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reece_imageHappy January! What a wild few weeks it’s been here in Toronto – ice storms, “frost quakes”, a so-called polar vortex…I can’t wait to look back on this post in June and laugh that it’s all over. The cold weather may not have us thinking t-shirts per se here in Toronto (and certainly not sheer, whisper-thin ones like the one here) but it does have me thinking of layering, staying in to sew, and all the wonderful people in warmer parts of the world where the summer heat is in full effect. That’s a shout out to you, my crafty friends Down Under!

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jenna_allIt’s here! This pattern was a bit of a labour of love to get all the details and fit just right but here it is: I’m proud to say that even now, post-mat leave, post bump and post-round-the-clock feeds, it’s still in my wardrobe. ¬†When I said it’s hard-working pattern, I wasn’t kidding.

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Paige tank

I love, love, love sewing, but let’s face it: there are only so many hours in the week and I’ve got a lot to do. Even before my kids came along I would pile up unfinished projects because I just didn’t have time to complete them, and as anyone that sews/crafts/knits can tell you, there is a point you reach when you just don’t want to finish something. So, I’ve become a lot pickier about what I sew now. One, it needs to be quick. Two, it needs to have some kind of longevity to it. And three, if I’m making the pattern, I’d ideally like it to be something I can take and modify again. Really, this is the thinking behind all my patterns. I’m a pretty practical gal at heart.

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There are two ‘awkward’ phases of maternity dressing: first, the point where the top button of your pants gets too tight to button but you aren’t quite ready to give up your favourite jeans or best black pants. Second, that phase after baby comes when you can’t possibly wear another stretchy waist-banded pair of pants but your old stuff is just that tiny bit small still around the waist. Enter the maternity ‘belly’ band. You can wear it over unbuttoned pants to stretch out your wardrobe a little bit longer. You can wear them over your elastic-waisted maternity wear that is a little too loose, or to help smooth out a popped-out belly button, if you’re feeling a little self-conscious. And best of all, I think: wear under your old tops to cover up your stomach and voila! Any shirt is made nursing-friendly by lifting it up, without exposing your entire midsection (especially handy in winter months!)

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megEvery wardrobe needs a classic pencil skirt and this one is so easy, you can sew up a few different ones in no time at all to take you through your pregnancy. A small back vent and stretch-panel waist make this an easy pull-on skirt. Choose from a low knit waistband or a higher, full-coverage style with more support.

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