whats up

I mentioned this on my other blog, but I just realised I’ve never updated you all and whats going on with my sewing patterns. Eeeep sorry!!

Anyway, as you probably know – as well as running DIYM I also have a line of maternity and nursing sewing patterns. Up until now they’ve been in PDF form, as I lacked the resources to get them more professionally manufactured. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of PDF patterns – they’re a pain to create, and a pain for the customer to use. But regardless, they have been a huge success. Actually I’ve been blown away by how popular they are. So I’ve been wanting to change the way I do things. To move to more professional packaging, proper full size patterns, and no more PDF’s.

The trouble is, commerical patterns actually bother me too. There are just so many irritating things; the weird sizing, the tissue paper that rips for any and every reason, the strange layout of the instructions, the evil tiny envelope that no matter how hard you try you can never fit the pattern back into… So I’ve decided to make my patterns a little different. I’ll be using larger envelopes that are sturdy and have lots of room, patterns will be on translucent but sturdy paper, so they can be used over and over without tearing – and instructions will be clearly laid out in booklets. It’s been a lot of work. But I’m really excited.

And so for a while I’ve been working on re-grading all my maternity patterns and extending the sizing to be XS to XL for all patterns, and basically reworking how I do everything.

Right now the new patterns are available for pre-order, and should be ready to ship on (or before, fingers crossed!) Octboer 24th. I’m soooo excited! Oh yeah, and tired. really tired hehe

So basically, that’s whats up with me! hehe


Ribbon tied maternity top

Hi lovely ladies!!

I’ve been getting some requests for some super easy beginner level maternity creations – and I think this one fits the bill perfectly! I really love how it turned out. It takes a rather boring tshirt and makes it into something really flattering and super cute. I just love projects where a small amount of effort makes a huge difference!

Okay, lets make one!

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How to make a nursing cover

I love nursing, but find it very hard to nurse in public or around anyone other than my husband unless I am completely, and I mean completely covered up. But of course, as is characteristic for me, I really hate the standard nursing covers you can buy. For one thing they’re boring, and for another they just too darn small, and to add insult to injury they sell for a ridiculous price considering most are just a rectangle of hemmed fabric.

So I made my own! I’ve gotten so many compliments on it that I figure it’s time to share how I made it!

Now as much I would like to claim that the design of this nursing cover is 100% mine, it honestly isn’t. It’s really an amalgamation of lots of other nursing covers I’ve seen, but changed significantly to fit my preferences.

I made mine from a thrifted sheet, a piece of flexible plastic (like corset boning), and a piece off elastic… so in total I estimate it cost me under $5. Awesome right?

So lets make one!

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