Category Archives: Maternity and Nursing

Heavenly Nursing Dress

Heavenly Nursing Dress (3)Boob*, eat your heart out! I made myself one more nursing garment, this time a dress. I made use of what I learned during the making of the Cassette Nursing Top and therefore this version has some minor differences from the top.  Heavenly Nursing Dress (5)To get a definition of the dress I put an elastic in the hem of the shorter front. The shorter front on the dress also comes higher than on the t-shirt, I wanted to shorten it compared to the top, but it became even shorter as I missed to catch the hem in my twin seam. It came out perfect, I think. The elastic is also shorter in the dress version than the t-shirt version.Heavenly Nursing Dress (4)

I made the dress sleeveless, so I attached the two bodices both along the neckline and the armhole. For the back neckline and armhole I stabilised it with interfacing bias tape and hemmed it with the twin needle (I’m so glad I took the machine to the shop and finally figured out how to sew knits).Heavenly Nursing Dress

The fabric I used is a light blue, ecological fine rib knit. Since I hadn’t tried out the tutorial before buying the fabric I chose as cheap as I could get, without cutting back too much on quality. The fabric is very soft and drape-y, more so than the cassette fabric (which probably wouldn’t have worked so well as a dress). Plus, it’s the colour of my hometown’s football/soccer team, usually called heavenly blue, hence the name of the dress.

Just like the t-shirt I used my TNT knit top/dress pattern Burdastyle 01-2009-106 (both a top and a dress pattern, just elongation and shaping). I do however need to find new top patterns.

Project Summary:
Pattern: Burdastyle 01-2009-106, dress version.
Alterations: Altered into a nursing top using Christina’s tutorial. Removed sleeves altogether.
Difficulty: Easy

Fabric: Ecological light blue fine rib knit.
Notions: Self-made interfacing bias tape, thread, elastic.

Estimated price: Fabric 100 SEK (€), notions 10 SEK (€). Total 110 SEK (€)

Project Rating: I really like this dress and hope it will fit me well come nursing time. Right now it’s, obviously, a bit clingy, but the fabric has a nice drape and I think it will be a summer favourite for me. I love the softness of the fabric, I will remember to look for more fine rib knits as my store’s selection usually are a bit heavier.

*Boob is a Swedish brand, focusing on maternity and nursing wear in organic materials, with prices for dresses ranging from 500 SEK to 100 SEK (€58-116) . My fabric is also ecological and with a material cost of approx 110 SEK, way below their prices. I didn’t spend many hours on this, but I don’t know how to price my time.


Getting some sleep…

For the first month of her life baby E had terrible nights. She was awake for up to two hours and would only go to sleep on either of her parents. We were getting desparate and I turned to the web for ideas, any ideas on how to get her to sleep by herself, even if it still was in our bed. One of the ideas I came across was a babynest.

So, what is a babynest you might ask. In short it’s a padded matress for small babies, made to be snug since that’s how babies like it (it’s not that they have a lot of room in the womb). Another thing one can know about the babynest is that the “official brand” retails them at an incredibly high price, 849 SEK (€100). However, if one can sew…


A babynest seems to be a Swedish thing since I could find many tutorials here, but not many in English. Perhaps my googling skills are dwindling. Anyway, it’s a padded matress with extra padding around, which is drawn in using a drawstring. It creates the baby’s one space, snuggly but the baby still has room to move.

This was quite a quick make, to be fair I didn’t worry too much about seam finishes and polishing. I don’t remember how much the fabric cost (which I needed one metre of), but the stuff I bought was about 100 SEK (€11.71) and I think the fabric could have around80-100 SEK (€9.37 – 11.71). Either way, my babynest is less than 1/4 of the retail price.

Babynest (2) The real verdict, however, lies not in price or quailty but if baby E likes it. The first night I was able to put her down in her new nest after nursing and she fell asleep herself. The second night was not as good, but after a few nights she’s getting used to it and does fall asleep on her own, in her nest, for most part. Success! Although I don’t know if she would have done that either way, but from what I’ve gathered about her, she probably wouldn’t. We’re all getting better sleep now and soon perhaps we can move her, and the babynest, out of our bed and into her bassinette. I can slowly feel my energy returning…

(Yes, I am aware of the fact that sleepless night will be part of our lives for some time to come. But those nights when you can sleep, that’s what you want).

Cassette Nursing Top

I’ve been envious of all the sewists out there who can “whip up a quick knit top in an evening”. Since my machine and its pilot didn’t quite match before I’ve always had troubles with knit. A visit to the doctor’s for the machine, including some learning by the pilot, solved that issue and now I can just keep the knit tops coming (to bad jersey is pricier than wovens).

I got this idea from Assorted Notions (I really miss her blogging!) and used her tutorial to transform a regular knit top pattern into a nursing top. I couldn’t be happier with the results! The basic pattern I used was my TNT pattern Burdastyle 01-2009-106 (which I’ve made up 4 times before this top) and then followed Christina’s instructions, with some modifications.

The tutorial opens up for a lot of personal variation and I pretty much just followed the instructions on how to cut the two bodice pieces and sew them together. I topstitched around the neckline (perhaps not a wise choice in retrospect) and added an elastic to the short bodice hem, after a RTW nursing top I own. The loose-fitted look of Christina’s top is not going to work for me. At first I planned to make the top sleeveless, but it was too floppy in the shoulder area, so I added short sleeves in the end.

The nursing feature is made up by the two bodices. The bottom bodice will get  holes in it to provide easy access and the front bodice is there to cover up the holes as well as the stomach while nursing (I will cut the holes after the baby is born so I know where to put them, for now it’s just two layered bodices). I will never stop nursing in public, but I will do my best to be discrete, however the needs of my baby always precede the wish of others not to see nursing in public.

Project summary:

Pattern: Burdastyle 01-2009-106 – altered
Alterations: Altered to be a nursing top using this tutorial from Assorted Notions. Used a regular sleeve.
Difficulty: Once I’ve overcome my knit difficulties, this is an easy top.

Fabric: Printed cotton jersey. Also used for the kiddo’s 2nd birthday shirt.
Notions: Elastic, thread

Estimated price: Fabric 80 SEK (€9.29), thread 1 SEK (€0.12). Total 81 SEK (€9.41)

Project Rating: I’m very happy with this shirt and I hope it’ll get a lot of wear in the summertime and that it will fulfill its purpose. I’m happy to have overcome my fear of knits, this being my third knit project in a row (see Sneak Peek). However now I want to take a knit break and work with wovens for a while.

It’s not fun to present  a project on the floor like this, once I wear this top “for real” I will try and take a photo to add to the blog.

The Megan Skirt

My first sewing project for the fall was a simple and quick project, in fact it took me about an hour to whip up.

The skirt is a gathered skirt in a navy twill, found in the scrap bin, and with a wide elastic in the waist. So, after attaching the waistband there’s just one seam to sew and then the hem. That’s it.

By stretching the elastic as I sewed, the skirt got perfect gathers. I’m willing to bet that this skirt will get a lot of wear in the upcoming fall and winter season.

Project Summary: Pattern: Tutorial from here (if the name of the skirt hasn’t led you on, that link will be a hint as to what I will be working on this fall) Difficulty: Simple. One seam, one hem and attaching an elastic. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Alterations: Mine is longer. Fabric: Navy twill from Stoff och Stil Notions: Wide elastic, thread Price: Fabric 42 SEK (€4.86). Elastic 25 SEK (€2.90),  Thread 1 SEK (€0.12). Total 68 SEK (€7.88).

Project Rating: Last time I was pregnant I lived in two pairs of maternity jeans. This time I want to change things up a bit and this skirt is my first step, and I think some more skirts are in store for me. I can’t wait to try this out when I’m a bit bigger.

(It’s a bit scary since I won’t do my ultrasound scan until late October, until then I can just believe that everything is OK)