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Sewing Postpartum Clothes – Julia Cardigan & Hudson Pants

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Time for another Perfect Pattern Parcel! I signed up to sew for this before I realized I was pregnant and then was  a little leery that I wouldn’t have any options I liked. An unwarranted worry; I sewed the Julia cardigan & the Hudson pants which both fit fine now and will be perfect for the postpartum months when I am glued to a nursing newborn and bloated like a whale!

 I even jumped around. Have you ever seen a 5 months pregnant lady jumping in front of a camera/tripod? Entertainment was had by all the joggers that morning! I added a yoga waistband to these pants, and they could not be any more comfortable.

I received both patterns for free in exchange for sewing/blogging but all opinions and ridiculous poses are my own.

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First, the Julia cardigan* from Mouse House Creations! This is a size medium, with narrowed arms from the elbow down through the cuff. I measured for a small but I wanted to make sure I could layer it over long-sleeves this winter, and that it would be super comfortable when I am heavier this Spring. The pattern comes together so easily; this is the doubled-over collar which I highly recommend. I serged the entire thing and it was so quick! The organic raspberry interlock knit I used has such a nice weight, you must buy some from Fabric.com — be sure to set up an Ebates account* if you order any, and get cash back!.

Next, the Hudson pants from True Bias.

I have had my eye on these pants since Fall started and talked about them as a pattern to sew in this post. They are as comfy as they look! I measured for and sewed the size 6 with a medium-weight knit terry, without any size adjustments. I’m only 5’2; so if you’re tall, I’d use the lengthen line for sure! The leopard knit is scraps from this maternity shirt. The pants fit very generously through the hips; I did add a yoga waistband which created a small issue.

The generous hip cut and smaller yoga waistband made the drop-crotch a little funky straight-on; I wish that it was easier to capture detail in dark clothes! They’re definitely still wearable, and my own fault, but for future pairs I would sew a size 4, maybe even a size 2 if I was doing another yoga waistband. The length & rise was a great fit.

Showing off the mobility, ha!!

I used a yoga waistband from another pattern that I knew fit, the Greenstyle Yoga Pants. I love being able to pull it up for a little extra support during the day!

Does it get any comfier? I think the two pieces look fine together, but honestly will probably wear them more separately. Something about pink and blank doesn’t jive for me.

 You know I wouldn’t leave you without an outtake. I’m not sure what possessed me to jump around, and I need to work on my shutter speed adjustments so it’s not blurry, but I had a good time reviewing the pictures. Bloggers never post the shots after you come back down – how hilarious do I look!

Want to hear more about Perfect Pattern Parcel? The sale is over now but…

Parcel #6 included:
  • Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
  • Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
  • Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
  • Hudson Pant by True Bias
  • Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose

BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll

How Pattern Parcel Works:

“Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!”

 

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Nienke

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015

Awesome! (and you're quite flexible, with your baby belly ;-)) I'll post a somewhat similar top - to your pants that is - later this week on my blog, just have to take photos...

Jill || Made with Moxie & Pattern Parcel

Monday 27th of October 2014

You are just too adorable! I can't believe you are climbing trees and jumping about. ;)

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

Thanks for having me!! I don't become a giant, stationary whale until at least 30 weeks ;)

Amy Mayen

Monday 27th of October 2014

I think you are the cutest pregger I've ever seen. I went ahead & got the bundle, just for the cardi & Hudson pants!!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

Aw thanks Amy! And YAY! You are going to look so good in the Hudsons, can't wait to see them!

Sarah Helene

Monday 27th of October 2014

LOVE the coral color of the knit you've sewn the JULIA CARDIGAN, a darling pattern style. Looks FAB on you! The HUDSON PANT in a black knit -- so versatile for wearing everywhere. You mentioned you changed the waistline to a yoga-style from another pattern -- for comfort. I like the pizzazz of the leopard cuffs & belt accent. Now you have 4 more patterns to sew from your parcel #6. Thanks for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

Thanks so much Sarah!!

mjb

Monday 27th of October 2014

So cute! At this phase in post-partum wear, I'm trying to brainstorm comfy clothes that I can wear back to work in 3 weeks, too. Lots and lots of cardigans are needed in my closet, I'm thinking.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

Oh man. First time my stomach stayed high & hard for several months, and I lived in pajamas. I do not envy you one bit!! For sure on cardigans though. Cardigans are a cure-all :) Good luck!

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