red skinnies. I love this fabric. It's so easy to work with and has great stretch with great recovery. I did lots of topstitching with red jean topstitching thread. I also added some machine stitched hearts on the back pockets.
skinny jeans for me. I had over five yards of this fabric, so I still have a little leftover! Maybe Claire will have another pair of skinny jeans next winter from this fabric! I used pink jean topstitching thread and love the pop of color. It shows my mistakes, but it was good practice for me. I added two diagonal lines to the back pockets for a fun detail.
The great thing about these pants and tees is that they pretty can all be mixed and matched. I realized that I really love making things that can match with lots of different items.
I'm sharing a fantastic list of handstitch hems over at Craftsy with some handstitching tutorials. I used the list to choose the perfect handstitch hem for this skirt. I found that there's a great handstitch for stretch fabric. It's takes longer than the regular twin needle hem, but it really looks nice. It's basically invisble! I didn't mind handstitching when I'm watching a show with my husband. Stretch velvet is a tad transparent so I lined the skirt with a brown cotton spandex jersey.
I love the fit of the Erin Maternity Skirt pattern, and I want to make more. I like having fitted clothing when I'm pregnant so that I don't feel so tent-like. This skirt is very comfortable and will stretch through my whole pregnancy.
Claire has needed some warm layers for playing outside, so I made her this cute mustard and lace sweatshirt. I actually finished more than a month ago, but just barely got pictures and a post done! I love a good sweatshirt and have tons of girly ones pinned to my sewing for girls board. I decided to use some remnant mustard sweatshirt fabric from Joann's as the base. I love the color, and it looks great next to all the yellow leaves.
I used the free raglan sweatshirt pattern by Shwin and Shwin for the base. I just altered the neckline and hood a little bit. Instead of having the hood meet in the center I cut a slit in the neckline and added a little facing. I was worried about getting the sweatshirt on and off Claire's head. I also added some vintage ivory lace to the shoulders. I think that's my favorite detail.
I just sewed the lace in rows starting at the armpit and going up to the neckline. I had the perfect amount of lace because I didn't have anything leftover. I also added topstitching around the neckline and hood.
I wanted to use something fun for the hood lining. In my scraps I found some pretty tan jersey with metallic polka dots. It goes well with the color of the lace and keeps the jacket in a mostly monochrome look. When I first put it together I sewed the hood on with the lining on the outside. At first I was going to leave it, because I really didn't want to unpick and sew it again, but it bothered me every time I saw it. I really resewed it and am really happy that I did.
The shirt was a thrifted tunic that I added elastic to the side for a perfect maternity shirt. I love the color and beading. So far, it's one of my favorite shirts to wear this pregnancy. The pants are regular maternity pants that I sewed into skinny jeans. I also added elastic to the top of the over belly band to help them stay up. for some reason no maternity pants will stay up on me. I also added some simple distressing using this distressing jeans tutorial. I never realized how easy it was and now I want to do it to all my jeans! The distressing has definitely made these my favorite jeans of this pregnancy so far.
Labels: Women: Jackets and Coats