Go Team GB!!

Yes folks, it’s another refashion inspired by the lovely Liz at Cotton and Curls!  (Who, by the way, just delivered her gorgeous little boy – congratulations on Oliver’s arrival!)

You’ve probably heard that there’s something sporty going on in London this summer. Something to do with Visa I think, or Coke, or Maccy D’s or something?

Kidding. I’m as excited as a kid in a sweetshop that the whole world will be watching the Olympic Games from my home and favourite city in the whole world this summer, and I’m just hoping and praying that a) the weather holds and b) Team GB knock the socks off the competition.

I’m not going to a LOT of Olympic events – Mr Oh and I have got tickets to the Olympic mountainbiking (awesome!) and the cycling time trials at the Paralympics (yay!). But I do plan to spend a lot of my spare time in front of big screens in parks, and there’s a couple of Olympic-themed parties I’m going to, so naturally I need something to wear, right?

Only, for some strange reason, you can’t buy the Team GB stuff in maternity shapes. (OK, not that much of a surprise!). Still, I’m gutted. I considered fabric paint, I considered cutting out the emblems from a regular tee and stitching them, applique sty-lee, onto a maternity top, I considered just wearing a guy’s shirt and having done with it. (Mmm, attractive!). And then I came across this genius tutorial from Liz, and for once in my life I actually followed it with no mods (well, I read it through a couple of times and then I winged it. Which is about as close as I get to following anything to the letter). And here are the results:

London 2012, here I come!! Oh, and GO TEAM GB. We’re all behind you, and incredibly proud.

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One hand in my pocket.

So I started my second maternity refashioning project today – I’m taking a large, men’s stripey shirt (yes, another one!) and making it into a lovely longline maternity top, again inspired by a tutorial, this time by the fab Meg at DIY Maternity.  I’m still trying to make it work (I’m a bit bigger than she is to start off with, and my shirt is a bit snugger, but I’m getting there!) so I’ll post on that when I’ve worked it out.

In the meantime though, I diligently took the pocket off the front of my charity shop shirt, and thought I’d whip up a little brooch…

a pretty pin from a cotton pocket

What do you think?  Not exactly groundbreaking, I know, but kind of cute, I thought!

In other news, had my 16 week midwife appointment this morning.  How incredible it is to hear the rhythmic, rushing sound of your baby’s heartbeat!  Mr Oh was there and heard it for the very first time, so it was all a bit emotional.  Other than that, all is well, so that’s a big relief.  Next stop anomaly scan (20 weeks!).  That’s when we get to see Puddin’ again, and I can’t wait.

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Striped Maternity Top

As the bump grows, I’m looking for creative ways to fill my wardrobe, and the lovely (and rather gorgeous) Liz over at the wonderful blog Cotton and Curls has totally inspired me. Two of her tutorials particularly excited me and so I raided my local Age Concern shop to find a couple of shirts that might be up to the challenge.

I tackled the button up top first. In the end, I didn’t follow the tute exactly – her top, though gorgeous, is non maternity, an I wanted something to cover my growing bump! So I decided to wing it.  Here’s a shot of the shirt before, and the lovely bump-friendly top after:

So how did I do it? Well, that’s a good question!! I didn’t take notes or pics as I went, which was a bit of a schoolgirl error, so I’ll try and describe it as best I can, but I’m sorry if it’s a bit vague and hard to follow!

  • First, I put the shirt on back to front, and in the mirror marked where I wanted the neckline to start at the shoulder, and how deep I wanted the neckline to be at the front. I also marked what I hoped would be a decent drop to under the bust, and put a pin on that line under the middle of each boob for a dart. I pinched the shirt snug on either side of the fullest part of the bust, and pinned front and back to mark how narrow I wanted the top to be.
  • I then took the shirt off and cut up all the way up along the side seams, separating the front from the back everywhere but the shoulder. I also took the sleeves off at the shoulder seams.
  • I added 1cm seam allowance to the neckline (I drew a freehand curve, and was pretty lucky with the outcome!) and cut out the neck.
  • Then, laying the now front (originally the back of the shirt!) flat, I added 1cm seam allowance to the under bust line, and cut the bottom of the top away (which to avoid all this ‘bottom’ and ‘top’ -ing, I’ll call the ‘bump’ segment!). I added 1cm seam allowance to the markings on the side of the (now) back and what’s left of the (now) front of the shirt, and trimmed up to the armholes.
  • Next, I took the bump segment and cut a 4cm strip from the top to make the empire strip. I stretched this strip across the front of my body, just below the bust line, to gauge what length I wanted it to be, and trimmed the appropriate amount from either end.
  • I matched the centre of the empire strip to the centre of the bust segment of the top, and then matched up each end, and pinned it out, putting the darts in where the pins marked the centre of each boob to match the lengths. Then I stitched along this line (leaving 1cm seam allowance). I pressed the seam down towards the empire strip, and top stitched along the seam.
  • Then, I ran a thread loosely along the width of the top of the bump segment, about half a cm from the cut edge. Holding the thread to the length of the empire strip, I gathered up the bump segment in the centre, which means that there is room to grow in the middle. (Which is where I’ll need it, I hope!). I evened out the gathers over about 5cm in the centre of the bump segment and stitched this section on the machine. Then I pinned the bump segment to the empire strip, and stitched along the seam (leaving 1cm seam allowance). I pressed the seams up towards the empire strip, and top stitched along the seam.
  • Next, starting at the armholes, I matched the shoulder seams up under the arms (leaving 1cm seam allowance – of course!) and pinned down the sides of the shirt. I then stitched the top up along this line.
  • I turned in a cm along the neckline and top stitched.
  • Finally (!) I trimmed the hemline, leaving a 2cm seam allowance this time for a thicker hem, and retaining some of the shirt tail shape. I turned it up and stitched.

Voilà! My first refashion, and I’m pretty proud. What do you think!?

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