Donating Hair

It’s a new year, so you’re maybe thinking of a new hairstyle.

If you like drastic changes, consider donating the hair you’re chopping off to help make wigs for women and children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.

Note that your hair must be chemically untreated (no dyes or perms). It took me awhile to do this because I’ve always had a little bit of something in my hair since I was 16.

If you have at least 8″ of hair to donate, you can send it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which is a partnership program with the Canadian Cancer Society.┬áIf you have at least 12″ to donate, you can donate to the Angel Hair for Kids.

In the summer, I was able to cut off 12 inches! Here’s the before and after photo (of what my stepdaughter calls “the mom cut” :))

Holiday Maternity Dress

I’ve always liked the look of a peplum dress, but I’ve never seen it on a pregnant woman. I took the risk and made one for my company holiday party. I couldn’t find a maternity peplum dress pattern, so I mixed two different patterns. I took the bodice of the peplum dress by Lekala and used the Erin maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen, which I’ve made several times.

Here are some details:

Pattern adjustments:

  • Shortened bodice
  • Widened bodice’s front darts so the waist measurement matched the skirt
  • Added a few inches to the length and width of the peplum
  • Added back seam on the skirt to allow for a zippered back
  • Omitted the elastics from the skirt

Fabric:

  • Thick black knit (sort of a Ponte knit) with grey lace print (thick enough that I avoided having to use lining)
  • 60% stretch (10 cm stretches to 16 cm)
  • From King Textiles in Toronto

Notions:

  • 22″ black invisible zipper
  • Black thread

It took me about 5 hours from start to finish and I love it.

BellyCoat Maternity Jacket Extender Review

It’s getting cold out! Is your belly ready?

I was really excited to try out the BellyCoat jacket extender.

During my first pregnancy, I researched my options but ended up making my own panel; they were pretty much all the same and it just didn’t seem like a practical purchase to me.

If I had known about BellyCoat, it would have made more sense to invest in it than in other brands. Here’s why: It uses clips, rather than a zipper!!

  • You don’t have to worry about finding a compatible zipper/zipper adapter.
  • You can adjust where to place it on your coat. The zippered versions are basically fixed because, well, it’s a zipper and the zipper lengths need to match up.
  • You can use it on all your coats without having to worry about zipper compatibility.
  • You can flip it around and use it for baby-wearing (not just for maternity wear).

Here’s a photo of my jacket with and without the panel.

The BellyCoat also comes with an extension, which extends the waist by an additional 6″, for a total of 15″.

Here’s my jacket with the extender + extension.

A panel is a panel, and they all basically do the job, which is to keep your bump warm. But if you’re looking for versatility, you should really check this one out: www.bellycoat.com. They’ll be at the BabyTime Show Nov 6-8, 2015.

Another plus: The company is local. I’m all for Toronto-born ventures! :)

Maternity Skirt Pattern Review

I tried out Megan Nielsen’s ruched maternity skirt pattern to wear at my company Christmas party. The pattern is extremely easy and fits very well. It took about 1.5 hours total. That’s it!

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I love it, however, I made the mistake of not following the pattern’s fabric suggestion. It says to use a knit fabric that stretches at least 40%. In other words, if you take 10 cm of the fabric, it should stretch to at least 14 cm. I was too lazy to head to the Queen St. fabric stores and just picked something up at my local Fabricland. My fabric stretch was about 25%, which means this skirt will not grow with me!

At least I got to use it once and spent only $10 on the fabric. Here it is:

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I have another Megan Nielsen pattern that I’ll try out and review. I highly recommend all you pregnant ladies, check out her selection. The only place I found that sells these patterns in Toronto is The Workroom. I purchased mine from an online store.

Enjoy!