Dave made me another thing – this awesome maternity coat! I’m SO happy to finally have a coat I can actually do up!
I’ve decided to do this post in the sew weekly style, even though this is not a sewing blog, just to try it out.
3 metres of lovely splurgy tweedy wool. Well, 2.50 metres because here’s about half a metre left after shortening it. Plus a sheet from the charity shop, or which there is loads left.
Burdastyle maternity jacket 02/2012. Not a very sexy name! I think because it originally from the Burda magazine, rather than made for the website.
Incidentally, I read something a while ago about how awful pdf patterns are. And I get all the arguments, but I can’t hate them. To be fair, I’ve only ever sewn two garments in my life, but they were both pdf patterns. I’m not sure I’d ever have dared to go near any sewing myself if I’d had to buy a ‘proper pattern’. Somehow the downloadableness of pdfs makes them seem less daunting.
Size and alterations:
I measured myself and was once again baffled by the Burdastyle sizing chart. Apparently I have size 42 boobs and 44 hips at the same time as being an extra small elsewhere! Who knew?
We cut it as a 42 top with 44 bottoms, which turned out way too big really, but since it’s mainly a big tent like shape and who knows how much more I’ll grow in the final two months it wasn’t too much of a problem. Rather than recutting it, Dave added an extra pleat around the neck, and that seemed to do it.
It’s also about 30cms shorter than the pattern. I know I’m fairly short, but the model they showed it on must be a giant! On me it almost came to the bottom.
Oh, and this, unlike the pattern, it is lined. The lining is actually the muslin, made on the wrong side of the fabric intentionally.
Time to complete:
About two weeks on and off. There was a lot of doing other things going on. Dave originally estimated a day when added all together, then I looked at him incredulously, so he said a day and a half, then two days.
Music listened to:
BBC 6 music mainly. I’ve been spending a bit more time in the kitchen in the evenings recently, listening to the radio, it’s nice.
Last Friday (30 September), when it only had one button.
I have worn it every day since and will wear it every day until le bebe emerges.
wool fabric – £45 (and that was in the sale)
sheet from charity shop – £5
poppers – not sure, about a fiver? They were new.
thread – stash
total – £55. Quite a lot then, but about the same or cheaper than buying a maternity coat online. The wool fabric is beautiful and I would totally splurge on it again.
You may congratulate Dave on his mad sewing skilllzz, he’ll like that!