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maternity wear

In clothing, maternity on 8 May, 2011 at 9:21 am

as mentioned a good while back, my good friend sam was pregnant. she had her baby, gorgeous giulio, just after christmas, but i managed to get a christmas dress to her on time. another friend, anja, my long suffering friend who has actually shared a house with me (gasp), was also pregnant, and gave birth to christiaan in late april. i thank anja for contributing another taurean to the world; there can never be enough of us.

all three of these were based on the same basic pattern; i altered the details and sleeves according to what season people were in. while these weren’t difficult at all, it was definitely a lesson in making sure the head opening was big enough to do away with the need for a zip; when you can’t see your toes, who has time to do up a zip? i think in my last post on this, i said i would put a zip in, but i think i changed my mind about that. the other lesson i’ve taken from this is to transfer the idea that two thirds of the waist girth is at the front, to making shirts for men who have something of a tummy.

the rose print dress is made from a stretch cotton poplin underneath, and a sheer jersey knit polyester overlay. the green shirt is made from a printed cotton; anja was wearing this in summer, hence the capped sleeves. all in all, a very successful project.


current project: maternity dress for sam – finished!

In clothing, maternity on 21 October, 2010 at 8:13 am

here it is, finished and sent off to london. i’m very happy with this, apart from the facing; something went wrong somewhere, and my pattern didn’t fit the garment. weird, and this doesn’t normally happen to me. anyway, i was very short of time, and i know that sam loves me regardless of whether i face her dress or not, so i decided to go with bias binding, which works just fine. it also needed the two rows of top stitching, which i think creates a good late 60s / 70s effect. i put the pink ric rac around the sleeves to create some detail in an otherwise quite plain dress. bonus about the dress is that it has inset pockets. women’s clothes should have pockets if at all possible.

current project: maternity dress for sam

In clothing, maternity on 14 October, 2010 at 8:13 am

my oldest friend is pregnant, and seeing as i can, i’m making her some pregnancy clothes. sam is petite in the truest sense of the word. so probably even at her most pergnant, her waist measurement will be smaller than mine; she’s getting UK size 12s, and they fit her just fine at the moment.

i’m basing her dress on the butterick pattern in the picture – i’m not sure of the year, but it must be post 1960, as the price is in cents, not pence (south africa moved over to rands and cents in 1960). the dress is going to be made from da gama shweshwe, mostly because blue is a great colour on her, but also because it’s 100% cotton, and gets beautifully soft with age, and because it’s 100% south african.

the outer shell has been put together, as soon as i’ve put the zip in, i’ll pop another picture up.