Mother’s Day Sale!!

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We’re celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend and this year, I’m almost a Mom myself on that day. We have less than 2 weeks left, so you bet I’m getting really anxious to meet little miss.

I wanted to give all Moms and future Moms a little treat for Mother’s Day, so I’m having a big SALE on all my sewing courses this weekend.

You can get 30% off on any and all sewing courses with the coupon code “MOMSALE” (just enter at checkout to get the discount!)

If you’ve wanted to start sewing your own clothes, why not start now? These courses are the perfect introduction with video tutorials, checklists and troubleshooting guides to help you through the process. Honestly, it’s not as hard as you think.

Plus, the course projects are a perfect addition to a summer wardrobe, so this really is the best time to get going.

Sending you lots of love for Mother’s Day and I hope to see you inside the courses ;)!

xo. Hanna

Our Wedding Photo Book (gift idea!)

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I can’t believe it’s almost 2 years since we got married! It’s gone past so fast and a lot has happened since then, but the memory of that day is still clear as day in my mind. That will probably change, however. I have a terrible memory, which is why I’m so grateful for all the photos (and the video) we have of our wedding day.

I remember having a the idea to make wedding photo books before we even got married, but it eventually took me about 18 months to get them done. It’s an investment for sure and we had other priorities at the time, so I held on to the idea and kept looking for the best option for it.

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Then, Blurb had their Black Friday sale last year, and I jumped at the opportunity. I’d had my eye on them because they’re based in Europe, which makes production time and shipping easier (and cheaper) for us.

We decided to make 2 types of books. One format for our parents – paperback and standard pages – and a fancier – hardcover and thicker pages – book for ourselves. We love how they turned out! The quality is really good, and the paperback option is really great for gifting, since it’s affordable, but still very pretty.

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Now, making these books can get overwhelming real fast. You have to choose your photos, then the layouts, and then everything has to be put in a logical order… Luckily, Blurb has their own book-making software that’s really easy to use and has layout templates + the option to save your own layouts.

At first, I tried to get really creative with my layouts, but I soon realised that this process was VERY time-consuming, so I made a decision to stick to a few simple layouts and use only those. That sped up the process a lot and made decision-making easier as well.

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I’m so glad we finally turned this idea into reality. I’ve been flipping through the book more times than I can count, and every time I do, I’m flooded by that sense of pure bliss I was feeling on our wedding day.

I already have loads of ideas for future photo books that I want to make! One day, I hope to make one book per year and gather all our memories into these yearbooks. We’ll see how I manage, but it’s a dream.

Have you ever had a photo book done? How do you organise your photos? I’d love to know how you keep your memories.

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Maternity Style // February Blues

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Let me just tell you right off the bat – I’m so over winter! I’ve never been a huge fan, and although this year it’s been a mild one in our part of the world, I’m still having spring fever. How much looonger? You with me?

Winter has always been a sort of hibernation season for me. I lose some of my steam and would rather sip tea and watch movies than do anything productive. This year, it’s been even more so. I can’t even remember a season of so little creation when it comes to crafting. I guess it’s a transitional time for me. For a long time, I was super focused on this blog and I put all my free time into it, but now my priorities have shifted. It’s not that I don’t want to create – my creative energy just flows into a different project at the moment.

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I’m gathering that steam up again, though. Because I really miss that rush of finishing a sewing project. Because I miss writing in this space. Because I have a huge list of things I NEED to make ASAP – for the baby, for myself, and for hubby as well. And most of all, because creating something tangible out of scratch just fills me up in a whole other way.

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Outfit details: maternity blouse – thrifted+refashioned / cardigan – thrifted / maternity tank top (not visible) – DIY (tutorial coming soon) / maternity jeans – refashioned from these (tutorial coming soon) / shoulder bag – thrifted / boots – thrifted

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In other random news, the baby belly just keeps on growing at an alarming speed. I have 15 weeks to go, so it’s a bit intimidating to look at the size of it already. The weird thing is that I don’t even notice the size until I look at the pics. I looks huge to myself in these! I’m not complaining, though. It’s all part of growing a tiny human.

For those of you curious about my maternity style sources, I’m sticking to mostly things I already had or have thrifted as a maternity addition. I really wanted to stick to only me-mades and thrifted goods, but I did cave in on a maternity coat. I just couldn’t fit in any of my existing ones, and couldn’t find anything suitable on a thrifting spree we did recently. I had major guilt about it, but I do have to wear something for the next couple of months.

One thing that has become increasingly clear to me through my capsule wardrobe challenges and this pregnancy is how little clothing I actually need. Right now, I have 1 pair of jeans and 2 pairs of leggings, and that’s honestly enough for my everyday wear. Even now, I have more clothes in my closet than I wear throughout a month.

I’m going to write a whole post about the implications of this realisation, but for now, let me just say – less truly is more, ladies!

xo. Hanna

 

Bump update (and we’re having a…)

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We’re having a GIRL! I sort of spilled the beans in my last post (accidentally), but you might not have picked up on that, so here’s the official announcement. I also thought I’d give you a bump update as we’re past the halfway point already.

First of all, I can’t believe I’m at 22 weeks already. Then again, I can’t wait for this little lady to make her appearance. We still have a long way to go, it seems, but it will probably feel like a second.

How am I feeling? This pregnancy has been a fairly easy one so far. Yes, I was nauseous for 4 weeks at the beginning, and felt really tired for the first 2 months, but these are minor things in the grand scheme of things. The only thing troubling me at this point is a looming bladder infection. I had one over Christmas, got treated, but didn’t quite get it out of my system. I’ve had troubles with it in the past, so my doctor did warn me this was likely to happen. It’s a bummer, but I’m trying to keep myself warm, and drink plenty of water.

Any major/weird cravings? Nope. I had a huge appetite and major cravings at the end of my first trimester, but once the second trimester rolled around, everything went back to normal. Even my appetite. In fact, I felt pretty much the same as before the pregnancy at that point. I still eat more than I did before I was pregnant, but I’m not constantly hungry anymore. And I don’r crave anything specific these days. Ok, so I might have had a craving for ice cream yesterday, but those are like those normal cravings that anyone gets from time to time.

Have I turned into a pregosaurus yet? I read a lot about hormones going wild during pregnancy, and women being hyper emotional and what not, so I was anxious to see if I would change in any way emotionally. So far so good, though. I’m totally still myself, which is such a relief.

Baby prep. You might be wondering how we’re doing with the preparations. Well, we have gotten a few things for the baby, but at this point, most things are still just plans. My goal is to make this our thrifty budget baby, so I’m trying to get most things from friends and family, or thrift shops. We don’t have a huge budget to spend, so we have to get creative. Then again, I’m trying to move toward a more sustainable lifestyle, and buying less and reusing more is definitely a good thing.

The weird thing is that I haven’t made anything for the baby yet. I have a few plans, but to be honest, I’m not really excited about sewing clothing for the baby as I know she’ll grow out of it in just a few short weeks. It just doesn’t make sense. What I do want to make her is a knitted blanket, a quilt, and a bed set (or 3).

I feel like I’m taking a long break from creating overall. I guess the main reason is the change in my focus. All my energy goes to building my coaching business at the moment, so I don’t prioritise sewing, taking photos for the blog, or writing posts at the moment. I’m sure this will change once I get more established, and things start to flow more. I look at my sewing machine some mornings, and I sigh…. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend the day sewing? It would. But the again, I’m so excited about this new venture that I can’t bring myself to take a day off.

Maternity sewing. This weekend I will take some time to sew, because we have a wedding to attend next weekend, I have nothing to wear. And this time it’s an actual nothing, not like “I have 10 dresses that fit and I can’t choose” nothing. At this point I have two options – either to refashion a dress I have in my stash and make it prego-friendly, or to make something from scratch. The practical side of me says to refashion, as it’s a dress that’s too big for me anyway, and this is the only time I’m going to fill that bust. My creative side says to make something from scratch, as the dress isn’t really appealing to my aesthetic right now. But, to waist all that fabric on a dress I’m probably only going to wear once… Hmm, we’ll see which side wins when I sit down to sew.

I’m planning to sew a few transition pieces that I can wear both now and postpartum, but I can’t promise I’ll actually get to making them. Right now, I have plenty of clothes to get me through the pregnancy, so I don’t see the need to make even more. That’s the other thing about creating at this point. I don’t want to create something I’ll only wear for a couple months, and then who know’s when I’ll wear it again. And sewing anything that’s not maternity is also not an option right now as I can’t try anything on, and I don’t know how my body will look like later on.

I’ll just channel all that energy into the nesting phase and sew and create for our apartment. I’m having the urge to move and look for a new place, but I know it makes more sense for us to stay where we are at this point. I do have major plans to spruce this place up before the little one gets here, and start sharing some before and afters with you as well.

Whew! That’s all from me today. I hope you enjoyed this little update.

xo. Hanna

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