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 RUNNING OUT OF TIME to sew maternity clothes. Seriously, how am I already 20 weeks?
Unfortunately, the chosen project left me feeling deflated. McCall’s 6347 was easy enough to sew, but it looked a bit too 80’s / Giant Tent / And Seriously How Has My Butt Gotten So Big. Meh.
It may look cute in this picture, but that is just Andy’s Photo Skillz.
Usually it looks like this…
It’s a major bummer when your chosen relaxation project leaves you feeling mildly defeated. That aside, I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out how to remove Ye Old Funky Saddlebags from the pattern design.
To Remove The Bags:
- Lengthen “Side Front” ( piece 4) by 1″ to match length of Front and Back.
(In the future, I would swoop the hem curve down by about an inch more in the middle of the Side Front. It looked like the hem was a bit too short there, but that might be the size of my hips coming in to play.)
- Skip “Side Ruffle”(5) , and “Side Band” (6) when cutting out pattern.
- Skip steps #1 through 8 in instructions.
- Pattern: McCall’s 6347 – View B
- Size: Cut a straight size M (based on bust measurements), with above adjustments to Side Panel
- Fabric: Black interlock from Joann’s
- One of these days, I’m going to have to show you my new found favorite way every of hemming knits. It involved Wondertape and basting and no pins. So good.
Never scrap a project right away, leave it aside for a few days so you can give it a look with fresh eyes.
Enter THE BELT! Thank you, Ain’t No Mom Jeans for opening my eyes to the wonders of Belt-As-Maternity-Wear. It did wonders for defining my Barely There Upper Waist.
It’s still a little too snug in the backside, but at least it’s passable. With all that front fabric. this will be AMAZING for coverage at the end of pregnancy.
Things to Change in a Future Remake (if ever there is one):
- Let out the dress in the hips, at least in the back piece.
- Use a more drapey-but-still-stable material, maybe more poly than cotton? No more riding up!
Black Tunic (McCall’s 6347) * Belt (Macy’s)
bracelet (thrifted) * Jeggings (Old Navy, Maternified by Me!)
p.s. It’s a boy.