I'm hoping most will be wearable when I 'come out the other side'! My aim, as usual, is also to do all this sewing exclusively with fabric from my enormous stash, rather than buying any new fabric, as far as possible. Here's what I think I'll need:
- A few pairs of jeans/jeggings/trousers: I'm plotting a reproduction of my super-comfy elasticated-waist jeggings but with a lowered and wider waist-band. I also have a couple of second-hand pairs of shop-bought jeggings that were previously too big for me which should fit at certain intervals of large-ness. As I approach medium-to-big bump, I'm planning on cutting them down and adding jersey bands to the tops like this or cutting away the pocket mouths and adding jersey to the area like this.
(Wiksten Tova Pattern - I used to be obsessed with this top before she released it as an actual pattern, and by the time she did my style had changed. It's mighty nice though. I've heard it's quite an involved project, which I could potentially be bothered to undertake. However, can anyone who has made this please let me know if you think it could accommodate a small-to-medium baby bump as it is, or would I have to do some adjusting? Thanks in advance for your thoughts)
- A few long T-shirts/jersey tops: Later down the line I'll obvs be cracking out my maternity jersey top tutorial to make some accommodating tops, but in the meantime I'm pretty sure some longer length jersey tops with a bit more width around the middle should see me through. Jersey tops are so comfortable and can be layered so easily with vests underneath and cardigans on top when needed. They are my staple garment at all other times so I can't see that during pregnancy I'm going to feel differently towards them!
- A few woven tunics/tops: These will be a bit dressier than jersey tops which I may need for going out and for teaching in. Once again I'm going to focus on longer length styles, a 'deficit' of fabric isn't going to be welcome, especially if my jersey-topped jeans refashions don't come out looking very professional! My lady-like pussy bow blouse already fits this bill for the smaller stage of bump actually, as it is quite loose and a good length. I've also been hunting the internets and my own pattern collection for tunic-y styles that I may choose to make (this post is illustrated with them).
- A couple of dresses: Allegedly Spring will come and it apparently that means it'll get warmer, plus some variety from jeggings and tops might be welcome, so a couple of dresses might be nice. Patty and I have a little trip to Madrid planned for the end of May to visit a friend, so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get to see some sunshine then at least. Initially I'm thinking about woven dresses, but I may have a go at something in jersey if the whim takes me. Some of the tunic patterns I either already have or have my sights on are also dress patterns, or they could easily become so.
- Tights: If the dresses go well, tights are going to be needed, for the UK at least. I'm going to take some of my existing pairs and try a mini-version of the jersey top jeans refashion on them. If that doesn't go well, I'll go old-school and actually buy some from a shop. Who knew that was an option?!
(Simplicity 3799 - Now PLEASE try to ignore the horrendous envelope design and fabric choices. Look at those top and dress patterns, totally maternity. Could be made much cooler in lovely fabric with a contrast neck band. Might amplify the maternity-ness of this and make it towards the end of my pregnancy when I've got a trip to Alicante in Southern Spain planned)
For everything else (jackets, cardigans, vests, pants, pyjamas etc.) my existing stuff should be fine.
So, those who have been a pregnant lady, what are your thoughts on my list? Do you think those items will see me through up to medium-bump? Am I missing something glaringly obvious? Also, if anyone else is in a similar point in life (or hopes to be soon) and is interested in following my maternity sewing considerations more closely, you can follow my 'Preggers Stuff' Pinterest board. It has lots more patterns, tutorials and ideas for maternity sewing with some preliminary baby sewing ideas thrown in there too.
(Sew Libertated The Esme Top - Pretty similar to the Wiksten Tova pattern, except it's not available as a PDF which is a shame. I like it for the same reasons as the Tova and most of the others, it also looks hella wearable post-pregnancy. What do you think, Tova or Esme? Who wins?)