Groovy, baby!

A week ago today I was making pants…the British kind!

I made pants! The British kind :)

Thank you to the beautiful Winnie for inviting me for an awesome crafty day in Bath. I apologize that it has taken me so long to say thanks. I’ve been a little distracted this week making two muslins and a dress! But before I go on to tell you about them I have to give you a bit back story on why I decided to make this particular pattern.

Something has been popping up among sewing bloggers for the last few months. Stitch and Witter has it. As does Thread Carefully, True Bias, and Julia Bobbins. Even Casey of Elegant Musings has one! Well I am here to throw my name into the list cause I got one too!

Here I am sporting my new groovy 1970s dress and wee bump. Sixteen weeks gone, twenty-four to go!

Final version of Simplicity 8670 in Liberty cotton and Japanese lace

The maternity pattern I used looked very straight-forward but I was still really nervous about cutting into my Liberty fabric without some practice. So much so that I made two wearable(ish) muslins. I graded the pattern from a bust size 40 to 42 but soon found out the amount of ease would have made the dress fit fine without any big changes. The yoke was so baggy I added a keyhole of sorts to try and take the puffiness away. It sorta worked. But the shoulders are definitely still far too wide.

Muslin #1 for Simplicity 8670 (vintage 1970)

Thank goodness for cardigans and sweaters. They hide lots of issues: chubby arms, back boobs, baggy yokes, you know, the usual.

Muslin #1 for Simplicity 8670 (vintage 1970)

So for muslin numero dos I went with a bust size 40. And I shoulda (coulda woulda) taken in the shoulders by half an inch or so but laziness won out. I didn’t want to mess with the armscye because I didn’t want to adjust the sleeve. Boy was that dumb. I didn’t even use the sleeves. They were a bit too groovytastic, if you know what I mean. Sadly this second version kind of reminds me of the uniform used by the reptile aliens in the movie V.

Muslin #2 for Simplicity 8670 (vintage 1970)

Yeah. Not amused, there. The black poplin I used also has a sheen to it. Reminds me of a garbage bag. Not cute. Will I wear it? Maybe. Big maybe. But this wreck was totally worth it because this beauty came from all that practice.

Final version of Simplicity 8670 in Liberty cotton and Japanese lace

This was my first time sewing with Liberty fabric. You read/hear people say “It was a dream to sew with” and it’s true. Totally not an overrated statement. It’s the butter of fabrics. Love it, want more of it, please, thank you. And holy moly does this fabric make this dress look…well…pricey. As it should because Liberty fabric doesn’t come cheap. Worth every freaking penny.

Final version of Simplicity 8670 in Liberty cotton and Japanese lace

For the yoke I used some lovely Japanese lace I bought from Etsy. I initially bought it to make an Ava top. Thankfully I have loads left over for when I decide to make another one.

Final version of Simplicity 8670 in Liberty cotton and Japanese lace

I made some bias binding for the shoulders. I really love the contrast between the binding and the yoke. So delicate and pretty.

Final version of Simplicity 8670 in Liberty cotton and Japanese lace

I actually patted myself in the back and sighed with relief once I was done with the centered zip. You can’t see but I lined the dress and was deathly afraid of really cocking up at this stage. Luckily it all went smoothly.

So there you have it: pants, two muslins, a dress, and a wee babe. No one can say I’m not productive. With that said I am really looking forward to learning on how to make this curvy body delicious maternity wear. Because let’s face it, the chub doesn’t get much love in the maternity clothes department. And I refuse to be a fashion victim just because my stomach will be four times its size in a few months πŸ™‚

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84 thoughts on “Groovy, baby!

  1. Ah, the cat is out of the bag. The liberty version is pretty damn good. I am actually jealous. When I was preggers, I had no motivation. You’ve really done good sewing all these three. Well done you.

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  2. Oh wow!! SUPER CONGRATS! I have to say I was first on Pinterest and saw your nursery pins, which drove me straight to my Reader to see if it was as it appeared. πŸ˜‰ And a second congratulations on your beautiful maternity wardrobe-so-far. I have a bit of Liberty that I’m trying to work up the courage to cut into, as well. (I have a bit of the same paralysis with my double gauze.)

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    • Oh, I have some double gauze too that I haven’t checked. A lot of mental preparation is needed to cut into pricey fabrics. You just have to take the project slowly and not rush. That helped me survive my first Liberty construction.

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    • Take a deep breath and go for it. Just remember to go slowly and your Liberty fabric will stay unharmed πŸ™‚ I definitely walked away from my dress a few times just to calm my nerves πŸ™‚

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  3. Congratulations!

    I love, love your dresses. The yoke is darling. I never quite saw the big deal about Liberty until I actually sewed with it and realized, yup, it’s basically butter.

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  4. Huge congratulations mela!!!!!! And Greg!! I’m so happy for you, and your careful maternity sewing has paid off, the liberty dress with such a pretty collar and yoke are super super bumpaliciously stylish. Nice pants too!!!

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  5. Aww, congratulations! There really are a lot of sewing bloggers expecting at the moment (JuliaBobbin, too!), did you guys made a secret pact :)? Joking aside, you look so cute and serene in your new dress. I (obviously) love the collar and your styling styling is so cute!

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  6. Congrats. You look like you are enjoying the pregnancy too, treasure every moment. It’s one of life’s best. I love ALL three versions. Love the purple with the black, the striking contrast of the red and black looks ok on my screen and the perfect one- it’s so lovely. The fit looks good on them all from here as well. I love the lace and the bias binding they were clever additions. I recently learned (I’m such a behinner) to make my blouses in a smaller size using my High Bust for the top 2/3 of armhole and across then the actual bust size for the bottom 1/3 of the arm hole down. It worked perfectly and I can’t wait to have another go. Once, when I didnt have a clue how to adjust patterns to fit me I made a maternity dress. It fit me perfectly and I always remember it because I felt so beautiful in it and I made it. It was a bit like my New Look 6515 but without the split in the front bodice. Hope you find some really lovley patterns. Enjoy this wondereous time.

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  7. Congratulations! Such exciting news – are you planning on returning to the States before baby comes? I love the liberty dress, the lace yoke sets offthe fabric beautifully and those colours really suit you. I liked the Anna Maria Horner maternity dress and skirt patterns in her Handmade beginnings book, made both and wore both a lot. xx

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  8. That’s wonderful news, I’m so thrilled for you both. I must admit, I had an inkling, so I’m over the moon to be proved right! You’ll make a wonderful mum and your lucky child will have the added pleasure of having bedtime stories read to him/her!
    Your maternity wardrobe has got off to a super stylish start too. Xx

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    • My pinning on Pinterest may have given me away πŸ™‚ You know, as soon as I found out when the baby was able to hear my voice I started reading to it! I am loving Guess How Much You Love Me. I bawled like a baby myself the first time I read it. I’m such a sap.

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  9. Oh fantastic news! Congratulations!
    I really really love that Liberty dress – the lace is the finishing touch of perfection. But the blue is lovely too! πŸ™‚
    Oh wow! Another bloggy baby! πŸ˜€

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  10. Congratulations!!!!! This is such exciting news πŸ™‚ Your Liberty frock is sensational! I have never been game to try the fabric because I’m scared of ruining something that lovely. It looks so worth overcoming the fear. Gorgeous!

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  11. I feel like I should get the dunce cap award!! Cause of course I’m sucking on my blog reading at the moment, but I DID read your comment on Dibs blog (because I’m nosy and I read everyones comments before I comment)the other day and it still didn’t sink in! OH MY GOSH a huge congratulations! And since I’m also being nosy on here I’m doing a little jig on the inside that y’all are trying to move back to Texas!

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    • We really hope we can get a job transfer back to Austin. So positive thoughts are so appreciated! You were totally mentioned when I told Dibs about potentially moving to Texas πŸ™‚ Can you imagine all the great meetups we can have?

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      • Well I’ve sent up prayers and got everything crossed that can be!!! Hopefully by the time y’all get here I’ll be even closer(you know as close as you can get in this big ole state lol) We are trying to make our way over to the Fort Worth/Arlington/Mansfield area around the same time or by the end of the school year at the latest.

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  12. Oh, congratulations. You will be a beautiful mama. I completely love that dress on you. The print is gorgeous and the lacey yoke is so incredibly beautiful. What a lovely dress you’ve made. I always love your color choices — you know what looks great.

    About three months ago, I got it in my head to start buying Liberty fabric off Ebay. I’ve bought lots (don’t tell the hub). I love it so much and now I’ve started to sew with it. It is the very best and I think it’s worth the money. I buy it from about three UK sources and even with the royal mail charges it comes out to less money than we pay for it here in the states — about 25 dollars a meter as opposed to almost 40 dollars a yard. But, HELLO?????? 25 dollars a yard/meter???? HELLO, IS THERE ANYONE HOME, COLLEEN?

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    • I always fall victim to bargains. I would totally buy them as well if I were you. $25 a yard isn’t cheap, but man, how good does your garments and/or crafts must look? I completely understand your purchases. And thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚

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  13. Oh congratulations – how exciting! All these bumps popping up are making me broody – just don’t tell my other half! πŸ˜€

    Loving the dresses too. That liberty fabric is just lush

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  14. Squeeeee! How exciting. What a beautiful family you’ll be. And how stylish is your baby going to be? I’m really, really thrilled for you all.
    Love the dresses. I want the blue one, now, please! You’re not wrong about Liberty fabric…it’s divine. And where, oh, where did you get those amazing shoes?

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      • Baby clothes are adorable to make. So cute. So teeny tiny. You’ll have a ball!
        I was looking at the Clarks website after I commented and did wonder. They are lovely. Comfy shoes are a blessing! And doubly so when they are cute!

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  15. Woo, congratulations!! There’s a real baby boom at the moment in the sewing blogosphere, so many announcements!
    I might have to get some Liberty fabric, it looks amazing – and I’ll test out for myself exactly how dreamy it is to work with, haha!

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  16. Congrats, that is so exciting! I do believe it has something to do with the water, or so I have heard. I love your dresses and your final version is gorgeous! Nothing like Liberty to make perfect…well really perfect,

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  17. OMG Mela I’m so excited for you! Wow! So many changes ahead! Looking forward to following you on your blog as your exciting new plans unfold. Adrienne xx

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