My Rie dress, some exciting news and a giveaway!!!

So I have been a bit sporadic with the blog posts lately but I do have a very good excuse… there is a  mini fabric Godmother or Godfather on its way. 

I am really excited and as soon as I got a bit of energy I started on my maternity wardrobe (don’t worry I promise not to turn my entire blog into ‘sewing for mummies’ but you will see a few more maternity and baby posts in the future) 

Project number one was the Rie dress from Megan Neilsen. This is part of a delightful range of maternity patterns including pencils skits and nursing tops. 
Sadly Megan no longer does print versions of her patterns (though there are a few left in stock on my website here) so for any of you who are paper pattern fans like me you will have to brave the world of downloads. You can find all of Megans patterns here.

I choose a wool and viscose jersey mix in French Navy to make this dress in and it worked a treat. It was a great chance for me to get out my overlocker and use it on a real life project not just practice runs. Two of my Resewlutions ticked off already and January is only just over! I also spent plenty of time testing to get the top stitching of the neckline, sleeves and hem to work. Use a scrap piece of fabric and play about with the tensions and stitch lengths to get it just right, takes a while but well worth the time put in. The dress pattern comes up quite short and as I am 5’9″ I added an extra few inches (not a big fan of my thighs even with black opaques) and I love this length. 

If you need any help with sewing with jersey take a look at my sewing with jersey blog post here.


To celebrate I am giving away 3 metres of the lovely Fabric in your choice of either black or  French navy. To enter simply follow my blog, share on facebook/twitter then comment below telling me what I should sew first for baby(don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are lucky enough to win) 

27 thoughts on “My Rie dress, some exciting news and a giveaway!!!

  1. Sassy T says:

    Congrats mummy. I would make something for when they are six months, so you don't need to rush and can just dip in occasionally if you are too tired to sew.

  2. Two Madels says:

    I think a baby quilt is a great choice it can be used as a play may when visiting others, to wrap baby in the pram, create a sun block in the summer and be a keepsake forever! Good luck!

  3. Sew little time says:

    Lovely dress! I would make something for when the baby is older – they grow out of things so quickly! Oliver and s patterns are gorgeous! I often make receiving blankets are presents. Handmade Jane did a great tutorial nut they are basically cotton backed with flannel (I often use winceyette as my local shop have it in more baby friendly colours). You could use quilting cotton for the top but I have used plain fabric and appliquéd a design or a name. They are lightweight so great for swaddling or pegging to pram hood to keep sun off.

  4. Linda Nelson says:

    I think sewing some burp rags are very helpful and colorful! You'll use them often, and when the baby grows up, you can use them as cleaning rags!

  5. SnowMum says:

    Congratulations 🙂 I would agree that the quilt option would be lovely, but for something slightly quicker, how about bibs? Always surprised me how many of those we got through in a day 🙂

  6. sewanneuk says:

    I would suggest a baby play mat could be quilted and/or appliqué, with tags at side (like the Taggies you can buy), multiple colours and texture, sound – bells, squeaker and so on. And you could use fabrics with a special meaning to you. Babies do grow out of clothes so quickly.

  7. Siri Thafvelin says:

    Congrats on the new godbeing! Shared on Facebook, already follow the blog.

    I don't know much about babies but I would suggest bibs or burp cloths as they always seem to come in handy. For example, I've only babysat small humans a few times and being handed a couple of burp cloths along with the baby definitely makes for nicer and more relaxed cuddles/playtime all around. 🙂 siri.thafvelin[at]gmail[dot]com

  8. tialys says:

    Congratulations – love the dress.
    I think a simple, double sided blanket would be useful for all sorts of things. I make them using a favourite fabric on top and then back with soft terry towelling or flannelette or even polar fleece. Then you can just quilt lightly to hold the two layers together or go a bit madder on the machine – whatever you have time for.
    I am a follower already and will share on FB.

  9. Nicki says:

    Congratulations, that is wonderful news! You look fabulous, the fabric is gorgeous. Hmm what to sew for baby. Well I'd have to say a sling in some swanky fabric. I had a mei tai sling and found it invaluable for little babies that want to be cuddled all day long! Sew Liberated has a pattern.

  10. pendlestitches says:

    Congratulations…you are blooming! I agree with other comments about bibs. You can never have too many of these. And a small quilt is always handy…especially when baby is big enough to want to sit on the floor.

  11. Marg B says:

    Congratulations. I'm sewing two sleep bags -one for my grandson of 7 months and one for my second grandson due April (not same mummy!!!!). Using Michael Miller Making waves panels for fronts and Rope pattern for backs. Also using wadding and cotton jersey for insides. I have made my own pattern using a bag my daughter already had. Have only cut the pieces so far. Will let you know how I get on.

  12. Mc Gonzalez says:

    Congratulations ! Sleep as much as you can now … Later you won't be able to, hahaha ! Being a mother of two I can tell (nahhh only first two decades !) I would defo sew bibs and quilts… Leave proper sewing for clothes when they are older. Gosh ! They grow so fast !
    Enjoy your maternity !
    Lottsa love from

  13. Kestrel says:

    Congratulations! I would make a quilt of lovely fabrics that the baby will enjoy looking at when they are playing on it. I made a quilt for my baby and it gets used every day. Also some bibs from cute fabric are useful, I'd save clothes til later too as you will likely get loads as gifts

  14. Helen says:

    Congratulations! Quilts are useful, or toys. I have never made my son any clothes, and he is 3 (but if the next one is a girl, that might change), but have enjoyed making him toys. For some reason I just don't find boys clothes that exciting to sew! Plus babies grow out of things so quickly!

  15. Lucius Cambell says:

    You look stunning in your photo, Fabric Godmother! It seems like motherhood suits you well. Anyway, it’s too bad that I’ve stumbled upon this late. If you were to ask me, I would suggest that you first make a blanket, as well as pair of mittens and booties for the baby, so that he/she would be safe from cold. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    Lucius Cambell @ Skild

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