My sewing mojo returned in May, in spite of my sprained ankle. I decided to move forward with some stashbusting makes and also some muslins for pregnancy clothing. Here’s what resulted:
Two pairs of Burda Style magazine (12/2010) men’s lounging pants. One for hubby out of a long-time stash of cotton patchwork.
And a pair for me, modified by adding some extra to the hips and waist. The fabric is probably my oldest stash piece, at at least 7 years. It’s a synthetic purple satin Hello Kitty print, which wasn’t quite long enough to make the entire pattern, so I grabbed some pink satin sakura scraps from my scrap bin and made a contrast waist and cuffs. With my ever-expanding waist, however, these fit a little tight and the rise is not quite right. Still, they’re super fun to wear and should get a lot of use post-pregnancy.
And even though May was the third wettest on Portland record, I knew that I should make a summery blouse for the summer that will arrive, someday. I had a couple of white cotton French pillowcases from IKEA that I never had used, so I ripped the seams apart and pieced together a Kwik Sew 3632 top. It was my favorite top of the summer last year in Tokyo, so I knew I could get some wear out another one this summer. I just sized up to the largest size, to allow for some second trimester expansion, and left slits at the bottom side seams. I predict this will be a summer favorite, especially when I’m visiting my family in Minnesota (where it is much more humid than here in Portland).
And next up, a muslin of Simplicity 4173 skirt, a three-tiered, gathered skirt that I thought could work for a maternity skirt. I made the largest size, which is too big for now, and used an old cotton duvet from IKEA. (Hence the slightly Holly Hobby look.) While I think the pattern is ok, it’s a bit floofy for me. (That’s my own word meaning fluffy and poofy.) And I failed to realize that it called for 1/2″ elastic, which is hardly enough to hold up so much weight of the skirt. It will probably fit better once I’ve put on another 10 pounds. This will probably be an around-the-house-only skirt for the summer.
And lastly, another muslin, this time for Burda maternity pattern 8376. Yes, it’s pretty much a hot mess. ^ ^;; I scavenged the rib knit from a me-made ill-fitting tee-shirt I never wore, hence the center seam in the prego panel that’s not supposed to be there. The plaid was a scrap of flannel that had been in my stash for years. I barely had enough to cut out the pattern, let alone try to match the plaid. Again, around-the-house wear.
Still, this served it’s purpose as a muslin, as it proved large, but wearable. I can now cut with confidence into some bargain bin organic cotton twill and some ponte knit to make a pair of summer pants and capris to wear as my waistline explodes.
So, I’m starting to adjust to maternity sewing this month. Right now I’m concentrating on making a few key pieces that will get me through several weeks of waistline expansion at a time. I’m just not going to be cutting into any of my sacred stash from Japan (probably) anytime soon. 🙂
For June, I have a pile of projects to sew: several for me and a few baby-related. I’m started to get excited! The sun is out today and is *knock on wood* supposed to remain out for the next week, so I expect to get a lot of sewing done. (In between weeding in the garden.)
What’s on your June sewing agenda?
May stashbusting: 5 pieces, including the three oldest in my stash!
Stashbusting goal: Use 16 pieces in 2013
Stashbusting progress: 20 pieces used to date!!