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SEWN : BABY BOY NEWBORN PANTS

1.29.2013


I made a pair of newborn pants for my baby boy this week.  I forgot how much I love sewing little itty bitty things.  It took no longer than 3o minutes to sew them up on my serger, plus a very miniscule amount of fabric.

I used some cobalt blue ponte knit that I had gotten at Mood fabrics over the holidays.  The pattern / tutorial is based loosely off of this tutorial by Bag of Pretty and this tutorial by Cirque Du Bebe, along with a pair of baby pants from H&M that I own.

IN THE WORKS

1.25.2013

I had a few hours of kid free time this week so I decided to take one last trip to the garment district before the baby comes.  I am guessing that it will be at least a couple of months before I can go again, so I was anxious to get a few things.

I only bought two things, but I am pretty happy with my buys.  First of all I bought this clearance fabric at Paron's Fabrics.  Unfortunately it is a polyester blend, but I loved the pattern so much and the price (at $6 a yard) was too hard to pass up.  It is going to turn into a button down blouse (McCalls 6436) for sure.



I also bought this silk crepe de chine in this awesome coral, orange red hue at Chic fabrics.  I love the drape and the structure of this silk.  It think it's going to sew up really nicely.  I do have some plans for this fabric, but I am going to let it remain a mystery for the time being.



I have also been doing some knitting lately.  It is really cold right now in NYC so I don't feel bad at all that I am spending time and money on a new cowl for myself.  This is going to be another gaptastic cowl like the one I made for my sister for Christmas, but his time in a mustard like color for me.


SEWN : MEGAN NIELSEN RUCHED MATERNITY SKIRT TAKE 2

1.22.2013



Pattern: Megan Nielsen's Ruched Maternity Skirt (see my first version here)

Materials Used: Black Ponte Knit from Mood fabrics

Sizing: Like last time I made a M instead of my normal S because my knit is not super stretchy.  I am really glad that I did as it is a tight fitting skirt for sure.

Changes Made: Just the sizing above.  Otherwise no changes made.

Conclusion:  Love this pattern so much.  I really like that I can either tuck in my top to show off my maternity curves, or untuck and pull down my top over my belly if I am feeling a bit self-conscious.  Either way it's a very comfy and flattering maternity skirt.

SEWN : MEGAN NIELSEN'S RIE DRESS / TOP

1.18.2013





Pattern: Megan Nielsen's Rie Dress and Top

Materials Used: Brown mystery knit from my stash (just as a hint I found out that if I folded my fabric differently I was able to use a lot less yardage than recommended - although it may be harder in larger sizes to do so).

Sizing: I made a size S although I think because my knit was really lightweight and stretchy (much more stretch than the 20% recommended) I could have gotten away with an XS.

Changes Made: I ended up taking about an inch out of each sleeve and the chest area.  I also shortened the dress length by about 3 inches to make it more of a tunic.

Conclusion:  Super fast (about 2 hours total) and easy.  I am at the end of my pregnancy so I wasn't planning on making any more maternity wear, but this was so fast, plus I used stash fabric so there is no guilt with it.  It feels like I am wearing a nightgown which pretty much means I will be wearing it everyday.  Another stellar Megan Nielsen pattern.  Love her.

BABY BOY CARDI USING RAE'S SKINNY TEE PATTERN

1.11.2013


I had some leftover gray fabric from my maternity dress so I thought I would make something for baby boy.  And since I love a little boy in a grown up cardi, I thought I would go with that.  I made some similar cardigans from my daughter last year during Elsie Marley's kcwc using Made by Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee pattern.  Since I never did a tutorial with that one I thought I would take some pics along the way in case anyone else wanted to do something similar.


I first cut out a deep v for the front of the cardi.  Everything else should be cut out as usual.  Cut out your fabric according to the pattern (but your front piece should not be on the fold).




Cut out your waistband, and button/neck band.  The waistband should be 4 inches wide and 2 inches shorter than the pattern piece.  The button/neckband should be 2 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches shorter than the pattern piece.



Sew all basic pattern pieces together like normal.  Also, sew on wristbands according to pattern instructions.




Fold button/neck band piece in half lengthwise.  Attach to cardigan body, stretching slightly as you sew to fit.


Fold waistband in half lengthwise.  Sew onto the bottom of the cardi stretching slightly to make it fit.



Sew on the buttons and button holes, press.


NEW BLOUSE PATTERNS

1.08.2013





I don't usually wear a lot of button down tops, but for about the next year (due to breastfeeding) I will be wearing a lot of them.  To accomodate I decided to purchase the following two blouse patterns from McCalls and I am pretty excited about the possibilities.

McCall's 6436
I love the idea of this loose fitting, but still feminine buttonup.  It also comes in multiple cup sizes (another big plus for the breastfeeding mom).  I am thinking of a nice silky version like the one on the cover, maybe a chambray to wear with black leggings, and a black and white gingham one too.

McCall's 6648


M6648

I really like the cut of this top.  It has low, batwing sleeves and a cute collar.  I am surprised that there are no versions to be found of this already sewn up on the web.  I think it's a really on trend pattern and I can't wait to give it a try.

REVIEW : VOGUE 1314 ALTERED FOR MATERNITY

1.07.2013

If you were looking you may have noticed that the dress that I was wearing in my holiday photo looked familiar.  That's because it was Vogue 1314 .  I just hadn't gotten around to blogging it yet.  I fell in love with the pattern after seeing Mimi's version and seeing some similar maternity versions out in the market.  So I decided to attempt to alter the pattern for my growing belly which worked out great.


Pattern : Vogue 1314

Materials Used : Some beautiful gray knit from Mood Fabrics.  This fabric is super soft and washes up nicely.

Changes Made : In order to accomodate my growing belly and make it into a maternity dress I added about 2 inches to each side of the side seams of the belly area grading out from under the chest to the bottom of the hips.  This took a little bit of trial and error to get the right fit.  Like other reviews I found the sizing to be very large so I ended up taking about an inch off each of the sides anyways.  This was probably even larger because my knit was very stretchy.  With a more stable knit you probably wouldn't need to take as much out.
I also eliminated the lining.  I didn't really see a need for it and I wanted this to be a simple project.  As a result I just did my own method for the neckline.

What Would I Change Next Time : I don't think I will make this dress again, but I do think that after my baby comes I will take out the extra belly fabric and convert it to a regular non-maternity dress.  It's such a great basic dress and flattering style.

Conclusion : Great, easy pattern with really nice results.  I would recommend it especially for those with a serger, as it sews up fast with one.  Just make sure you are prepared to go down at least one size and take in some width on the sides.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRUE BIAS !!!

1.02.2013

Yep, one year ago today marks my first post on True Bias.  What a great year it has been and what a growing experience for me as a blogger and sewist.  I have made many friends and learned a lot.  Can't wait to see how I grow after another year of blogging.  I am pretty excited about what is in store for my little blog in the near future.  I have my first pattern in the works, as well as a blog redesign, and a lot of new projects.

Thank you so much readers for your support, comments (I LOVE hearing from you), and patience.