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Help Allegra build up her life!

your help is needed

I don’t usually do this, but I firmly believe in giving back and helping each other out, so when single Mom Allegra sent me an email today describing the struggle she’s been through and asking for a little help with her funding campaign, I knew I had to do what I could.

If using my little corner of the internet might help her closer to building a new and better life for her and her daughter, it’s the least I can do.

Please read her story HERE and help with as little or as much as you can.

Every little girl deserves a place to call home, and this single Mom deserves a little lift from us. It’s not every day that you get to help 2 people change their life, so take the opportunity today.

Here’s the link again!

xo. Hanna

DIY Maternity Tank Top (from any tank top pattern)

How to draft a maternity tank top form any tank top pattern

Hey lovelies! Didn’t think you’d see me again so soon, did you? Haha! In all seriousness, though, this is a post I planned on posting in December (!), but alas, here we are, at the end of April, and I’m slowly getting back into the game of posting here.

I made a grand total of 2 maternity sewing projects for myself. I know, it’s shocking even for me. When I once imagined being pregnant, I had these visions of having a handmade pregnancy wardrobe and what not. But, when the time came, I had a hard time investing time and fabric into something I would only get to wear for a couple of months. So, I resorted to mostly clothes I already had, could borrow from friends or thrifted.

diy maternity tank top

Pretty early on in the pregnancy I realised how important it was to have a set of comfy tank tops. They’re perfect for loungewear and layering, so I knew I had to make a couple maternity-friendly tanks.

The process of turning a regular stretchy tank top pattern into a maternity one that I share in this post is something you can replicate with any tank top pattern you might have. And if you don’t have any, here are a few options: Zoe has a free camisole pattern, or you could try this or this pattern. I used one from an old Burda magazine that I’ve used countless times before.

You can also adjust this process to any other knit top pattern whether it’s a snug t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt.

Step 1

maternity tank top step 1

First, lay your front pattern piece on a new sheet of paper. I used this parchment paper that I got from a lovely reader (thank you, Geli!).

Step 2

maternity tank top step 3

Basically, what we’re going to do is add 5cm to the height of the pattern piece.

To do that, make 2 marks on the original pattern piece every 10cm from the armpit down. Then, trace the upper part of the pattern piece onto the parchment paper up to the first 10cm mark.

After that, remove the original pattern piece and measure about 15cm down from the 10cm mark (I measure 18cm down, but that was a bit too much) on the parchment (new) pattern and make a mark there.

Then, place the original pattern piece onto the parchment again, so that the 2nd mark on the original pattern piece aligns with the 15cm mark on the parchment. Makes sense? And trace the lower part of the original pattern piece.

Step 3

maternity tank top step 4

I used my french curve ruler to curve the hem of the new pattern piece slightly more than the original hem. All for better belly coverage.

Step 4

finished maternity tank top pattern

Finally, connect the 2 marks on the new pattern piece. Now you have a new front pattern piece.

All you need to do in the sewing process, is to gather the middle part of the new pattern piece that is now 15cm wide into 10cm (like it was) before you sew together the side seams.

I hope this makes sense to you. I really need to write these tutorials right after making the item, so I can better remember the whole process.

DIY maternity tank top pattern_side view

The one thing I’d do differently would be to go a size up with the pattern. I used a size 34 as my base, but I should have gone with 36. Fortunately, both fabrics I used (I made one in black as well) had a good amount of stretch in it, so they both still fit me now that I’m 36 weeks along.

DIY maternity tank top pattern

This is definitely one of the maternity sewing projects that is worth investing your time in. I’ve worn these almost every day for the past 4 months, and I’ve missed them a lot when they were both in the wash.

What did you sew during pregnancy and do you think it was worth it in hindsight?

xo. Hanna

Maternity Photo Shoot on a Budget

maternity photoshoot 4

Hey there! It’s been a while. I feel like I’ve been in creative hibernation since the beginning of my pregnancy. I have so many thoughts about this, but I’ll leave them for another post. Today, I just want to share our maternity photo shoot with you.

In true Pearls & Scissors style, we decided to DIY our shoot, meaning we took these photos ourselves, with the help of a tripod and remote control. We we’re thinking of hiring a professional at first, but then thought we’d rather invest that money once the baby was here to do  family shoot and keep the costs low for this one.

maternity photoshoot 3
maternity photoshoot 2

After all, our main goal was to capture some of the magic of this season in our lives. And I think we managed to do that pretty well on our own. I know this type of solution is not for everyone, but it was enough for us, and we still got some really great shots that I truly cherish.

Actually, this is the second maternity shoot we had on this bridge. You can see the first one here that we did before Christmas as our holiday family photo and pregnancy announcement. But, we did have helping hands to take the photos back then.

maternity photoshoot 5

maternity photoshoot 6

The above shot is one of my very favourite, because it captures our love for our baby girl so well. She is so loved and awaited. Her Daddy and I are literally counting the days until we get to meet her.

maternity photoshoot 7

maternity shoot 2
maternity shoot 3

These were taken when I was 31 weeks pregnant. Now, it’s just 5 more weeks before the due date. Time is a funny thing right now. On the one hand, I feel it’s flying past, but on the other, I feel like the countdown never ends.

I’ll give a more in depth bump update in the near future, in case you’re curious.

maternity shoot
maternity photoshoot 1

Here’s to a new and exciting chapter in our lives. And hopefully, I’ll find more time to write in this space in the coming weeks. I still have a few tutorials to share. And soooooo many thoughts. I’ve missed this space.

I’ll talk to you soon!

xo. Hanna

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