Overnight, the temperature plummeted. I woke up to a windchill of -25℃. I don’t know why I wasn’t prepared for this; actually, I feel like I haven’t prepared my 20-month old for this.
I couldn’t be that parent who sends their child to daycare without the proper winter gear. He did have a hat, mitts, boots, snowsuit, and coat, but what do I do about his neck and face? And if I did have a scarf for him, was it okay to wrap a scarf around a toddler’s neck??
I came up with this solution instead and quickly sewed one together before getting ready for work this morning.
Here’s the impromptu neck warmer (safe scarf alternative):
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:
- 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
- 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
- 22″ black invisible zipper
- Black thread
It took me about 5 hours from start to finish and I love it.
I have a ski jacket that fits my belly perfectly right now, but that won’t be true much longer, so I decided to transform my other winter coat with a removable panel. I thought it would be a waste to buy a maternity coat given I only have 2 months to go.
The only problem I had was finding a zipper that was compatible with the coat’s current zipper. Apparently, US-made clothing use left-handed zippers (the slider on the left). However, in Canada, we only have the right-handed zippers in stores. Luckily the brand of zipper I bought (YYZ Vislon) can be adjusted since the teeth are the same on both sides.
Here’s what I did:
- Zip the zipper closed.
- Cut off the top.
- Slip the slider back on the zipper facing backwards.
And there you have it. The slider is now on the left-side, making it a left-handed zipper.
Here’s the panel made of micro-fleece and lined with a wind-resistant fabric.
And here’s me wearing my new maternity coat :)
As promised, here’s another Megan Nielsen maternity pattern review. Like her skirt pattern, this one was super easy. It took about an hour to cut, sew and finish. I used the right type of knit this time, so it fits quite comfortably.
Two lessons learned from this project:
- Use a twin needle. Especially for knits, this is the way to go. Unfortunately, I didn’t use one, so my knit edges roll up slightly.
- Use the seamless option of the pattern. I didn’t, and I find those extra seams add extra bulkiness to the wrap.
Here’s a short video to demonstrate how the finished product works. It can be a bit complicated :)
There ya go! I’ll be using this pattern again to make a top in another colour!
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!
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:
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.