• A Luxury Liberty Lightweight Dressing Gown

  • I know, another blog post within a week! What is this craziness while I am very literally juggling a newborn baby?!

    This is another of my pre-baby makes. And like the pyjama bottoms from my blog post earlier this week (here), I wanted to make this as a practical item to take with me in my hospital bag for going into labour. A lot of people recommend taking a lightweight dressing gown as maternity units can be very warm.

    And for the feel-good factor I finally dipped into my stash for the fabric, rather than buying something new.  I forgot I had this Liberty fabric, so decided to splash out using this! I figured it would be nice to feel a tiny bit glamorous while in hospital.

    The pattern I used was Gather Kits’ Buchanan. I have a big ol’ soft spot for Gather Kits, as my very first make was one of their patterns (the Mortmain dress – blog post here).

    I had a few traumas making this as disaster struck when my sewing machine decided to breakdown! I know, the worst right?! All ok now though, as it was fixed by having a service and fiddling with some different needles (thank you Sewing Machines Direct).

    The pattern was easy enough to put together. The only difficult thing I found was my machine not liking sewing the Liberty fabric with any kind of needle… maybe it was having a fussy day.

    And after all of this… I never did wear it in the hospital! I think I forgot that I had it. Plus I was in for a few days and preferred getting properly dressed each day to make myself feel a bit more human. But I do have this hanging up in my bedroom now, which will be perfect for wearing in the Summer.

    I love the navy trim on this dressing gown – I think it really compliments the colouring of the Liberty fabric well. And I have to say, I really recommend Gather Kits patterns. Their instructions are lovely and detailed – so you will struggle to go too far wrong!

    Pattern: Buchanan by Gather Kits

    Fabric: Liberty Tana Lawn (trim in a plain navy lawn from my stash)

    Size made: Medium

    Alterations made: None

  • Some truly 'Ultimate' Pyjamas

  • Hello out there! It’s been a while. If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know the reason for my radio silence on the blog… I had a baby!

    Born at the end of February, I had a gorgeous baby boy weighing a hefty 9lb 9oz (go me!). So I have been busy adjusting to motherhood and torturous sleep deprivation! And I am so incredibly in love with him.

    Before I gave birth I had a little bit of spare time, as I ended up being 9 days late. So I managed to squeeze in a couple of makes (and A LOT of fabric shopping)! My idea was to make a couple of things that I could take in my hospital bag for going into labour.

    Obviously I wanted a comfy pair of pyjama bottoms, in a big enough size to fit me with a bit of a tum. I decided on the Sew Over It Ultimate Pyjamas. In fact, I ended up getting this PDF pattern for free after joining the Sew Over It PDF Club. Win!

    I also thought these would be useful for the newborn days where days roll into nights, and I live in pyjamas! And P.S. I love pyjamas.

    The fabric is a super soft and comfy brushed cotton in this blue and green check/tartan from Backstitch. Blues and greens being one of my all-time fav colour combos.

    The pattern was really straightforward – a nice simple make that would be ideal for any newbie sewers out there. The main thing I had to be careful with was pattern matching, because of the check fabric. This turned out amazingly well… I actually impressed myself!

    These photos have been taken 2 months post natal, so the pyjamas are now a bit on the big side (happy to report!). And unlike other makes, I have written this post after properly road-testing. I have worn these so much – and can vouch for them being super comfy and perfect for mooching around the house.

    Pattern: Ultimate Pyjamas by Sew Over It

    Fabric: Brushed cotton check/tartan from Backstitch

    Size made: Medium

    Alterations made: None!

    Winning at pattern matching the front seam!

  • A Coco Fit for a Baby Bump!

  • Being a Tilly and the Buttons super fan, I even surprised myself for taking this long to try a Coco dress! I might be heavily pregnant, but thought I’d make one now just for fun, to see if it would work.

    I just decided to just try making a larger size than I normally would, with no fancy maternity alterations. Then crossed my fingers and hoped for the best!

    I had been eyeing up this fabric from Backstitch for ages. So when I popped into the shop over Christmas I decided to finally treat myself. I figured this would be ideal for a Coco – a nice medium weight without too much stretch.

    I loved how quick and easy this was to make – especially with the help of my trusty overlocker. I really wan’t sure if this would work as a maternity dress, so I was a little nervous to try this on when I finished. Very luckily, I think I I pulled it off!

    It fits over bump, but not too tight – this was the thing I was most worried about. When I make this again, I think I’ll try shorter sleeves to give it a bit more of a cute, girly look.

    The only area I think that could have been improved is the neckline, which gaped slightly. But I have this problem with most patterns. I nearly made the adjustment before cutting, but thought that I might be a bit bigger all over at the minute (definitely am!), and would rather make too big than too small. Never mind – I’ll adjust for my next Coco!

    I wish I’d tried this pattern sooner, as it really is a fab dress. I think it *just* works for my stage of pregnancy, but would have been perfect for a bit earlier on – and obviously stunning without a bump too.

    This make is going to be perfect for seeing out the rest of pregnancy in the colder months. Just add tights! Oh, and gold brogues. Standard.

    Pattern: Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons

    Fabric: Ponte Roma Jersey from Backstitch

    Size made: 4

    Alterations made: None!

    Alterations for the next Coco: Narrow shoulders/neckline

    Birdseye view over the bump

    All the heart eyes for my new brogues

    Matching nails 🙂