A (Maternity) Peplum Blouse and a Little Skirt

Wearing me-made maternity clothes definitely up the win factor every single morning, knowing you have something nice to wear. I would prefer to make something that I can wear in this all-rounded body and post partum as well. I have been wanting to make a peplum blouse and was pretty much inspired by this tutorial from cottonandcurls.

I used a floral piece of Nani Iro from their 2014? collection which I bought in Japan last year. I am loving the metallic sheen woven in the fabric! It is also a double gauze, which is also perfect for the weather in Singapore, especially with the heat flushes that comes along in the third trimester.

 

What did I do differently from the tutorial?
1. I used my bodice block which ends nicely at the waist instead of an existing blouse that I have, and added the peplum waist down.

2. I wrapped the fabric around my waist (fabric is 42 inches wide, which barely covers the pregnant belly) and figured that I would need 2 times the width for the peplum.

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3. Length of peplum was about 30cm

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4. I added about 10cm to the waist for some comfort using this method.
I also used a beige polka dot biase tape to neaten the armhole and neckline. It definitely up the cute factor.

This peplum blouse was a real quick project, completed in 3 nights. I drafted the pattern and cut the fabric on the first, traced and sewed up the pieces on the second, installed the zip and added the bias tape and all on the last. So tempted to make another one! I am definitely enjoying the ease at the waist and the new floral addition to my wardrobe. Floral prints make me happy!

What makes me even happier is that I managed to sew a little skirt for C using the eleastic waist tutorial. I will make a million of these! So quick and simple!


A Starry Starry Night Play Dough Kit

C has been practicing her “star” these days, whether is it doing the action to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or recognizing star shapes everywhere. She goes “star! Star! STAR!!” each time we cross the void deck.  

So we are putting together a play dough kit that fuel her current obsession. 

We have a galaxy dough, blue dough for the blue sky, yellow dough for the stars, and a few other star shaped items like cookie cutters, silicon holders, buttons, sequins and beads. Basically an overdose of stars!  

I also threw in a vintage rolling pin (it WAS mine) into the kit.  

We modified the recipe from my favourite no cook play dough recipe and coloured the galaxy dough using charcoal powder, the same ones used for baking. I omitted glycerine because I couldn’t find it at the local mart and have yet to find time to visit the local baking wholesale shop.

To make one galaxy dough, you will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon charcoal powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup hot boiling water
  • Lots of star glitter/sequins

  1. Place all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add the oil into the boiling water. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix the mixture with a wooden spoon.
  4. The dough may seem too sticky. Refrain from adding more flour and leave it to cool.
  5. Knead in the glitters until the dough is fully cooled, smooth and soft.

 

We also taught her a rhyme in Hakka that is about flattening the dough and rolling it into a ball:
tup tup tup
no no no
(um bao)

We skipped the last line because we didn’t want C to be eating the doughs!

  

C has since picked up a series of new words that she could verbalise or demonstrate, like put here, big, small, yellow, blue, knead, roll etc. I am even more convinced on the power of learning through play! C usually plays with what interests her at the moment. For instance she was attracted to the sequins the first time and then showed interest in the beads during the second play. She has also figured out sorting on her own *proud mama moment!!* C is also particularly neat and tidy and clean, probably taking after her daddy because I am the messy one. I am not complaining because it makes cleaning up a lot easier as she packs up after she plays. Well most of the time.


Refashioned Maternity Pants

Because I refuse to buy maternity wear and I am wearing the same few pieces of bottoms, I decided to try out another maternity wardrobe hack. One of which is a simple tutorial on turning a regular jeans to a maternity one. I don’t have a pair of jeans but I do have a pair of pants that I am willing to cut up. I had planned to try this other tutorial by realised that my pants didn’t have a pocket to cut up haha. I could have modified it a little bit but I’m too lazy to think.

I used a 4″ wide black elastic and opened up 2″ on each side of the side seams (including allowance). Now my pants fits so comfortably!


This pants would probably also come in handy post-partum before I am able to fit into any of my post 1-baby clothes. I’m not even looking at pre-pregnancy sizing!

A 30-Minute Kaftan and a Mini Tutorial

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A kaftan cover up is a necessity at every beach holiday. I found this on Pinterest and I wanted the exact same one for mine! After ransacking my stash I found 2 yards of plain turquoise cotton. Great! Now I just need some pom-pom. Strange thing is that I can’t find dark pink pom-pom trims at the local craft stores but got some crochet lace instead.

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Just as when I was figuring out the math of the tutorial, I decided to ditch the original and make a rectangle one instead. What I did was to:

  1. Fold the fabric in half along the selvage and cut out 20cmX30cm on each side. Sew along the edge.
  2. Fold the half in Step 1 into another half, parallel to the selvage and cut out the neckline. Neaten neckline with biased tape
  3. Attach the crochet lace along the ‘arm hole’ and the neckline.

All done in 30 minutes!

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*not drawn to scale

 

Tutorial: Attaching a Concealed Lining

As much as I prefer to sewing with fabrics that doesn’t required to be lined (read: lazy), some beautiful prints are just too irritable. There are a three different ways to line the main fabric, or at least I have tried these 3 methods. You can tag the main fabric and lining together so you are handing 2 pieces of fabric as 1, like how you would sew without the lining. You can also sew the main fabric and lining as separate pieces, which you will eventually attach together using a bias tape or facing at the arm hole and neck opening. For these 2 methods, seam allowances are exposed. Personally I prefer to attach a concealed lining which gives the garment a more polished look, like so.

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Here’s how to attach a concealed lining:
1. Pin, tag, sew the side seams of the main fabric, right sides facing.

2. Repeat the same for the lining.

3. Align the main fabric and lining right sides facing. Pin, tag, sew the armhole and neck opening.
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4. Trim the allowance to about 1cm.

5. Make little snips about 1cm apart.
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6. Flip over through the open shoulder seams.

7. Press the seams at the arm hole and neck opening, and top stitch.

8. French seam the shoulder seams.

9. Tidy up the hems if you need to.

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The Frilly Sorbetto

IMG_1079This blouse is made as part of my first MDO (mother-daughter outfit), which I brought along for my Made-Me-Holiday. For the adult version, I  used my self-drafted sorbetto and improvised the panel to be added as a ruffle/frill down the center front. It’s such an easy top to wear and sew!

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I made a handful of other dresses and tops with extra space before. What I did was simply to add a couple of inches to the waist and connect the armpit to that point and extend to wherever the hem is. This method workED for me before pregnancy. What I don’t like about it now is that, it is very roomy at the side and not all around. So I needed a new pattern. I infused the flare skirt concept to my front bodice block by cutting up my bodice block down the dart and opened up the pattern, which creates more space on each quarter.

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I am loving the extra space that this pattern gives! Makes a perfect fat-top too!

Tutorial: Elastic Waist Rectangle Skirt

An elastic waist skirt is probably one of the easiest and fastest project that you can take on. It’s easy to wear, fits all sizes, perfect for preggie days (pre and post as well!)  What’s even better is that you don’t need a serger for this. I will be using french seams for this project in replacement of serging. Sew away comrades!

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fabric (100cm by 140cm)*, matching thread, elastic band (waist measurement + 1 inch), sewing supplies.

*This is the dimension of the fabric that I used for this project. I am making use of every inch of the fabric on hand. However it can vary according to the width of your fabric, your measurements and preferences of skirt length.

** I’m using 1cm seam allowance for this project.

 

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1. Fold the fabric and cut into halve along the breadth. This is the front and back pieces of the the skirt. The selvages is the ‘hem’ of the skirt.

 

2. Cut out fabric for the waist band. The elastic band that I’m using is about 2cm wide. So the fabric for the waist band is about by 7cm (including 1.5cm allowance on each side) by 100cm. The rest of the fabric will be used for the skirt itself.

 

IMG_09543. Pin and sew the side seam, wrong side to wrong side.

 

IMG_09584. Trim 0.5cm off the seam.

 

IMG_09595. Flip the fabric over. Press the seam. Pin and sew the side seam, right side to right side.

 

6. Repeat Steps 3-5 for the other side seam.

 

7. Repeat Steps 3-6 for the waist band.

 

IMG_09608. Pin, tag, sew the waist band onto skirt, right sides facing. Also make sure that the side seams for the waist band is all facing one side. I prefer to align them facing right.

 

IMG_09489. Fold over the waist band, tuck in 1cm of seam allowances, leaving about 2-3 inches opening. This is where you will slot in the elastic band.

 

IMG_094910. Attach the elastic band to a safety pin. Use the safety pin to help you loop the elastic band through the waist band casing.

 

IMG_095111. Once the end of the elastic band is looped through, overlap 1inch of the end of elastic band. Sew to secure.

 

IMG_095212. Stitch up the opening. I choose to hand stitch.

 

IMG_096113. Double fold the hem, approximately 2.5cm upwards. Sew to secure.

 

IMG_094714. Voila, there you have a new skirt in an hour’s time!