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Your DIYM: Flickr faves from October

November 1st, 2011

Welcome to our October installment of Your DIYM!


The DIY Maternity Fall/Winter sewing list!

October 25th, 2011

I’m so excited to share this with all of you! Since everyone enjoyed my Maternity Survival Guide so much – I thought it might be fun to make a sewing list for each season, to help you put together a small maternity wardrobe that will work with pieces you already have, or even on its own.

It’s taken me a little while to get it all together – but I really hope you enjoy it! I’ve put together diagrams and a list of 13 pieces of maternity wear that you can make yourself, and that I feel mix and match nicely, and would work well for the Fall & Winter seasons. The items vary in difficulty, but i feel they would all be manageable for a beginner sewer. I’ve also put together some ideas of how you might wear them together – 4 weeks of outfit ideas from only 13 pieces of maternity wear! I’m kind of thrilled with the result.

Anyway, without further ado – here is the DIY Maternity Fall/Winter 2011 sewing list!


Your DIYM: Flickr faves from September

October 20th, 2011

Welcome to the september installment of Your DIYM!


Button up Babydoll Maternity top

October 18th, 2011

A little while ago I found this pretty pale pink mens shirt in the thrift store – I loved the colour so much, and wanted to make something really pretty with it. I’m a huge fan of babydoll dresses and tops as maternity wear, so I thought why not try something similar with a button up? And so the Button up Babydoll top was born!

I love how it turned out and I think it’s sooooo cute! Definitely a maternity staple – so let’s make one!


Meet our October sponsors!

October 14th, 2011

I’m so happy to introduce you to our lovely sponsors for the month of October!!

PGM Dress Forms are the leader in manufacturing dress forms in the field of apparel industry (as seen on Project Runway). They are professionally designed as three-dimensional natural body shaped dressmaker forms and each Dress Form is individually molded by hand to specific dimensions and contours. With a PGM dress form, you are truly getting the very best.

PGM Dress forms are currently offering DIY Maternity readers free shipping – simply use the code PGMFREESHIP at checkout!

Singer Direct is one of Singer sewing machines main online distributers. They offer incredibly generous 30 day trials on sewing machines, and free shipping within the UK.

Baby Crib Station is a specialty online store that features baby cribs and nursery furniture. Here, you will find informative buying guides as well as products from the top baby brands. If you need inspirations for your nursery, babycribstation.com is the place to be

The DIY Mommy is a website dedicated to providing mommies free resources on how to make things for their babies. We offer free how-to’s, recipes and patterns for baby sewing projects, knit & crochet projects, skincare recipes, food recipes, and more! We also offer inspirational stories of d.i.y. mommies from around the world. You’ll also find amarketplace on our site with links to shops from DIY mommy’s around the world!

luvinthemommyhood is a fun, friendly neighbourhood where crafty, creative moms can come to connect, enjoy a cup of coffee & some girl chat and share in all the fabulous, scary, hilarious & inspiring things that come along with living life in the mommyhood.

The Bumpwear Project is here to let you know that just because you have a bump, you don’t have to start wearing bows and lace trim. No really. You don’t. Honest.

If you’d like to purchase an ad on DIY Maternity, you can get more information here! We’d love to have you!

Easy Pattern Grading – the “quick and dirty” method

October 13th, 2011
By special request, here’s a very quick little tutorial on how to grade a pattern to your size!

whats up

October 7th, 2011

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