SHMWC PROJECT #2: Maternity Tunic/Dress (McCall’s 6347)


I have been getting all antsy and grumpy from sewing deprivation.The sewing room was not set up yet, but I decided to throw practicality to the wind and start taking over the rest of the house. I know! A whole room to myself and I was still ironing in the kitchen and dropping pins all over the living room. We do what we have got to do. Besides, I am … [Read more...]

SHMWC Project #1: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Matern-ifying Pants

materninating the pants -

Is it bad for me to admit to owning jeggings? Is it a fashion faux pas? I bought them on a whim and then forgot to return them when I discovered that they reveal waaaaaayyyyyy more woman than I am comfortable with. Then I discovered that they are comfy, and then I started to wear them with a short dress, and I realized they did a great job covering my … [Read more...]

Sewing With A Plan: A Semi Handmade Maternity Wardrobe

Maternity Wardrobe Plan

I have dreamed of making myself a handmade wardrobe for years. Really it was my desire for it that started this whole Sew Fearless journey. The "trouble" is that whenever my weight normalizes and I roll up my sleeves to delve into sewing my own clothes... BAM! I'm pregnant again. Then, I'm putting off the wardrobe dream again for another year or … [Read more...]

A Floral Maxi aka The Nursing Ninja

Oh no! Our neighbor is on his front porch watching our little photoshoot! I feel so ridiculous! Quick hurry up and take the picture, honey!

I've never been one to wear long dresses, because "floor-length" skirts hit me awkwardly above my ankle, and I hadn't thought to sew one for myself until now.  It turns out, I LOVE them.  All that slippery polyester jersey swishing around my ankles feels elegant, and it looks so dressy, even though it is as easy as putting on a pair of PJs.  Win! … [Read more...]

Adding Nursing Openings to Empire Waist – Tutorial


I present to you an... Nursing so stealthy, you might as well be called "Ninja." OK. Maybe not that stealthy, but it is pretty sneaky and to doesn't require baring the entirety of your upper chest or your belly to nurse. I bought I top like this from Motherhood way back, and it is still my favorite Sadly, they don't seem to make this style anymore. … [Read more...]

“Best Worn Barefoot” Smock Apron – The Tutorial


Two more weeks. The time in pregnancy when nothing fits anymore but there isn't enough time left to make buying anything new worth it. Fortunately, there is at least one thing left that in the house that still fits me - my smock apron, and it's a good thing too because this beach ball under my shirt is always getting spilled on. I hesitate in calling … [Read more...]

Project 12 – December: Jalie 2804 Maternity Top

back adjustments

Talk about going out with a bang!  I couldn't be happier with the way my final "Project 12" project turned out. After scoping out various maternity patterns, I hit upon Jalie 2804.  It isn't a maternity pattern, but there is a link to Assorted Notions' maternity version on the product page. If found it difficult to splurge that much on a … [Read more...]

Project 12 – November: Megan Nielson Wrap Top

wrap - back

Wait!  How can it be December already?  I finished up my November Project 12 project Monday night, but couldn't snag my husband for a photo shoot until he was home for a quick lunch break today.  I imagine there are very few women whose husbands say "let me set up a couple of lights" when asked to take a picture of their latest sewing project. I love … [Read more...]