I’m so excited to share the news that we’ve bought our first family home! We’ve had an eventful few months, all triggered by our eviction from our rental property in October last year. This led us to make the big decision of selling our apartment in Sydney and truly commit to life in the regional city of Wollongong by buying a house here.
Ever since I found out I was having a girl, I knew I just had to make matching outfits for me and Umi. It’s not easy finding dress patterns which suit both an adult and a toddler, but I’ve found a great Japanese sewing pattern book which is dedicated to matching outfits.
I tried out several maternity sewing patterns when I was pregnant with Umi. Some just looked good but were really uncomfortable, but there’s a handful I have continued to wear beyond pregnancy. Well guess what? I’m pregnant with number 2! So I’m on the hunt for more maternity sewing patterns which are suitable to wear well into the future.
In this list, I’ve included the patterns I tried and loved, as well as new ones I am keen to try.
I found this tunic to be the perfect length for both during and after pregnancy. As you can see in the photo, it covered my belly perfectly and once Umi was born, I was able to wear the tunic with leggings.
Wow, this tunic looks so much longer without the huge belly!
These days, I seem to wear tunic tops over and over. I really like the unique neckline of the Goddess Dress by Pat Bravo. It looks great in the pink summer print, but I think a black version would be so chic for dinner dates.
I’m pregnant again during summer, and gauze has proven itself as a hot weather champion. It breathes well to keep your belly cool and drapes nicely over your bump without adding any bulk. Love it! I’ve worn this tunic a lot during Umi’s first year as it has breast feeding access as well. I think I need to make the longer dress version.
This dress is such a nice way to show off pretty fabric. If you have a sarong or even a tablecloth with a busy pattern on it, why not make this dress?
When I designed Koi for Hana Patterns, my focus was a draped top with interesting structure that’s universally flattering on all body types. I wasn’t thinking bout maternity at all, but here I am, 4.5 months pregnant and wearing Koi ALL THE TIME. The drape is just right for a growing belly and it has enough length to cover it.
My favourite way to wear Koi is with elastic waist shorts, just like the model. I only own one pair of expanding-belly-friendly shorts, so I’ve been on the hunt for a suitable sewing pattern. With the right fabric choice, Tommy Boxer by Sis Boom could make a lovely pair of casual shorts. I am thinking linen or chambray…
I’ve seen quite a few off-the-shoulder pieces by maternity clothing brands lately. Perhaps they would be easy to nurse in as well? Would love to hear from mamas out there who’ve tried off-shoulder styles.
None of these “maternity” sewing patterns were originally designed for pregnancy, which means you can continue to wear them well beyond the 9 months.
What are your favourite maternity sewing patterns?
Last month, I briefly mentioned I’ve been working on my own range of sewing patterns. Hana Patterns is for home seamstresses who love effortless, minimalist style fashion. I’m very excited to announce that we are launching Hana Patterns this week!
I want to share with you a bit of background on my journey to creating my first online business. You guys who have been supporting me throughout my blogging career are a huge part of this story, so I really hope this blog post explains the important role you have played.
I recently took part in my very first craft fair. My mum makes amazing bags and accessories from vintage kimonos (her shop Umi Umi has a new Facebook page), so we thought it would be fun to do a market stall together at a local Christmas craft fair. As a market stall novice, I can tell you that yes, it’s most certainly fun to do a craft market, but it’s also absolutely exhausting. To ensure you get the best sales and impact for your hard work, here’s 7 mistakes to avoid at your first (or next) craft fair: