The “Family News” Ensemble
Fabric: Ponti De Roma – Rayon/Viscose/Spandex blend (Dress), new ~$12 and Stretch Knit (Cardigan), thrifted, ~$2
Pattern: Built by Wendy Sew U Stretch for the dress, and self drafted cardigan (using Built by Wendy’s sleeves)
Time to complete: ~4 hours
First worn: May 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: $14
Sewing over this weekend, I’ve reflected on my family, the women I am inspired by, my sewing family (that’s you guys!) and the future…I think this theme gave me so much happiness as I prepared for my outfit. For I’m delighted to share some “family news” with you: Husbie and I are expecting our first child in September!
Firstly, let’s get to the ensemble and the sewing! I initially wanted to tackle a late 1940s maternity style, to reflect my Grandmother’s era when she was pregnant with my mum… but not having really sewn 1940s before, NOR any maternity patterns, I was a little confused with the fashions. They are not pretty for short petite modern women; swing jackets (I’m so close to the ground, I’d look like a tent!) and high waisted pencil skirts (uncomfortable!) … but what really pushed me to contemporary fashions, styles and fabrics for this week’s theme: comfort and warmth.
Then I found this darling photo of my mum, with me as a (grumpy) baby in late 1978:
We’re both so cute! The warm brownie crochet cardigan and mum’s blue jeans, I used as an inspiration colour scheme for me to visit Lincraft and get this Rayon/Viscose/Spandex blend called Ponte De Roma. It’s super soft fabric, a little heavy but still a stretch knit that can ‘grow’ with me. And totally comfy and warm! YAY! And I think it looks kinda fashionable too!?
For the cardigan, I found a left over piece of thrifted stretch knit (I’d made a beach dress earlier this year from the bulk of the stuff. I really wanted something floppy and drapey-esque and really simply (a little too simply, maybe!) cut out a long rectangle… the width was the neck to the waistline, and I draped it over my mannequin with the centre of the rectangle becoming the cardigan back. Then I folded under the neckline to the inside (to create the ‘cowl’ look around the neckline) and pinned it in place, cut two squished circles where the mannequins armholes were and then made 2 sleeves via Built By Wendy’s Sew U Stretch pattern which I sewed in. Lastly I hemmed the raw edges. Voila, a freaking new modern cardigan!
Because the Ponte De Roma Royal Blue stretch knit cost me a bit of dosh (um, expensive for me at $12.99 a metre friends!), I went a little bit slower and used Built by Wendy’s dress pattern pieces… settling on the Pattern #3 Pretty Baby Doll style bodice front and back, but giving the front skirt piece some extra room for gathers around ‘The Bump’ at the waist.. so that when I expand, the dress can expand nicely with me. The neckline and armholes are just binding with a nice topstitch and I made it sleeveless to wear singlets or whatever underneath (to wear it like a tunic in the colder weather) or so that more layers can fit over the top as well! OPTIONS.
And how goes the little one on the inside? Healthy and happy and kicking! We had our halfway mark ultrasound this week (we’re maybe 21 or 22 weeks, the Doctor’s keen changing their minds!), so I’m around the same duration as the lovely Kat from New Zealand… and just a little ahead by a few weeks of the gorgeous Kat in Queensland. What a cute little Baby Bump Bunch we have here at Sew Weekly!
The first half of my pregnancy was a little disorientating, with morning sickness (24/7 mind you) and the hormones taking over, but recently I’ve been feeling amazing! And finally in a sewing frame of mind, as I was just too exhausted in those first few months of the year. Now, I’m inspired by my maternity pattern search, and keen to explore a more regular look at sewing for a growing body (on a budget!) and a new addition to our Darling household! You may see me again at Sew Weekly, muddling through the themes with a maternity or baby twist, but until then, I’ll be updating my blog a little more often.
Wishing you all a Happy Mother’s Day, whether you’re a mum or a son or a daughter… hope you find time with your loved ones this weekend! It’s my parent’s 40th Anniversary this Sunday, so a special one for us all. xoxo