I have been doing some toiles of new clothes recently, but also been buying a few things to top up my wardrobe… (I know, I know… but desperate times).
My wardrobe hasn’t completely changed though, and there are some of my usual staples there (**cough cough moneta dresses**), but it has largely changed, so I am going to show you what I am loving right now, and not loving so much too.
And of course a big thank you to my lovely husband for taking these photos for me!
So the 1 millionth reason I love the moneta dress is it stretches wonderfully and hides certain changes to my body…
Thats right… WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!!
So I’m letting my changing body dictate what I am wanting and needing to sew right now!
(Sorry for all the bump holding pictures, but I have also been using this photos to document the growing bump!!!)
So I will start off with a RTW dress which I have owned for many years… I posted about it while I was on honeymoon, but it has become my favourite weekend dress at the moment! The second RTW dress is one that the husband bought for me for my birthday and is from a maternity retailer, and I feel fantastic in it!
I don’t wear this shape very often, but the confidence I get from this dress really has shown to me that I need to wear it more! So off I went to find a pattern which was similar. Cue the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes pattern!
The lovely husband purchased and printed it for me, so he got some major brownie points here… If only he would also stick it all together…
I tried this pattern before (pre blogging), but found that the sizing was completely off for me! Because of this, I decided that a toile was needed, and thank goodness I did. I measured myself and I was comfortably in the size 5, however once I had sewn it up it was positively huge! So I went down 2 dress sizes (based on how much I could pull it out at the sides) and made a second toile… but yet again I really could have gone in again!
For the 3rd toile I also nipped it in under the bust to highlight that part of my body, and I am so pleased I did. It is still roomy, but I guess that isn’t such a bad thing 😉
I was also super happy when I found some Art Gallery Fabric jersey in my stash (gifted from Minerva Crafts), and managed to squeeze another Agnes dress from it… just. You will probably recognise the fabric from my Moneta dress which I made for the Moneta Party.
The Agnes is a much simpler design than the Japanese print RTW dress, so I am thinking of also doing a hack that gets me a waist tie and pockets… because… well… pockets! But need to get my thinking hat on as to how I would actually do it.
The instructions said to go for your pre pregnancy size, so I cut out a medium, and apart from being a bit shorter in the chest/bump length, it fits me perfectly without any alterations!
And best of all… it took me 1 hour to cut out and sew! WIN!
One thing that I am definitely not loving is the lack of trouser/bottom half patterns! I know some people have done hacks, but a pattern which you can follow directly would be amazing. I am low in energy anyway, so trying to do a hack is a no no for me right now.
But then again, I am also not enjoying maternity trousers from the shops! I have tried on a few as they would help with my work wardrobe, but I do not find the very short crotch areas comfortable.
Can any mamas out there tell me if this gets more comfortable as I get bigger, or am I destined to not wear trousers for the next 5 months?
I have found some lovely maternity gym kit, which I am so thankful for as I am still going to the gym every week.
I am now looking forward to sewing even more clothes for my new wardrobe!
Hope you all enjoyed the change of style as much as I have!
Love, Abigail x