our newest little love

May 14th, 2014

Hello my lovely friends!!

Well here she is! Our newest little love arrived last Thursday at 9:27am after a very smooth delivery, and weighing in at a hefty 9lb/4.1kg. We are so completely in love with her, and Bunny and Buddy are basically freaking out with excitement all day everyday. It’s been so wonderful to see how they have welcomed their little sister into our family with so much adoration. Our only problem so far has been trying to keep them at bay! hehehe.

Thank you so so much to everyone for all of your incredibly kind messages, prayers and good thoughts. I feel so blessed, and am so grateful that our little girl is finally with us!! And now i shall take a nap.

Love and hugs to all of you!! XOXO

new maternity survival pack

May 6th, 2014

You guys, by popular demand i’m bringing back my Maternity Survival Pack!! For those who aren’t familiar with this pack, it’s much like my Beginner Pack, 4 popular patterns for the price of 3.

After a lot of feedback about how useful the Virginia leggings are during pregnancy, I’ve made a small change to the line up, and added them to the pack!

So now in my Maternity Survival Pack you’ll find:

baby bump diary!

May 3rd, 2014

It’s become a little tradition for us to document my growing baby bump every month. We did it with Bunny, we did it with Buddy, and again this time. I’m really glad we’ve done it – because though we started it for ourselves, just so we would remember and could show family – it’s become something our kids really love looking at. I really want to get my act together and print out a full collage for each kiddo to put in their baby books. It’s amazing to me how much my body has changed each pregnancy and then gone back to normal again – I feel like every part of baby’s journey is such an amazing miracle.

So the last two times i’ve done this diary i just used super stretchy tops – but this time i decided to make my own top using my Ruched maternity top sewing pattern. I’m really glad i did because it worked sooooo much better! The last times it was kinda hard to fit the tops over my full term belly, but this time it was a breeze. I don’t know why i didn’t think of using my own design before – so silly!

The other reason i’m really glad we did it this way is because now when people ask me how this top fits at each stage of pregnancy i have a really good example to point to! I love happy accidents.

The last two times we tried to take photos weekly, and only succeeded with every few weeks – but this time we decided to just do once a month and i think it was a much better idea. Plus it makes for a nicer collage :) My one regret is that we missed month 3, but honestly, i was so horrendously sick that there was no way i could drag myself in front of a camera. I was upset at the time, but now i see that it’s just not a big deal.

Meanwhile, today is actually my due date! HA! I’m being induced on Thursday this coming week if i haven’t gone into labour spontaneously before then – so excited that we’ll be meeting our little girl soon!

So did any of you do baby bump diaries for your pregnancies? Or have a favourite? My favourite is still Miranda’s project baby I just love it so much, it’s perfection :)

the favourite

April 27th, 2014

Megan Nielsen maternity style

I’ve been wanting to blog about this dress for soooo long – this has been my favourite make this pregnancy, and has also been the hardest to get a photo of. Sometimes blogging is a really hilarious hobby, and i can’t even tell you how many times Chris and i have tried to get a photo of this dress and then it’s all fallen through for one reason or another. Like since Christmas day. Which was four months ago. Actually it’s surprising that i don’t hate this dress by now hehehe.

You may recognise the style, its another iteration of two maternity dresses i’ve shared previously (one and two) – but this one i think is the best. Or at least, i love it the most. And at 39 weeks pregnant (YOWZA!) I can confidently say it’s worked the whole pregnancy, and will work beyond. That always makes me really happy!!

As you may recall, i originally started with the Briar crop top as a base. But honestly the bodice pattern has been altered in so many ways since then, that it barely resembles that original pattern. I love it so much that i’m rather tempted to release it as a new maternity dress pattern at some stage – thoughts?

The actual sewing of this dress was pretty funny. I had a very specific vision of how i wanted it to look, and I was determined to do it late one night. And then i reminded myself of why i shouldnt sew late at night in bad light. I used black velour, of which i had in two pieces – and took for granted that the nap was correct, without actually physically checking. The result was this and almost resulted in tears. But thankfully i had just enough fabric to recut one of the bodice pieces, flip and recut one of the skirt pieces (obviously the skirt pattern had to be adjusted at that point to compensate). But phew! I got the dress i wanted, and it’s been constantly in rotation since then. So lesson learnt, when nap is involved, don’t just eyeball it and imagine that your eyes are so awesome you can see the difference – nothing beats the hand!

[Make this look]

Dress: Megan Nielsen Briar gathered dress // Sewing pattern + a gathered skirt
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // Peep toe super high in natural
Necklace: Thrifted

collection scrap quilt //2

April 23rd, 2014

Megan Nielsen Collection scrap quilt //2

You guys, i really like this quilt! So this is another collection scrap quilt – made using the leftovers from my AW2010 collection, the “Perth collection”. I really feel like this quilt gives the same vibe as that collection – I am so in love with the idea of using up my collection scraps in quilts. I love mementos! Can you tell i’m excited!!

I tried really hard to do a better job with this quilt, and i feel like my quilting is improving very slightly with each one i do (Here is the first quilt i ever made for Bunny, the second i made for Buddy and also the collection scrap quilt #1). I decided to hand quilt this one – and *cough* – i’m not sure i’ll ever hand quilt again. You guys it took ages! I actually gave up and didn’t do even half as many lines of hand stitching as i had planned. Ugh so lame! hehehe. Also it’s wrinkly as all hell, and i don’t know why, and i also kind of don’t care. Is that bad?

But regardless of my laziness, this is my favourite quilt so far. I looooove it! I didn’t have enough scraps from the Perth collection to make a queen size quilt, so instead i just made a smaller one to use on the couch. We like blankets in the family room :)

This one really wore me out with how long it took, so i think i’m going to take a bit of a break before tackling the next collection scrap quilt (which will be from this collection). What do you think?!

Megan Nielsen Collection scrap quilt //2

kind of the last minute

April 16th, 2014

I know it probably makes very little sense to make new maternity clothing 5 weeks before your due date – but that’s when i made this crop top.

Whatever, sometimes you just need something new right?! I’ve been pretty good this time round at keeping my maternity wardrobe tight – but still, i couldn’t help myself wanting something fresh at the end.

I used my wrap maternity top pattern to create the crop top, (the cropped variation with elbow length sleeves) – If you’ve got the Simplicity 1468 version of the pattern, it’s view A. If you have the original printed version of the wrapped maternity top, then it’s a really simple alteration to the pattern piece – you can get the updated instructions here.

It was a really quick sew and very satisfying. And on the plus side – i think it’ll be good for nursing too. Yay! I may even add a skirt to it later to make it into a dress – Ooooo or maybe a peplum!

[Make this look]

Top: Megan Nielsen cropped wrap maternity top // Pattern 
Skirt: Thrifted 
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
Socks: Myer
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth