Sunday, 15 July 2018

Maternity sewing: review of the Givre Maternity top and dress

Versatile patterns are the best, don't you think? Especially with maternity patterns, which you can only use a limited amount of time. The Givre maternity dress/t-shirt by Deer and Doe, is such a pattern. You can make a top or dress with it, sleeveless or 3/4 sleeves and there is the color block option you can add or not. So you can make four different types of clothing with this one pattern. Additionally, there are two belly sizes, for 3-6 months and for 6-9 months pregnant. If you like the pattern but are not pregnant, they also have a regular version of the Givre dress/t-shirt.
I sewed up a t-shirt and a dress from this pattern. First up is the dress. I mixed and matched a bit between the different options. The color block option is part of the t-shirt. I love color blocking so I transferred it to the dress. In this photo I am 23 weeks pregnant. I sewed up the 6-9 months pregnant size so I would have room to grow in it.
Adaptations I made to the pattern: I added about two cm to the top part of the dress (see the added black triangle in the photo below). I found the dress to be quite tight around the chest area. I also used the neckline that is in between the neckline of the t-shirt (which is higher) and the neckline of the dress (which is lower). Lastly I did not wanted the skirt part to be too tight so I added about 2 cm extra seam allowance from the legs down and I left the skirt part longer so the length of the dress would be on my knees, instead of above it.
As it started to get colder after I sewed up the dress I also sewed up the t-shirt with 3/4 sleeves. In these photos I am 27 weeks pregnant. I wanted to compare the two different methods that are used for maternity sewing, either with clear elastic on the sides or by gathering on the sides. For the dress I used the clear elastic (as per instructions in the pattern) and for the t-shirt I used gathering. What I like about the gathering is that you can more easily control the spread of the gathering on the side. It was a bit more difficult with the type of fabric that I used. It is a knitted type of fabric and therefore was little holes in it. Gathering was a bit more tricky with this fabric. Using the clear elastic leads to a more stable result, but it is a bit of a hassle to sew the elastic in I find.
Adaptations I made to the pattern: I only added 1 cm seam allowance to the sides of the front and back of the t-shirt. I probably should have gone with one size larger. After these adaptation the shirt fitted great. I think it is a great pattern, from which you can make different outfits, so definitely worth the money.
Fabric for the dress: The blue fabric is Geometric Blue Black from Malo Swafing, which I bought at Stoffenfeest, just like the black fabric.
Fabric for the t-shirt: The red fabric is a knitted type of fabric, which I bought at my Italian fabric place. The black and white fabric is a leftover from this sweater, it is Commute by Limo knit print from Gramercy by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery fabrics, which I bought at Petit Couture.
Pattern: Givre Maternity dress/t-shirt by Deer and Doe

Fabric in 2018: this week 7 in - 4 out (2018: bought 36 - used 44 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 5 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 51 out (I needed some fabric for my maternity sewing, I rarely buy large pieces of fabric, and there was a sale at Stoffenfeest. In the end 'only' 7 pieces of fabric ended up in my shopping chart).

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