Pregnancy Pillow Pattern Story

Elizabeth Singler

 

After multiple designs of a pregnancy pillow pattern, I have finally finished it once and for all. Join me as I tell you how I came to design my superb pregnancy pillow pattern.

 

 

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How do you get comfortable when you are pregnant? I've been pregnant multiple times and until I made a pregnancy pillow, I suffered at the end of each pregnancy.

 

 

When I was pregnant with my latest baby (Claire), I was very uncomfortable. I mean, uncomfortable doesn't even describe how I felt. My back ached, my belly felt like it was chained to the floor, my pelvis felt like it was hit with a hammer, my feet were swollen, I had wicked heartburn and every other type of pregnancy discomfort that you could imagine. I was sleeping with 4 different pillows and spent unrealistic sleeping time trying to make my pillows conform to my body. I had seen pregnancy pillows that were for sale on amazon, and even researched which ones were the most popular and why. I just couldn't spend $80 on a pregnancy pillow. I researched all over the place to see if I could find a sewing pattern that was similar to the shape that I wanted, but I couldn't find anything. Although I was exhausted and felt as big as a house, I decided to design a sewing pattern for myself.  

 

I had multiple people from all over the world tell me how thankful that they were to have used my pregnancy pillow pattern. There were cancer patients who couldn't get comfortable, pregnant moms who were past their due dates with twins, mothers from countries where they couldn't order a pregnancy pillow, mothers who's budgets were tight and yet were looking for ANYTHING to help ease the discomforts of pregnancy, and so much more.

Sales were good, reviews were great, but a very unexpected thing happened. After a few months of selling the pregnancy pillow sewing pattern, I was contacted from a large company who designed a popular pregnancy pillow. They had a patent on the shape that I had used to make the sewing pattern and demanded that I stop selling it. So I stopped. I contacted an attorney to see if the patent was legitimate and what I could do. It was legitimate...and unless I re-designed the pattern, I would need to stop selling it. The attorney told me that if I made the pillow into two pieces, that it would be enough.

 

 

 

I was sad. Very said. I put it in my 'box of things to do' and set it aside. Every week I had at least 4 people contact me to ask if I was going to make another pattern and when. I was so discouraged that I couldn't look at it.

One day I had a woman write to me. She told me about how she desperately needed the pregnancy pillow pattern for her daughter who was in a country where they couldn't order a pillow. I was so moved by her story that I sent her the pattern. She wrote to me almost weekly after that. She told me about how she made a pillow from the pregnancy pillow pattern for her daughter. Then she made one for a family member and friend who had cancer. They were so uncomfortable and needed something. She was so kind and spent her time willingly to help them.

It was at that point that I realized that I HAD to re-design the pregnancy pillow. I wasn't pregnant anymore, but had put a lot of thought to what the pillow needed to be. I had given my pregnancy pillow to a friend and I was able to ask her opion of my ideas. I had multiple testimony emails from customers which had comments and ideas, so I read each one and dreamed up a new design.

This was the first design that I thought up. Very similar to the end product, except the belly support was built into the pillow. I decided against having the belly support being stationary because everyone is different. Every woman needs to put the belly support where she wants it, if she wants it at all.

 

 

 

The thing about comfort when you are pregnant, is that you are rarely comfortable. If you are comfortable today by doing a certain thing, tomorrow will be completely different. I knew that the belly support would have to be removable for this very reason, but didn't exactly know how to remove it from the pillow. I thought about ties, snaps, buttons, or a funny shaped cover.

 

The next thing that I got hung up on was the shape of the pregnancy pillow itself. I loved the shape of the pillow that I had made with my original pregnancy pillow pattern, and I simply didn't want to change it. How and why would I split it into two pieces?

 

 I had to pray about it. A.L.O.T. That was when I finally asked my husband for advice. This can be a dangerous en devour. Ha! He is such a smart, artistic, crafty and handy person that it makes me feel inferior sometimes. However, since I knew that there were uncomfortable moms out there who needed the pattern, I asked him. He had fantastic ideas and helped me draw up a new design. Some of his advice I took and some of it evolved into the current design. In fact, the welt pocket on the back that allows the cover to be used to perfectly fit either pillow alone was an idea that evolved from his. What a guy. :)

 

 

I already had a nursing pillow pattern on my site, so one day when I was looking at it, it hit me: I need to make this pregnancy pillow pattern be versatile enough that it could have a removable nursing pillow! From there, the designing started to take shape. After months of thoughts, ideas, trials and disasters, I finally have my pregnancy pillow pattern!

 

 

The removable nursing pillow is a fantastic fit on virtually any body. The excess on the cover of the pregnancy pillow tucks into the welt pocket so that you can use the cover on the nursing pillow alone! However, I know that many moms want to make a separate cover to match their nursery, so I also included directions and pattern on how to make a nursing pillow cover separately.

 

 

 The covers are easy to remove and put on, there aren't any zippers to worry about and every step has at least one real life image. Super easy for beginners!

 

 

Get comfortable by making your own pregnancy pillow. You'll love it. Anyone can make one and you'll have a nursing pillow to help you get comfortable when you are nursing your baby later on!

 

 

 

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Long Sleeve Baby Dress Pattern Story

Elizabeth Singler

 

 Long sleeve baby dress pattern - just in time for winter!

Can a long sleeve baby dress pattern save your baby from freezing at the holidays? Yes it can! 

There is nothing that is more irritating than walking around the stores or sewing pattern isle while looking for a Christmas dress for my baby. Seriously, don't clothing manufacturers know that it is WINTER time? Yes, baby arms are cute, but they are much cuter when they aren't blue. Does anyone actually take the cardigan off of their baby at Christmas time? Or the undershirt? I think not. Yet, I am still finding mostly short sleeves or sleeveless Christmas baby dress patterns.


After deep thought and a smidge of frustration, I decided that I wanted to make a new baby dress pattern so that my baby would have something decent to wear this holiday season. There were many options that I considered with the a-line baby dress pattern, but the main focus was long sleeves. I knew that if this dress was a hit, that I would want to have short sleeves too, so I added those as well to the design. I completely omitted the thought of having the dress be sleeveless. If I have people who ask about it though, I might make a knit sleeveless dress in the summertime.

A line baby dress pattern



I wanted a dress that was fitted around the bodice, and flared out below the waist. I also knew that I wanted something longer than the average baby dress. I think it's interesting that dresses in the store are sleeveless AND too short. Leggings and tights are cute, but the main attraction should be the dress, so lets cover a bit more leg.

long sleeve baby dress pattern

 

short sleeve baby dress pattern


I had been working with knit fabrics a lot lately so I thought it would be fun to have a knit baby dress. You usually see woven dresses this time of year, so this would change up the norm a bit. Not only that, but when I started to imagine a neckline for this dress, I loved the idea of doing a pull-over style that had no buttons, zippers or snaps. In fact, you could almost call this dress a t-shirt baby dress (although a bit fancier).

t shirt baby dress pattern

 

Lets get started in the design process.

 

The first thing that did with this pattern was visit my onesie pattern and fitted shirt pattern. I pulled a great neckline from them and also my superb sleeve length. 
 
best baby dress pattern
 
Then I looked at my baby jumper pattern to nab the length from, but quickly decided that it wasn't long enough for this long sleeve baby dress design. I love the baby jumper pattern, but it is meant to be worn with leggings and ruffled diaper covers. I wanted a dress that I could put on my baby over top of winter tights without worry about the crotch seams showing. So I made the length longer and made the width a tad wider. The length of the new long sleeve baby dress is about knee length on most babies.
 
long baby dress sewing pattern
 

A word about sleeve length

I love the length of my baby dress sleeves. Recently, I put a store bought shirt on Claire and she wore it to church. The whole time that she was wearing the shirt, I had to keep pulling the sleeves down because they were too short. Many people at church ask me each week if Claire's outfits are homemade (which they usually are), so I had to make sure to tell people that the shirt was NOT homemade. I was a bit embarrassed that she was wearing something that fit so terribly.
Moving on.
covers the rump dress sewing pattern
 
The hem of the long sleeve baby dress couldn't be easier or neater. Simply fold, press and sew.
 

A word about stitches. 

I have been reading a lot of tutorials that talk about using a double needle while sewing knits. It is a great idea. I did mention that in my tutorial in a few places. However, a standard zig-zag stitch works great. If you prefer the look of a single line, try to use an elastic stitch (which I also mention in the tutorial). I also love using my serger and use it for most of my knit projects, so I also included in the tutorial where would be appropriate to use the serger if you had one available.

 
Easy baby dress pattern
 
 

Long sleeve baby dress pattern sizes.

The sizes in this pattern are so versatile. They are accurately sized from newborns up to 36 months based on current U.S. clothing size trends (in English, this means that the pattern is the same size as your baby's store bought clothes sizes). The reason that I say they are versatile is because of the 'knit factor'. Because knits are so stretchy and giving, your baby can wear the long sleeve baby dress for multiple sizes. Your baby can typically wear a size below and a size above their current size when working with this pattern. It has the flexibility to allow you to extend your baby's wardrobe for longer periods.
 
how to make a baby dress
 
I really liked making this sewing pattern. 
It was the end of my Emma Collection (other than the free flower headband patterns that I still need to do) that I have been working on recently. Sometimes I am sad to be done with a project as I am having so much fun with it, but this one was not the case. I was very glad to be done and ready to give it to my customers. I have had multiple requests for an a-line baby dress pattern that featured long sleeves, so this was perfect for those that asked as well as for multiple mammas who are making holiday dresses for their little ones.
Soon to be added to the Emma collection will be free patterns of the flowers that I used for Claire's headbands. Isn't she a beautiful model?
 
beautiful baby dress sewing pattern
 

 

Thank you for joining me to read about my design process for the long sleeve baby dress pattern. I hope that it inspires you to be creative! Check out thelong sleeve baby dress pattern now!

 

 

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