Deer and Doe Givre Maternity Dress

Deer and Doe Givre Maternity Dress

Thanks for all the love on Instagram and in my last post! More maternity sewing for today. This is the only specifically maternity piece I’ve made so far.

Deer and Doe Givre Maternity Dress

It’s the Deer and Doe Givre Maternity Dress (view B). This is the maternity version of their regular pattern.

I figured a simple bump-hugging, knit, tank dress would be a good basic to get me through a few months.

Givre line drawing

The fabric is a nice, thick scuba knit from La Mercerie. I liked the big, bold floral print. My only complaint (and this might not be something I’d notice if I wasn’t pregnant) is that the fabric is already starting to pill on my bump. Maybe I’ve been bumping into things and scraping that area of the dress? But I haven’t worn this dress more than a couple of times. Seems early to be getting damaged.

Deer and Doe Givre Maternity Dress

I twin-needled all the visible seems for a nice, clean finish.

The only change I made – I lowered the armholes by about 5/8″. Next time I might go ahead and lower them a full inch. Deer and Doe is a French pattern company. Maybe French ladies have really petite arm sockets? I don’t know.

Deer and Doe Givre Maternity Dress

Next time around I’ll definitely need to sew a sway back adjustment. See what looks like a horizontal seamline across my back waist? Yeah, that’s not a seam. It’s a deep fold in the fabric where there’s too much excess.

Deer and Doe Givre Maternity Dress

Other than that, I like the pattern. It’s simple, easy and quick to sew. And this fabric was a dream to work with!

Deer and Doe Givre Maternity Dress

The pattern comes in two “bump” sizes – 3-6 months and 6-9 month. I made the 3-6 months. I’m in my 6th month but there’s still enough room to grow in this dress.

Deer and Doe Givre Maternity Dress

For a dress that is specifically “maternity,” I’m glad it can be worn so many ways. I can pair this dress with jackets and sweaters, or wear a t-shirt or button-down tied in a knot on top of it. So far I’ve been able to get by wearing mostly clothes that were already in my closet. And with the weather warmer, I’m hoping I can coast through the next three months wearing only dresses or the occasional leggings.

Victory Patterns Anouk dress 2.0

Victory Patterns Anouk

Long time no post. Been a little busy with other projects lately.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: “Wow, your hair is getting really long!”

Wait, that’s not what you were thinking? Oh, you mean that other thing?

Victory Patterns Anouk

Right. Yeah, so turns out I’m pregnant. Or expecting. Or pretnet, or praganat, or pregananant or however you want to call it (seriously, watch that vid). I’d say “knocked up” if only it were that easy. This fetus was made with love and science.

I’m due in July so I need a few wearable pieces in my wardrobe that can get me through the next few months.

Victory Patterns Anouk

This is the Anouk dress by Victory Patterns which is a pattern I made once a long time ago. But then that dress was too big for me so I gave it away. If only I had kept it for another 5 years I totally could’ve worn it now!

Instead, I just have a new excuse to make it again. This isn’t a maternity pattern but the shape is very tent-like with ties at the waist (difficult to see in these photos) making the fit adjustable and good for a growing belly. I made the dress version with the sleeves from the shirt version.

Victory Patterns Anouk

 

Both fabrics are viscose/linen blends from La Mercerie. I love when a site carries multiple colors of the same fabric. Makes it easy to color block without worrying the weights of the fabric won’t match.

I love the color combo of pink and navy and this shade of blush pink (rose gold? millennial pink?) is super popular right now. My skin is naturally pink-toned so I don’t think this is the most flattering color on me but hey, I love it and I’m pregnant so I’m going to wear whatever the heck I please!

Victory Patterns Anouk

The one problem with the design of this dress is the keyhole. It’s also the coolest detail on the dress. Problem is, since the entire weight of the dress is supported by the yoke, all that tent-shaped fabric drags the dress down and that keyhole creates a weak point. Even with added interfacing in the yoke and front sections, and extra snaps on the overlap flap, the keyhole seems to pull open over time. I had the same problem with the first dress I made and in this version, I can only wear it with one specific bra or else the bra edges show in the little opening. The only alternative I see is to sew the yoke in a strong, tightly woven medium-to-heavy weight fabric and use a lightweight fabric for the dress section. Or omit the keyhole all together.

Victory Patterns Anouk

The textured buttons came from my stash. I like the shiny gold mixed with the pink.

Victory Patterns Anouk
I’m planning to wear this dress to an outdoor wedding this weekend. It’s a great little dress for spring and good for maternity and post-maternity-wear!

Victory Patterns Anouk

Lyocell Grainline Adler Dress

Lyocell Alder Dress

Lyocell Grainline Alder Dress

Although I’ve taught the Grainline Alder Dress in a class setting a few times, this is only the second version I’ve sewn for myself! Which is surprising because I absolutely love this pattern.

Alder Line Drawing

This dress ticks off one of my summer sewing goals (I’ve finished another top, just need to take pics, so that makes 4 completed).

Summer 2018 Wardrobe Mood Board

I bought this slinky lyocell (which is a type of rayon) from Joann fabrics. I’ve been impressed with some of their fabrics lately. Every once in a while you find a gem like this. Unfortunately, everyone else loved it too and they didn’t have enough on one bolt to make this dress. Luckily, they had about a yard left on another bolt – but the color was slightly darker.

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You can barely tell, but I used the darker fabric on the collar, button plackets, and pockets. For the pockets, I turned the top part to the outside, exposing the lighter wrong side of the fabric as a contrast.

At first, I wanted to sew the straight, non-gathered version of the dress but when I realized how slippery this lyocell would be, I determined it would be too difficult to keep the grain straight on such long pattern pieces.

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I knew better than to try to cut and sew lyocell without some kind of stabilizer (like spray starch) but I was feeling daring. I paid the price by having to re-sew the collar pieces because they were off kilter.

The only other problem I had with this dress was a mishap involving the serger. But I easily fixed that by trimming the front body pieces and extending the gathered section toward the center front by about half an inch. Dress saved!

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The buttons came from a friend (thanks Roseanna!). I asked for advice on Instagram to choose between three types of fasteners. I think the snaps won but when I tested one on a scrap, the pressure of the snap points caused the threads in the fabric to pull, making nasty runs. I went with clear buttons instead and I think they’re a good size and work well with the blue fabric.

I topstitched as many of the seams as possible.

This fabric is very drapey and soft but it also slides around on my shoulders and it wrinkles easily. And it tends to pull against the more structured, interfaced button band. So while this fabric is quite nice, it may not have been the best choice for this pattern. But that doesn’t really matter because I love this dress and I’m going to keep wearing it all summer!

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Grainline Linden Sweatshirt Version 2

Grainline Linden

Grainline Linden Sweatshirt

It’s already getting too hot to wear long sleeves in Austin but I loved this chunky, coral, rib knit fabric from Joann so much that I decided to try sewing a “summer sweater.” That’s not a real term but I’m claiming it now.

Grainline Linden Sweatshirt

This is my second version of Grainline Linden Sweatshirt pattern.

This time I went with View B – slightly cropped without the hem band, shorter sleeves and no cuffs. The boxy shape of this design makes it less restricting in the heat and the shorter length works well for mid-rise shorts.

Grainline Linden Sweatshirt

I didn’t look closely at the bolt when I bought this fabric but it clearly has some poly in it. My favorite part is the color, though, gotta love that coral pink!

Grainline Linden Sweatshirt

I’ve actually taught the Linden several times as a class at The Cloth Pocket so I know the pattern well, even though I’ve only sewn it twice. The entire thing is stitched with a serger and a zig-zag for the hems.

Grainline Linden Sweatshirt

This shirt is already in heavy rotation in my wardrobe. I think we have a winner!

Grainline Linden Sweatshirt