Hot! The “Family News” Ensemble

The Facts 
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)
Year: 2008
Notions: None
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


Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. How wonderful, congrats!!!!

  2. Look at you, you gorgeous mumma, you!!! Congratulations to you and husbie!

  3. Congratulations!!! You look beautiful!

  4. You look wonderful!! Congratulations!!

  5. Awesome cardigan trick! Congrats!

  6. My goodness, what a unexpected pleasure! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  7. ahhhh! THAT IS SO AWESOME! A SUPER BIG CONGRATS!!! Can’t wait to welcome Baby Darling to this world!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  8. Awesome! Both the cardigan and your pregnancy! Congratulations!!

  9. Congratulations Veronica! I had an inkling of this news since I follow you on Pinterest. You look beautiful, so so does the new bump!

  10. Congratulations, Veronica!!! Your outfit is awesome, I love your fun cardi wrap. And you look gorgeous for having gone through all that the last few weeks! Here’s to a smoother second half!

  11. congrats! awesome news.. and awesome challenge.. and facial expression of grumpy baby you is priceless :)

  12. Aw, congratulations! You look blooming lovely!

  13. Love that dress! Congratulations on the new baby!

  14. Oh my goodness, congratulations!!! Wonderful outfit and wonderful news!

  15. Congratulations, that news is just fab. PS like the dress too x

  16. You look great… congratulations…

  17. Congratulations! Love the cardigan, too. Also, I can’t not say it–that grumpy baby face is great.

  18. Yay! Congrats Veronica, and to your husband too! What a ride. Sorry to hear about the all day and night Morning sickness – yuck! Wonderful outfit, wonderful dress.

  19. Congradulations .. SO happy for you and hubby.. Sending special prayers for you and baby..
    Also congradulations to your parents on their 40th wedding anniversary..[Kenny and I celebrated our 40th this year too.. SO wonderful..
    Love your outfit.. Hope you continue to feel much better.

  20. Congratulations! Very happy for you – you look amazing!

  21. Congratulations! What exciting news! Glad you’re still able to find the energy and motivation to sew through your pregnancy. September will be here before you know it!

  22. Congratulations to you and husbie, the best news ever. You look absolutely darling. This babes will have the best handmade wardrobe this side of Melbs xxoo I love the simplicity of the cardigan and love how it drapes your mannequin was certainly doing her job. Love it!

    • Thank you Kazz! I tried to channel your clever drapey-ness skills, that’s how I came up with folding under the collar at the back! Hope to catch up with you soon my dear!

  23. and still in 5 inch wedges… YOU GO GIRL.

  24. Aren’t you the cutest tiny pregnant lady!!! You are already more fashionable than I was during all of my pregnancies, lol! Congratulations to you and Husbie!!

  25. Huge congratulations! You look gorgeous, your bump is just perfect! I have been missing your posts and it is so nice to see you back and blooming!

  26. Congratulations! :) And that looks like a top notch maternity dress. :D

  27. Wow! Great outfit and fabulous news – Congratulations!

  28. Wow! Congratulations, what wonderful news. All the best to you and Husbie! xox

  29. EEK! Congratulations. I thought it was a little strange that you hadn’t sewn in so long!! Good luck with that Darling Baby

  30. Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll cope with it all in great style!

  31. Very stylish maternity dress! I’m expecting too and I’m in week 21/22 just as you. And just as you I’ve had absolutely no energy until now, so It’s great to get some inspiration from you.

    Congratulations and best wishes!

  32. Wonderful News Veronica – much joy to your and Husbie. You are starting off super-stylish and I’m sure it will continue. Love the cardie.

  33. I suspect the striped cardi will become a favorite layering piece over nearly everything. It’s very nautical, I love it.

  34. That’s a very becoming dress and cardi! I love the color on you ! Great news on starting a family. Congratulations.

  35. Congratulations! what a stylish mom-to-be you are! Back when I was pregnant the clothes were pretty hideous and I spent my time making clothes I would wear after. Happy Mother’s Day!! Oh yeah-I really love your outfit and the shoes you paired it with.

  36. Congratulations, and what a fabulous mom-to-be ensemble!!

  37. Wonderful news and ultra cute outfit. Thanks for sharing the whole package with us ;-).

  38. Congratulations – love that reveal, from cheeky ‘I’ve got a secret wrapped up inside this top’ opening pic, to unwrapped ‘look at my bump people!’ second photo. I hope your pregnancy is nausea-free and you take time to pamper yourself (don’t be an idiot like me and go into nesting-overdrive, now is the time for you-time).

  39. Wow Veronica, you look amazing, gorgeous blue and still rockin the heels! Congratulations and very excited to see you sew and share your first baby outfits.

  40. Congratulations Veronica!!! You look amazing and that’s an awesome maternity outfit.