I must be honest …when I first found out I was pregnant and went through 2.5 solid months of persistent nausea, I thought I’d lost my sewjo forever. I did not sew a thing, couldn’t lift a finger to work on Wearable Studio and barely entered my sewing room the entire time. Luckily for me, this period passed and I was feeling much better as the second trimester continued. My third trimester however has been my most motivated and productive one (perhaps that old thing called ‘nesting’?) and pretty much the time when I have made ‘all the things’.
I initially thought I’d make alot of maternity friendly items and be sewing up a storm but I actually found sewing for my endlessly changing body very difficult and frustrating. At some point I decided to give up maternity sewing and try work on some winter nursing items instead which I feel have been somewhat more successful and satisfying. Of course, I won’t really know until I actually start nursing! In Part 1 of this topic, I am discussing everything I made for myself.
Part 2 will be posted next week and will review everything I made for the baby and as well as the accessories I made.
The first thing I made was this Lisa Dress by Tessuti Patterns. I have written a detailed post about this make which has my full review and more pics. It has been a really great make and the most comfortable item to wear during our hot Summer.
I made the Jasper Sweater by Paprika patterns a few years ago which I loved and had this ponte fabric in my stash ear marked for another one years ago! Then I found this post showing the simplest method to make it nursing friendly by inserting a zip into the princess seams. And instantly knew I had to make one.
Next is this one by Jalie patterns - the Criss-Cross nursing top. The first one I made as a wearable toile from whatever I had lying in my stash. It looks a bit loose on my dressform however my pregnancy boobs fill out the top quite nicely. Since it was really happy with it, I bought some fabric to make another. WHilst my intention was to make it for nursing, it actually came out a bit big and fitted my right until the end (37 weeks in this pic). I will need to take it in once my body goes back to its normal size so I didn’t overlock the sleeve or side seams to allow for unpicking later.
This tee you might recognise as the Franki Baseball Tee from Tilly and the Buttons book Stretch. I attempted to hack it into a nursing top but I must admit I feel that this one is a bit of a fail. As I am not sure what size I will be after pregnancy, I made it in a bigger size (size 6) however it is too baggy around my shoulders and back and looks like pjs. Also, my attempt do a nursing hack and seperate the upper and lower parts of the bodice was also a bit of failure as it sags quite badly hence the need for the snaps to keep it in place. I’m not too sure how flattering the snaps sitting across the body like that are either. I suspect this top will end up in the pj pile hence the lack of any hemming on it!
Lastly I made the Ebony Tee by Closet Case patterns in a desperate attempt to have something loose and comfy to wear over my pregnancy leggings. I don’t have a picture of this one on me however I can definitely confirm it works extremely well for late pregnancy.
MATERNITY RESOURCES I found useful
This site collates maternity friendly sewing patterns from many different companies. You can easily search and purchase the patterns on their site. They also have some useful blog tutorials as well as a podcast.
We recently had our Franki Top added to the Maternity Sewing suite of patterns. Although this is not a maternity specific pattern, it works really well in the first and second trimesters and I really enjoyed wearing mine.
Henriette, a sewing vlogger, made a couple of You-Tube videos about what she wore and made during her pregnancy which I was very inspired by.
There are many tutorials out there. Lisa Comfort did a roundup of what she worse in her 2nd and 3rd trimesters which is interesting. I’m slightly jealous of how put together she managed to look considering all I wanted to wear was comfy, stretchy things!
This is cute maternity hack for a t-shirt by Guthri and Ghani.
I have just mentioned a few things that I was inspired by but there are many bloggers/vloggers discussing maternity sewing so don’t be afraid to have a look around the internet for some more inspiration!
For all the things I sewed for baby as well as some accessories, look out for Part 2 of this series which will be out next week.
*Note: Products and businesses linked in this post are not affiliates. Everything I have sharedis purely based on what I found useful or inspiring.