I am Cassiopee pt2

That Zara dress. If you know you know. The one everyone has been wearing, the one that sparked an Instagram account of people wearing. I almost bought it but a) it was £40 and b) I’m not a fan of maxi length and long sleeves. I went on a hunt for fabric and found some ex Zara stock(!) at Sew Sew Sew. I don’t think it’s exactly the same but it’s pretty close.

My friend Lisa had booked us both afternoon tea for my birthday present and we were both wearing handmade dresses!

I made the Fringe dress for her birthday and of course I needed a new dress for afternoon tea that I made another Cassiopee with 10 mins spare before leaving the house.

I added ruffles down the front for added interest and it’s also bump friendly (always an added bonus at 30 weeks pregnant!)

Capsule wardrobe

My last capsule wardrobe worked so well that I’ve been planning my next (post partum obviously). It basically revolves around a rust coloured pair of Persephone pants which I think will be a great wardrobe addition. I’m not one for trends but the more I see of them on my feed the more I’m desperate to make them! I’ve also got a couple of black shirts which don’t go with much so I figure they’re going to be a good plug in my wardrobe. Even better I have all the fabric and patterns in my stash already except for the Persephones so it should be fairly easy to pull together especially as most of the patterns are easy to make.

•White linen fringe shirt

•Grey Nikko top

•Rib knit striped Nikko top

•Black and white roscoe blouse

•Ogden cami with lace front

*Rust coloured Persephone pants – rust ventana twill

•Black boxy top

Black linen Hinterland dress

I already made the Hinterland and haven’t really worn it hence it being unblogged. It is more of an autumn/winter dress though so perhaps it will get more wear later on in the year. Last year was the year of the button up dress for me and I needed a maternity version to wear this year! I decided on a black V neck version and thought about either the Shelby or the Hinterland. I chose the latter mainly because I wasn’t sure the Shelby would fit in the 3rd trimester.

It was a bit of a disaster to start with, I cut out 2 lots of pockets (I added big patch pockets to the front but also cut out inseam pockets?!), forgot to cut the V neck and couldn’t find the back bodice piece so was planning on using the sleeveless version but forgot to add the extra seam allowance. Argh! Oh and then the linen was so thick at the button bands which my overlocker struggled with and I broke a needle for the first time ever. Can you believe I’ve never even changed my needles after 4 years??

Luckily it sewed up fairly quickly and I’m pretty happy with the end result. The fabric was from Raystitch and feels good quality albeit a little stiff. The buttons were from my stash and I love them 😍

We went to Filey (a seaside resort on the east coast) and managed to fly a kite, build a sandcastle and paddle in the sea before the tide very quickly came in!

And daddy managed to win a unicorn on a grabby machine which is practically unheard of!

Sewing patterns for pregnancy

I appreciate this post won’t be interesting to most people however when I first fell pregnant I immediately started to think of all the things I could sew. Here a few non-maternity maternity patterns that I’ve found to be invaluable in my ever shrinking wardrobe:

1. Sew Liberated Hinterland dress

2. Named Kielo wrap dress

3. Chalk and Notch Fringe dress

4. Tessuti Alice top

5. Chalk and Notch Orchid midi dress

6. Deer and Doe Myosotis dress

7. Named alexandria pants

8. Colette Moneta dress

9. Sewoverit Penny dress

10. I Am patterns Cassiopee dress

Just a note this is not a sponsored post in any way!

Post-partum sewing plans

Like every pregnant woman ever I’m dreaming of being able to fit into my high waisted pants again and my sewing list is ever growing. I actually have two lists – one for right now which I can sew and wear whilst pregnant and another for afterwards.

1. Megan Nielsen light denim Dawn jeans

These were actually on my list when I found out I was pregnant. I’d just bought the pattern and denim from the Village Haberdashery so it’s all there ready to go!

2. True Bias Nikko top

I could probably get away with making these now but hopefully we’ll get some warm weather soon so I’ll wait until autumn

3. Zadie jumpsuit

The ubiquitous jumpsuit that seems like everyone on Instagram has made. I’m not fully convinced it’s my style but the more I see the more I want to try it!

4. Persephone pants

– another Instagram favourite and again probably not my style but I really want to try them. I’ve got this outfit of rust coloured pants and a black blouse in my head.

5. Sirocco jumpsuit

I would’ve bought, made and worn this over and over if I wasn’t pregnant!

Loungewear

So if you’ve been reading my last few posts you’ll know I’m pregnant and due in October. When I thought about what I’d want to be wearing whilst pregnant/postpartum I immediately thought of sweatpants and a slouchy jumper.

I don’t have any memade loungewear – not even a pair of pyjamas! But I’ve got to the point in my handmade wardrobe even when pregnant that I don’t feel the need to constantly make new clothes. These are actually inspired by a pair Gary bought recently. Apologies for the rubbish photos but it’s really hard to take pictures of black pants!

The Named Alexandria pants are probably one of my most made garments – this is my 5th pair! I know they work well with pregnancy as I had a pair when pregnant with Emily. The only adjustment I made was to increase the rise as I tend to have to pull my other pairs up all the time.

I used the same jersey I used for my recent Linden LOVE sweater which is from Fabworks. I only bought 2m but I’ve still got enough leftover to make another Linden!

I used leftover eyelets from my Kelly Anorak as my machine couldn’t cope with buttonholes in the jersey and the cord I bought from eBay (home of every sewing/craft supply you could ever need!).

I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve worn them everyday since I made them. Despite garment sewing for 5 years I’ve never made any kind of pyjamas or loungewear but my god it’s so satisfying to make and wear because of the amount they get worn!

Speaking of Lindens I bought some grey jersey from NewCraftHouse for the sweatpants but it’s really thick and has a loop back so I thought they’d maybe be too thick for the Alexandrias. I decided to make another Linden instead.

I left off the neckband and cuffs and left the fabric to fray. I’m debating cutting into the neckline a little more for it to be truly off the shoulder and cutting the arms down to be 3/4 length but otherwise I love it! Although not as much as those pants because they get some serious wear.

Making the best of a bad (sewing) situation

All of sudden 3 days before Christmas I needed a new outfit to wear. The fabric I’d bought in the Black Friday sale from blackbird fabrics arrived and I thought about making the corduroy Fiona dress I’d been obsessed with but as it’s fairly fitted I figured it wasn’t the best for the dinner situation. After checking my sewing to do list (in the notes on my phone) I decided on the myosotis dress, but to make it more winter friendly I decided it needed longer sleeves and added the roscoe sleeves from the True Bias blouse.

I did this by folding over the top of the roscoe sleeve and placing the myosotis sleeve head over the top. It worked perfectly!

I used fabric I bought from John Lewis at Sew up North, it’s a lovely flowy viscose and “very me”.

Unfortunately because I’d already make the myosotis dress I didn’t read the pattern pieces properly and only cut out one of the front skirts. I didn’t realise until I was nearly done with the bodice and about to attach the skirt. I checked and the skirt just about fit the bodice with no gathering so I figured I would just cut the skirt in half and attach it to the bodice. Which I did. And it wouldn’t go over my hips! Meanwhile it’s Christmas Eve and I reeeeally want to wear something new.

The old me would’ve thrown it in the corner of my sewing room, flounced off and been in a mood for the rest of the evening. After some thought and checking my pattern pieces (I had absolutely no fabric left over, it was literally scraps) I used the second part of the skirt – the bottom ruffle which is a bit wider than the main skirt, and gathered that to the bodice.

It worked really well, I now have a new top instead of a dress but the top will probably get worn a lot more and will work for school and the weekend. A happy accident!