Dressing the Bump!!

Monday, October 31

Thank you ladies, for all the congratulatory messages. I was so touched by how happy you all were by my little baby news. Now, about the baby, we don't know what we are having yet. I am convinced it's a girl. Mr. Dibs on the other hand is convinced its a boy because of my absolute conviction that there is a little mini-me growing inside me. His theory being tha mothers always get the gender wrong. I asked him to bet £20 on that, and got a big NO in return.....the little coward!!!

I don't mind the gender of the baby to be honest. All I am praying for is a healthy baby, so I shall be grateful for either boy or girl. That said, I am still 100% convinced its a girl. I don't know why I'm so certain of this. One possibility could be the fact that I have been dreaming of sewing little pillow case dresses for a baby girl. I don't think a mini Mr.Dibs will be amused by mummy's pillow case dresses. I've also realised there are many more patterns out there for little girls compared to boys.

While we are on the subject of patterns........when I found out I was preggers, one of the things I started doing was looking for nice maternity patterns. I've been looking for too long now I think. Unfortunately though, I can't seem to find any pattern that will make me go "WOW". There's alot of stuff on the blogoshphere for diy maternity wear but most often they are for casual wear, whch is perfect if you have the luxury of staying at home. I don't stop working till February, so I have to find patterns that will tide me professionally till I can relax for a whole week in my yoga pants.

I've put aside a few patterns which I like, and which I think will do me some good. First up, Vogue 1179. Seeing Eugenia and Karen raving about this pattern made me cave in. I ordered it this morning, so it should be here soon.

And a few others


Vogue 8489.....

Vogue 8575...

Butterick 5523

You will have noticed there are no skirts or trousers. I can't seem to decide on what to do about those, so for now I shall start off with these. The idea is to make things I can also wear after I have the baby. All of these patterns require knit fabric so hopefully they shall stretch as the bump grows, and since they are not really maternity patterns, I can always use them later.

I went to Walthamstow market on saturday to source knit fabric, and I did come out with a few good bargains, which I shall blog about in another post. Walthamstow market is definitely the way forward for me galore I tell you. Imagine buying knit fabric for £1.50/metre. oh yes!! thats my cup of tea. more on that expedition later. Its bed time..................


  1. Youre def going to be putting your overlocker through its paces!! Some lovely dress choices, have you thought about checking out vintage maternity patterns? ( id love to see someone wearing some !!)

  2. Im sure all you do you will look lovely ! Cannot wait to see you to catch up ! Imagine how fun if its a girl.. loads of tulles and pink LOL...

  3. Great choices. Your bump with be looking good.

    Walthamstow is definitely a gem. I haven't returned because I need to blast away my stash before falling into further temptation.

  4. I need to add my congratulations! Thanks for the shout out too. I had my eye on Vogue 1179 - it looks like it would be a lovely maternity dress. I look forward to seeing what you make. All the patterns look lovely. One pattern I have found useful is the mariposa tunic/ dress by Anna Maria Horner. You can make it as a tunic top or as a dress. It is supposed to be for woven fabric (but I have made a jersey dress from the pattern. It is on my blog.) I know my version may be too casual for your work needs but it strikes me as a very versatile pattern that could be formal or informal. It also is designed so you can wear it for nursing after the baby is born. I have almost finished a woven fabric tunic version which looks much smarter then the jersey dress! Only problem is I think you have to buy her book "Handmade Beginnings" to get the pattern! I hope you are feeling okay now with the pregnancy symptoms. x

  5. Love the dress patterns you picked, they're all lovely! I'm with Scruffybadger too though, there are some great vintage maternity patterns out there (especially for tops!)and just cause I'm nice, I did a broad little search on Etsy for you:

    Hehe, hope you like!

    Oh, by the way...I want to go to Walthampstow Market! Maybe next time I'm in London!!!

  6. @Marie
    That's so thoughtful of you Marie. Will be checking that out as soon as I get home tonight. And do let me know when u want to go to walthamstow market. I shall be running to meet you , bump or no bump

  7. @Minnado Thanks for the heads up about the book Minnado. I'll look it up tonight. Will check out ur version as well.

  8. I must add my congratulations on your news! I think your choice of patterns is superb especially when you can wear them after as well. You and your bump are going to be looking good!!

  9. Good plans! Don't forget that it's not just your tum that grows: you will need extra boob-inches too!
    There's a lovely book called "Sewing For Boys" if you do have a son!

  10. Congratulations! :)
    I just came across this indie pattern site -

    I have no idea what the patterns are like (I found the site from a link in another blog), but was pretty happy to find a small pattern maker that has quite a few maternity patterns. There is also a maternity pencil skirt which might work for your business wear.

  11. Congrats! I have been lookng through the Nov 2011 issue of Sew Today, and they have an article and pattern suggestions for maternity wear, which might be useful.

  12. Thanks Tamsin. I have that issue and boy was I happy when I saw the article on maternity wear. I'm going to try the tshirt at some point.