Thank you all for your amazing comments on my recent announcement. It really brings a warm glow to my heart when I think of all the well-wishers out there in blog land smiling at my news and taking a moment to wish me and the bump the best! Sigh and sniff indeed.
You also totally came through when I pleaded for pattern suggestions that wouldn’t make me look like a tent. They came thick and fast – beautiful maternity styles, the cutest empire line dresses, bloggers who’ve tackled maternity patterns and tons of tips on sewing with jersey. It’s really made me consider getting an overlocker, something I have always promised myself when I got good enough and had lots of projects under my belt. Now seems like an opportune time. I’ve already picked out my model – the Brother 1034 as recommended by Karen as well as countless other bloggers. I have yet to buy though… I’m still thinking about it!
So here’s a round up of some of your fabulous suggestions. Note – they’re not just for preggers peeps!
Lindsay suggested New Look 6803. A great little pattern with plenty of room for growth and the option for just a tunic or a dress.
Clare pointed out that New Look 6802 could be adapted for breastfeeding as well as providing a flattering fit around the bust. I’d really have to up my jersey sewing skillz for this one, but I LOVE the twisty feature at the front – so cute.
Marianna suggested Burda 7378 and I have to say I’m a bit smitten with this one, though I have yet to tackle a Burda pattern! Can you believe it? I’m a Burda virgin! A Burgin, if you will. Isn’t the maxi version so glam?
Ginger popped up with New Look 6022 – another great little casual shift dress that could be shortened into a top. Not sure about that drawstring pouch though!
Abby suggested altering New Look 6557 slightly to accommodate a growing bump. I love the halter top but not sure if my sewing skills are up to the adaptations to the rest of the dress if I’m honest. Maybe one for post baby body inspiration? Doesn’t the top remind you on Jane’s gorgeous Cherry Fabulous dress?
Kat H recommended the Danielle dress from Burda with its empire bust and loose skirt. Cute shape isn’t it?
In terms of actual maternity patterns, Megan Nielsen is a firm favourite. Loads of you suggested checking out her lines of separates, especially the Wrapped Maternity top, as recommended by Tilly.
Actually I’ve already been checking out her designs and they are so, so cute. I already have the Rie dress (which can also be shortened into a top) which I think I simply have to try next, but this top is inching up the waiting line already. Here’s the Rie dress if you’re not familiar with it.
Huzzah! Brave women have been there and done that already, some of them multiple times! I got loads of suggestions from you on sewing bloggers to get inspired by so I’ll be adding them to my reader immediately.
Once again – thanks so much for being such a lovely bunch of big-hearted women. Most appreciated xxx