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

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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

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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

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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

The Start Sewing Club is Back! (with an awesome discount)

I have exciting news for you today, sewing buddies! I’m bringing back the Start Sewing Club. Some of you might remember the awesome live sewing courses we had in the spring. Well, all the original courses are now available as separate courses, and an awesome all-inclusive bundle with all the courses packed into one as well.

But, that’s not all the excitement.

I’m offering all the courses at 30% off from today through Monday (12/30/15) with the code “SEWCRAZY”!

This is the only opportunity to get these courses at such a low price. They are packed with useful information, video lessons, and worksheets!

I first created the sewing courses specifically with beginner seamstresses in mind. I’d constantly hear from readers who wanted to start sewing that they were confused by patterns, and overwhelmed by all the techniques. Not to mention the fear of not fitting into what they sewed.

These courses are designed to keep it simple, and give you an enjoyable experience while you sew your first self-stitched garments. There are no patterns to follow and no zippers to attach! No fuzz, ladies, just pure sewing fun!

That being said, there were some intermediate sewers among the firs clubbers and they enjoyed the course just as much as the beginners. There’s something for everyone to learn!

I had a group of amazing students in the spring and saw them finish beautiful garments. I’d love for you to join us!

Did I mention that the courses are self-paced and come with life-time access as well as continuous support from you loving and patient instructor? (that’s moi, by the way)

If you’ve been thinking about (finally) learning how to sew, or you’d like to just learn how to draft your own simple patterns, treat yourself to a course this holidays season. Better yet, get one for yourself and one for a friend, because really, sewing is so much more fun when done together.

Click here to shop courses! (and don’t forget to enter “SEWCRAZY” at checkout!!)

If you’re still on the fence about getting one of the courses, let me know what’s holding you back in the comments! I’d love to help you off the fence (doesn’t matter on which side you land).

Last, but not least, I’d like to thank you all for still sticking around, and for being the most awesome blog readers a gal could wish for. Hugs all around!

xo. Hanna

 

Simple Sewing Project // DIY Sewn Scarf

diy simple sewn scarf idea

Sometimes, the hardest part about sewing, is starting. And, I don’t mean learning the basics of sewing, although that’s mostly also about just starting. What I mean is the times when you procrastinate about sewing – you browse through patterns to select your next make, then you diligently pick out the fabric for it, and then… You stop.

I don’t know about you, but tracing patterns and cutting out pattern pieces is the worst part about sewing for me, and unluckily, this is what needs to be done first. I guess that’s why I love refashioning so much. I can just skip the cutting and pattern part.

Lately, I’ve felt sort of stuck with my sewing projects. I have huge dreams and goals, and new fabrics all lined up, but I somehow just can’t bring myself to start something. So, I decided to pick out a started project. Something that would be super easy and quick to make, and wouldn’t need a pattern. Tadaa! A simple scarf was made.

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I used a lightweight cotton fabric I picked up at the fabric market in the spring. My piece was about 1.5mx1.5m, and it’s the perfect size for me.

All I did with it was to straighten the raw edges and the hemmed them. I was done in 20 minutes, but I still got to sit down at my sewing station and make something. I needed that. If you do, too, I highly recommend giving this super simple project a try.

diy sewn scarf

I might take on another quilt next. I sewed two toddler quilts for new family members in the summer, and I really loved the simple straight lines and mindless sewing in involved. Or maybe I’ll whip up a few t-shirts from my tried and true pattern.

What’s on your sewing table?

xo.Hanna

I’m Sew Crazy DIY Slogan T-shirt

i'm sew crazy t-shirt

I don’t know about you, but this T-shirt was long overdue in my closet. I mean, it says “I’m sew crazy”! Need I go on? I think not. It’s me in a nutshell (with both possible interpretations being true). The project really started with a plain old black T-shirt I had and thought I’d get more wear out of if it wasn’t so boring. Plus, I picked up some silver fabric paint on my last trip to the craft store, and I really wanted to try it out.

Love it, by the way! Fabric paint wins all the craft supply awards in my mind, because it’s so easy to use, and perfect for quick makeover projects.

SUPPLIES: 

  • Plain T-shirt
  • Fabric paint (I use Dylon)
  • small paint brush
  • cardboard, or a plastic bag
  • ruler and tailor’s chalk
  • baking paper
  • iron

HOW-TO:

It’s a very straight forward and easy process. Start with a clean shirt. First, place a layer of cardboard or a plastic bag inside the t-shirt. Then, mark the section you want the text to be in with tailor’s chalk and a ruler.

Before starting to paint the text on the T-shirt, I suggest making a couple of drafts on paper, so you get the feel for the lettering and the size of the text. Once you’re happy with your lettering, start painting it on your T-shirt. It’s daunting at first, but remember, you can still wash off the paint when you haven’t ironed over it.

When you’re done with the text, let it all dry and then iron over it for a few minutes through a sheet of baking paper.

Wear with pride! (I know I am)

I’m loving this new addition to my fall capsule wardrobe, and it’s already in heavy rotation. Sometimes, all an old T-shirt needs is some personality!

For more ideas for using fabric paint in your refashions, check out this crop top project, this paint splatter T-shirt, this tribal-inspired jacket, and this dotty clutch. (This list makes me wonder why no-one at Dylon has contacted me about a collaboration yet. LOL)

Happy crafting!

xo. Hanna

DIY Tassel Necklace

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always late to adapt trends. I like to see, if they stick around for the long run, before I make a new friend, you know? Tassels have been huge around the DIY and fashion world for a couple of years already, and finally, I’m catching up. So, here’s a simple DIY tassel necklace tutorial for you.

I made this necklace as a birthday present for a friends, which is why I don’t have any photos of me wearing it. It was a sort of make and give in one day project. You know how these things go.

SUPPLIES:

  • 1 tassel (or embroidery thread to make the tassel)
  • big and small seed beads in different coordinating colours
  • silk beading thread
  • very thin sewing needle (that goes through the seed beads)

HOW-TO:

  1. If you don’t have a pre-made tassel, you can easily make one out of embroidery thread. There are tons of tutorials out there to assist you if you’re unsure how to make it. It’s no rocket science, though. Once you have your tassel, thread your needle with the beading thread (cut a piece that’s 10cm longer than your desired necklace length) and feed the needle through the head of the tassel to secure it to the thread.
  2. Pull the thread through the tassel head, so that the tassel is right in the middle of the thread.
  3. Now, thread both thread ends through the needle (this is the only tricky part) and add about 7cm-long strip of seed beads. I alternated between white and golden.
  4. Then, separate the two thread tails again, and begin beading each one separately. Do one tail first and then mimic the other tail according to the first one. Finally, knot the two thread ends together and cut away the tails.

I love the simplicity and elegance of the tassel necklace. I really want to make myself one as well. I really miss having more jewellery like this in my stash. Plus, it’s a pretty quick and easy DIY to whip up over the weekend (hint hint).

xo. Hanna

Sewn // Floral Summer Pants (plus an important note)

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florl summer pants front

I know it’s practically the end of summer already, but I have one more final summer sewing project to share with you. I made these floral pants at the end of July already, but with my vacation, and catching up with the biz, I just haven’t had time to show it to you.

Truth be told, I had planned to make these in spring. Yep, like about 4 months before I actually made them. But then the Sewing Club came out, and I was so busy with prepping and launching, that all other sewing plans sort of fell to the wayside. I’m so happy I finally got to these plans, though, because I love these pants!

floral summer pants back

I used a Burda pattern again – mod. 4 from Burda Easy Fashion F/S 2008. I know it’s an old issue, but here’s a similar pattern. I’ve had more luck with Burda trouser patterns than I have with top patterns, so I was fairly confident these would turn out ok. As always, no muslin was made (#aintnobodygotimeforthat).

I did however make a few major alterations to the pattern itself. I hate constructing the front zipper, so I decided to move the zipper to the side of the pants. Much easier to sew. So, if you’re a beginner, and you’re dreading those front zippers on pants, this could be your saving grace. I also lengthened the trouser leg a bit, since the original pattern was a cropped trouser.

I cut a size 38, with the intention of taking in quite a bit from the waist, which is my usual alteration with Burda patterns. I doubled the darts and folds and took some in from the sides as well. What I didn’t consider, was the fit of the leg. The pattern called for a stretchy woven, but my fabric had absolutely no ease. This became a big problem once I had sewn the pants together and realised just how tight they were in the thigh and calves area. The only time I’ve ever regretted cutting all the pieces with a seam allowance of 1 cm. I let the seams out as much as I possibly could and then they fit just right, although I can’t afford to gain weight, if I want to wear these again.

Funny #notsofunny story with these pants. So I was almost done with the sewing. I just had to rip out the original leg seams. And on the final seam, I ripped a whole through the fabric. NOOOO! I was so frustrated. I decided to fix it and move on, because honestly, the print is so busy, that no-one was going to notice that little rip, right? I batched it with fusible interfacing from the wrong side, and the repaired the tear. Lesson learned: The seam ripper is evil, and check the fit before you cut.

What I really love about this pattern are the pleats in the front. I also still love this vintage fabric so much. I hope I get to wear these pants (and this top) again next summer. I have a feeling that putting together next year’s summer capsule will be so fun!

What are you sewing at the moment?

xo. Hanna

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