Pattern Testing: Kids’ Hayden Henley

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Hello Internet! It’s pattern testing time again in the Made by Rydz sewing room, today I get to share with you my versions of the newest kids’ pattern from 5 out of 4 Patterns: the Kids’ Hayden Henley.

The pattern options include a lined hood or neckband, short or long sleeves, and hemmed, standard cuffs, or thumbhole cuffs for the long sleeves. You can use buttons, Kam snaps, or ring snaps on the placket. This is a semi-fitted shirt when using the recommended fabrics. If you’re using a thicker or custom fabric it’s recommended to size up. For both of these shirts I sewed the 18-24m size (as he measures, NOT his ready-to-wear clothing size!), and chose the options that best suited the season and the little who would be wearing them. I love that – especially in the smaller sizes – the cuffs, placket, and neckband can all be made from small scraps to add a pop of texture or print. This is also a great way to use the last bits of fabric that you absolutely love. Or – if you’re like me – you feel guilty about letting any little bit of fabric go to waste. Little pieces like these are a match made in heaven for your scrap pile!

This week the temperatures started dropping here in South Western Ontario, with shorter days, officially closed splash pads, and the launch of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Someone recently described it to me as “sweater and shorts” weather, and she was absolutely right! When Bigs is getting on the school bus we want to wear pants and sweaters, but by afternoon we’re ready for shorts and short sleeve tees.

Because the thought of so much laundry makes me cringe, we’ve been wearing shorts, tees, and layering hoodies on top. Except for Smalls, who just decided that he dislikes hoodies. In fact, Smalls now believes that hoodies are only for the suckers who can’t take them off faster than his mom can put them back on. Dressing toddlers can be a tricky game, am I right? The solution that has worked best for us is long sleeved shirts with his shorts, because it’s not that cold out yet.

Neither of my boys has many long sleeve shirts in their wardrobes, because until now layering has always worked for us and for my nephew (whose hand me downs we love to receive). Which means that this henley pattern could not have come at a better time – it’s not as casual as their plain long sleeves, and not as “fancy” as their button downs, it is a great stand-alone or layering piece going into fall.

For Smalls’ henleys, I chose to use the neckband, long sleeves, and regular sleeve cuffs.

Smalls is still getting used to modelling solo when I don’t make something for Bigs to match – this time I had no choice but to do a late afternoon photo shoot after he woke up grumpy from his nap, which added an extra splash of character. We started out on his favourite front porch step and juuuuuuuust as he was starting to relax, our next door neighbour started mowing his front lawn. The scowl that this kid had for the “noisy neighbour” (his words) was next level. I managed to capture one of the less grumpy expressions (above) but it was all I could do not to laugh at my grumpasaurus.

We changed outfits and went for a walk to try and lift his spirits. In the end he was still a bit grumpy (and throwing rocks, because toddlers) so as a joke I asked if he remembered how to smile. He put his hand in his mouth, pulled his cheek to the side, and said “cheese!” I couldn’t help but laugh, which he in turn thought was hilarious, so he did it over and over with both hands. In the end, he loves his new shirts and had a great time dancing with his big brother on the front lawn. Sometimes you can’t capture it all, I just have an adorable blurry photo to remember it by.

Do you want something from this post to DIY?

Kid’s Hayden Henley pattern is available HERE.
There is also a men’s version of this pattern, and a bundle of both available HERE.

Grey was a preorder from Blended Threads Fabrics.
The coordinating black solid was dug out of my scrap pile.
Heather Lake (Blue) Bamboo French Terry from Water Tower Textiles.
Almond Peached Herringbone – I got this from a friend who was selling some she didn’t need, but I know it was originally sold by both Water Tower Textiles and Blended Threads Fabrics (and possibly others?).

Pattern Testing: Women’s Alice Swim Bottoms

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Before we ever had kids, my husband and I made the decision that we would raise them as Francophones – since hubby is Francophone and I’m Francophile, and we live in a country where it’s easier to learn English than any other language, it made the most sense. Here we are several years later with 2 little boys, and it’s not a decision that we’ve ever regretted.

Our eldest is now 3.5 years old and even though French is his first (and preferred) language, he still picks up on English words in conversation – if C knows that you are Anglophone, he will speak to you in English. But until a few weeks ago, he had never spoken to us in English. His special English-only request? “Matchy-matchy.” Yep, my little preschooler overheard me tell my husband how adorable the boys were in their new “matchy-matchy” outfits, and now he has requested “matchy-matchy” with everyone: even a swimsuit with his mama! And this, friends, is the fabric he chose. I mean really how could I say no?! Except he chose really cool dragon scales to be “matchy-matchy” with his dad. But whatever.

I promised myself when we had kids that I wouldn’t let any negative body image or clothing size or body shape stop me from putting on a bathing suit and enjoying water activities with my kids. So when a preschooler who doesn’t know what body image is asks me to make myself a bathing suit the same week that a pattern designer known for trendy, flattering-to-all-bodies patterns puts out a testing call for swim bottoms, you know I had to apply.

The Alice High Rise Swim bottoms are a high waisted bottom which can be made on their own, or with options of a tie front, flounce, or peplum. I chose the bottoms without an option since the fabric pretty much says it all.

But here’s what I know you really want to ask:

Do they ride up? Nope. My bum usually gets hungry in bathing suits which is why I usually choose boy shorts (or to wear soccer shorts over a bikini bottom so when they ride up I’m covered), but these stay put! In fact, I was herding children while modelling for these photos and they didn’t even budge.

Do they roll down? Nope. They’re high enough to sit close to my natural waist, so even with chasing after screaming children and trying to shove them back in the car so that we can leave the park before bedtime, these don’t roll down.

But what if I’m so tall that high rise always hits below my belly button? That’s the beauty of making our own clothes! The pattern comes with detailed instructions on how to lengthen or shorten the rise right in the pattern instructions.

But what if I’m so short that high rise always hits right under my boobs? I’m 5’1.5″ – please see above!

Is there a top included in the pattern? No, this way you can pair it with whichever top you choose! Are you a tankini girl? Bikini more your style? Strappy back? Covered back? Rash guard? Full coverage? Minimal coverage? You can do you without feeling guilty that you’re not using both the top and bottom in a pattern. Plus many 5 out of 4 tank patterns can be used as swim tanks or bras/bikini tops. I paired this one with with the Resolution Bra.

And now, it looks like I’ll be moving onto some “matchy-matchy” swim shirts for my boys.

Do you love to DIY? You can find what I used here: 

Women’s Alice High Rise Swim Bottoms pattern is available HERE.
Resolution Bra and Tank pattern is available HERE.

Safari Party swim: sold out from Fabric Crush
Ocean Blue solid swim: Fabric Crush

Pattern Testing: Bellevue Top

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What’s that? Another pattern test so soon? Why yes! Until now I’ve always avoided double booking pattern tests, but I couldn’t say no to this one.

Slowly, over the past 2 years, I’ve been working on really narrowing down my closet choices. It’s been a combination of RTW (ready to wear, or store bought) and handmade, with a strong emphasis on fit and the “new” shape of my post second c-section/added an extra handful of pounds after babies body.

One of my absolute favourite shirts in the years long before kids was a Nike off the shoulder, dark grey french terry long sleeve. It had a dark grey neck band, banded hem, and short sleeve cuffs. You’re probably thinking of the ones with the bright neon branding across the front, and it wasn’t one of those. There was no branding or words whatsoever, except for a teeeeeeeensy dark grey swoosh near the bottom band on the hip. The sleeves were the same length, so that I could wear it off of either shoulder or equally off both as an extra wide boatneck. I actually wore it so long and so often that I wore the fabric threadbare in a few spots. Is it sounding dreamy yet?

Well don’t worry, it is the most dreamy off the shoulder shirt you will ever wear, and I’ve found the perfect replacement! My Nike version had raglan sleeves, and the Bellevue Top from New Horizons Designs has dolman style sleeves, but all of those other dreamy things that I loved about that old Nike are in this pattern too. My favourite is the versatility: this can easily be thrown on after the gym or a soccer game until I can get home to shower, or I can dress it up or down as part of my regular momiform too. A cute strappy back tank or bralette can up the style factor even more.

I chose to use a light grey french terry to replicate my old love, but with metallic pink stars and solid pink bands to brighten up this winter. If we say it enough, spring will actually show up sooner, right? This top is a simple sew that went together quickly, and this one is already in heavy rotation in my new wardrobe. This is the long sleeved shirt version, and the pattern includes short banded sleeves and a longer tunic length as well if you like to cover your bum.

Do you love to DIY? You can find what I used here: 

Women’s Bellevue Top pattern is available HERE.

French Terry stars: West Coast Fabric Boutique
Pink solid: Midnight Mountain Fabrics

Pattern Testing: Kids’ Rocket Raglan

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Hello Internet! It has been a very long time since I last posted for you, and one day soon I will tell you what that was all about. But first, I am too excited to share with y’all the latest pattern test that I’ve been working on.

This is the Kids’ Rocket Raglan from 5 out of 4 Patterns. The pattern is loaded with options including 3 sleeve lengths, a hood, vneck, or crew neck, multiple shirt lengths, a dress option, hemmed or banded sleeves and bottom. If you can name it, the option is probably in there.

Since summer is (supposedly) on its way, I’ve been trying to get a jump start on the boys’ summer wardrobes. Even in the winter they mostly just wear short sleeved tees with hoodies layered over top, so this option is the most versatile for us.

Originally I was committed to testing only the 18-24m size for Smalls, but then Bigs saw what was happening and asked when he could have a train shirt to match his pants. There’s nothing like a 3 year old just sayin’ it like it is to tug at his maman’s heart strings. So then a train shirt happened, and he is oh so proud of it like he has never been proud of anything I’ve made him before. I’m pretty sure it has more to do with discovering that he can pick his own fabrics right from the shelf, and wake up the next morning to see exactly what he ordered is ready to wear. Maybe next time I’ll choose a pattern that’s not in testing, and take a week or more to do it, so that he gets used to the delayed service. We’re going to need to curb those expectations for when he starts asking for more complicated things!

It was as much of a blessing as it is a curse to make double the amount in testing, because I discovered that the boys really enjoy modelling their new shirts together. Since I’ve taken most of the last year pretty slow in the promotion department, Smalls isn’t as used to modelling as his older brother and takes a lot more coaxing on his own to not get blurry photos of his mouth trying to eat the camera as he says “DEEEEEEZE!” (He’s little, we’re still working on the “ch” sound!)

After I mastered the crew neck, I saw how cute the v-neck was on the other little models. Even though I usually avoid making them for us – especially since the boys grow so fast that sometimes I’m not even done sewing it before they’ve outgrown it (true story this week!) – I decided that it would be worth a go because they’re adorable.

My favourite part of raglan patterns for the kids is that I can use scraps for the arms – they’re still big enough that the cute prints aren’t lost, but my boys are small enough that I can send them “shopping” in the fabrics that there isn’t enough left for a whole shirt, for example. These hipster animals and the coordinating stripes (the neckbands) are a family favourite, and these were the last of what I had!

Do you want something from this post to DIY?

Kids’ Rocket Raglan pattern is available HERE.

Hipster animals & coordinating stripes are from Bare Necessities Fabric Shop.
Solid colours: Fabric Crush Co.
Thomas the Train: Sew Kash Fabric
Paw Patrol: I got really really REALLY lucky to score it in a destash, and I have no idea where that person got it from!

But what do you wear to a cookie exchange?


My husband & I both come from families who love to love their holiday traditions – especially at Christmas. One of my favourite traditions of all time is Christmas cookies. I LOVE cookies! And I LOOOOOOOOOVE cookie exchanges, so the idea of tying in a virtual cookie exchange with a sewing project is really my style.


A few years ago a friend & I put together a Christmas cookie exchange, and it was as fantastic as I had dreamed. To exchange our cookies we all got dressed up & came together for a fancy potluck Christmas supper. We spent the evening relaxing, eating, socializing, and being merry, then went home with several dozen delicious cookies. Yes, we were clearly all without little kids at home!


Over the years the group of women that I exchange cookies with has changed but the baking, the good company, and the giant pile of cookies are all there in the end. This year’s cookie exchange is with other moms from our weekly drop-in playgroup. Because we’re all busy moms with young babies & preschoolers, there won’t be a fancy supper or an evening to ourselves – just a gym full of our tiny humans who will be even more hyped up than usual on cookies & hot chocolate. Let the good times roll!


My all-time favourite shirt to wear to play group (or anywhere that involves chasing/refereeing/herding/supervising my kids) is a Weekender Tunic that I made a long time ago:

It’s the perfect amount of length to cover my bum (sorry, I am firmly in the camp that says leggings aren’t pants!) without being so long that it looks like a dress. It has enough ease for motion & to be gracious to my postpartum belly, but not so loose that it looks frumpy. And of course, Dolman sleeves without looking like I’m about to fly away. Basically, if I’m feeling “bleh” it’s my go-to, and always seems to be just what I need to feel comfortable in my own skin again. It’s also super simple to whip up, I was able to go from cut to finished in 2 hours (accounting for 1.5 of those hours being interrupted by a toddler pattern weight & a sick baby). So obviously,  I need 68975322579053 of them in my wardrobe…why do I only have 1?!


This cookie exchange/blog tour was just the excuse that I needed to make another, but this time I added snaps partway down the side seam to make nursing access simpler. I used this single brushed poly from my stash – the floral print is beautiful & I thought the single brushed would be comfortable to wear. Originally this fabric told me that it needed to be a raglan nursing top, but I didn’t listen…lesson learned, because I find that it changed the fit drastically enough that it’s not as flattering or as comfortable as my cotton/spandex version. That said, even though it’s not what I had dreamed, it IS still cozy & fantastic for today’s rainy day weather – it paired perfectly with some leggings, a zip-up hoodie, a vest, and my Bogs. Because this is Ottawa, everything needs to be layered on rainy fall/winter days!


Want to try making a Weekender Tunic of your own? Comment below with either your favourite Christmas tradition or cookie recipe (a link is great!) and I’ll pick a winner at the end of this tour to get the pattern for free (graciously donated by Jessica from 5 Out of 4 Patterns). Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more hidden pattern giveaways!!!


Oh, and which cookie am I making for the exchange, you ask? My favourite, with a little vegan twist. Thanks to my babies both being born with a milk protein allergy, we’ve nailed down a delicious version of almost everything dairy free – and by default, usually vegan as well. Bon appétit!


Blog Tour Schedule

December 1 – <a href=”“>Marvelous Auntie M | <a href=”http://www.ah-baby-custo<a href=”“>ah baby! Custom Design

December 2 – <a href=”“>Elli & Nels in Stitches | <a href=”“>Sewn at Seams

December 3 – <a href=”“>Pattern Revolution

December 4 – <a href=”“>My Heart Will Sew On | <a href=”“>Fabulous Home Sewn

December 5 – <a href=”“>Wonderfully Handmade |<a href=”“>Randoms by Rydz

December 6 – <a href=”“>Sewing with D | <a href=”“>Octaves of Color

December 7 – <a href=”“>Turtle Birdies

This post (and shirt!) has been baby approved


Fabric: Water Tower Textiles Canada

Pattern: 5 out of 4 Patterns

Pattern Love: Maxaloones

When our eldest was 3 months old, we decided that it was time to dive into the world of cloth diapers. It was an interesting adventure, but most interesting of all was figuring out how to fit his pants over top. We use one size pocket diapers – if you don’t know anything about cloth diapers & don’t ever care to, all that means to you is that the smaller the baby, the bulkier the diaper. Exhibit A: a tiny chunk with a huuuuuge fluff butt.

One day I asked a friend & fellow mama about the pants that I always saw her son wearing – adorable “manly leggings” is what I think I called them, and they fit over his cloth diapers. Then I found out that they’re actually “grow with me” style pants that will fit for several years. Whaaaaat?! I was determined to set out to find us a hundred pairs of these magic pants when my friend mentioned that since I sew, I should just buy the pattern off of Etsy & make them myself – it would probably be cheaper.

Usually, people who say that are not crafters themselves, and don’t always value the time that it takes to make the item. Even then, some crafters don’t value their time enough. But as a fellow crafter & mama with a young baby of her own at the time, I thought if she was making the suggestion then it must be worth investigating. And so we quickly descended down the rabbit hole of knit fabrics & sewing clothing for my family.

We are coming up soon on the 2 year anniversary of that life-altering conversation, and I would say this pattern has more than paid for itself. My first-ever pair with awful fabric & embarrassing mistakes are still in rotation in 2Point0’s wardrobe, and the first pair that I ever made with quality fabric are still worn regularly by both kids.

My sewing & photography skills are way better now that I’ve had a couple years of serious practice, so if I gifted you something I made a while ago, I’m sorry!!! Haha. While I was making the most recent pairs, it struck me that the day is already here where our boys are wearing the same size grow with me. How did that happen so fast?! #2 can still fit the size smaller, but it’s not worth making that size since he also fits the bigger pair, and they’ll last longer. So instead of making adorable big & little brother “twinning” pants, I found other ways to tell their pants apart.

I also thought as I was sewing them that BigBrother is probably over these pants & wanting to dress more like his dad (yes, we’re at that stage!), but the idea of wearing “boat pants” blew his mind in a way I never expected (thank-you, Moana, for the boat obsession…).

Since the first day we put them on him for pictures, my demanding toddler has asked, begged, pleaded, cried, and insolently demanded his “boat pants” more than once.

This mama, for one, is over the moon that there’s a fabric & style we can both agree on. I’m not sure how long it will last, but I will gladly take it while I can!!!

Pattern: Max & Meena Maxaloones

Fabric: Fabric Crush

From teacher to student: why I still take lessons

After 20+ years of sewing, you would think I’d know it all. But sewing is a lot like engineering – just because your title is similar, doesn’t mean that you can do it all. You wouldn’t trust a civil engineer to build your spaceship, and you wouldn’t take your MacBook to an aerospace engineer for simple repairs.

In the same way, there are seemingly endless types of fabrics & projects, each requiring its own set of skills or expertise. Sure there’s some overlap, but just because I can do one thing really well doesn’t mean I’ll rock every sewing project. Sometimes it’s trial & error, and my family gets to be my guinea pigs.

Because there is still so much that I don’t know about sewing, or have never tried, I love taking classes & learning new things. Last week I snuck in the time to take a class that I was really excited about – snack & wet bags!

The class was offered at Sewing a Rae of Sunshine, where I often teach but have never been a student! I have to say, now that I’ve gone as a student I may never want to go back as a teacher!

But really, even though I already knew the basic concepts of how these bags go together, it was nice to sew in community. And in an organized, dedicated sewing space. And before the sun went down. And before the kids were in bed. All things that normally just don’t happen if I’m sneaking in sewing time at home – where I sew after the kids are in bed, in the dark, wedged into the corner of our guest room that’s sort of set up with my sewing things. Or I work on the living room floor or the kitchen table, where my cutting mat sort-of fits. You get the idea…

Anyways, I signed up for this class in particular because I knew nothing about sewing with PUL – the waterproof fabric that keeps the wetness IN your wet bag, rather than spilling out into the world. I didn’t know what stitch to use, or if there was a special foot, or any secret tips from the “pros” that I should know about. I didn’t even know what type of needle or thread to use with it! And then there’s snaps – do you install them any differently? Any wise words about where to place them?! (It turns out there’s some serious logic to the snap placement on this wet bag – who knew?!). But seriously – sew many questions!!! The teacher, Laura, was patient & all of my beginner-level questions were kindly answered.

Sure, I could have Googled & YouTubed all of that & after some digging probably would have come across the right answers. But you can’t always trust everything that you read on the internet – I’ve come across enough sketchy sewing bloggers to know there’s a whole wide world of crazy to sift through. Then you have to factor in the cost of materials & time for trial & error. I have to say now that I’ve taken the plunge & taken my first class, I will probably just always want to pay for lessons when learning something new!

And yes, I could also just buy wet bags or snack bags, but then my husband wouldn’t have a Wookiee bag to show off BAHAHAHA!

The perfect nursing hacked hoodie

It’s here!!! After 5 straight days of over 31C (40C+ with the humidity!), our fall weather has finally arrived, and I for one could not be any more relieved! To keep myself preoccupied & to help hold onto the hope that fall & winter are actually coming to stay, I’ve been going through my closet on the hunt for cold weather nursing clothes. Last week I found this hoodie that I made & photographed 2 years ago with baby #1.

The original pattern is a women’s Henley that I modified to have nursing access. Some parts need to be repaired & altered before it can be worn again this year, so it’s out of commission for now. It was always the plan to make another, but spring came early that year & there wasn’t much point.

After closer inspection and another fit check (since it was intended to be a wearable muslin), I tweaked my approach to come up with this year’s design for muslin #2.

Both the inner & outer front panels changed significantly for this version, and even though it’s comfortable & I love wearing it (likely because this fabric is divine & I’m in love with the basic, crisp colour combination), there will be more changes made to version 3.

I’m thinking that I will be most happy with the outer layer from #1 and the inner layer from #2. Hopefully the third version will be faster than 2 years in the making! In the meantime, version 2 was perfect for today’s cool weather – a quick run over to Sewing a Rae of Sunshine to help with some “office” work (in my lounge pants too, because morning) & our afternoon family walk.

My only regret is that these photos do not do this green justice no matter how I edit them – it is gorgeous in person.

Yes, I take my coffee (or tea or water) on family walks…don’t you?!


Patterns for Pirates Women’s Henley


Bamboo Stretch French Terry in Olive

Black 10oz Cotton/Lycra

*fabric from 2 yrs ago no longer available

Back to Blogging

It’s that time of year when everyone who’s anyone in the mommy blogging world is talking about back to school – the shopping, the organizing, the tips & tricks to sending your firstborn off in the least traumatic way possible & *finally* getting a chance to pee by yourself at least once a day. Some have older kids, or no kids at all, and they’re talking about all things fall: pumpkin spice, apple picking, how to wear plaid like you actually love it year-round & not just when you get to wear skinny jeans & riding boots.

The underlying theme of it all is renewal and, if you’re a fellow Canadian, gratitude (because lets face it, Thanksgiving is better when it’s about thanks, and not about a Christmas parade). A fresh start for a fresh season – hope & anticipation as we move forward from a permanent state of vacation to feeling like we have a purpose other than wanting to spend every waking minute outdoors (BAHAHAHA ok so all of you may want to be outside, but summer & I have a truce: I stay inside as much as possible & it promises to not be around for very long…).

A lot has happened in our little family over the last year since I last “seriously” (“regularly”?!) blogged. Exhibit A: #BabyRydz2Point0

But one of my goals for the upcoming season of my life is to return to blogging more often. I’m not committing to a rigid schedule, because life, but more often than every 6 months is a good place to start. It’s something that I like to do, and I want to be more intentional about doing it, if not for my 3 fans but for me. My 3 fans can hold me accountable though…

So let’s talk about fall. When it comes to favourite seasons, I’m that weirdo friend that everyone has. You know, the one who complains when the mercury hits above 20C & claims Winter as their favourite over all others. Yeah, that friend. You think you don’t have one? Think again, they’re hiding somewhere.

Fall, as the precursor to winter, is my second favourite season. It doesn’t usually last long here, and in recent memory there have been years where there didn’t seem to be one at all, but to me fall brings with it all that everyone else loves best, topped with a huge helping of relief. I’m just physically & mentally relieved to not be suffering through the summer heat. To be back in my favourite jeans, a sweater, and Bogs because they are FINALLY appropriate attire again. *sigh* I’m relieved to have a “regular” weekly schedule and that we’re not packing as much as we can into each weekend.

I’ve already started sewing pieces for our family’s fall & winter wardrobe, including a slouchy beanie & a new car seat cape for #BigBrotherRydz – how cute is he all grown up now?!

He’s also full of beans & had croup AND a cold this past week, so taking pictures was more than a little challenging.

What’s your favourite thing about fall? Any traditional family plans? Let me know in the comments below, and maybe we will add them to our fall schedule too!

Pattern Testing: Women’s Camilla Cowl

Hey there world! It’s been a long time since I last posted (you know, for my 3 loyal fans) but so much has happened in our little family over the last 6 months! This past week I was busy helping Jessica over at 5 Out Of 4 Patterns test the maternity version of the women’s Camilla Cowl (In case you missed it on Facebook & Instagram, yes I’m pregnant & not just getting fat!).

I’ve been through a few pattern tests now, and every time I’m selected to participate it’s always such an honour. I feel like especially because I’ve tested for this company before, it would be so easy for her to say “Meh, I want someone new.” Or “Meh, she didn’t really help much last time.” But for some reason she keeps picking me, and it’s always a week of fun, excitement, and stress all jumbled together. My son was VERY excited that mommy was always taping so many pieces of paper together, he even learned how to say his own version of the word “ruban” & took great pride in passing me each piece. Pattern testing is now a full family affair!

I was skeptical of this test at first, because I thought that I wouldn’t love this shirt as much as my other 5oo4 patterns. Cowl necklines aren’t usually very forgiving for my body type, and bending over chasing #BabyRydz around can take them from a PG to an R rating pretty quickly. It’s not exactly my ideal for the lineup of play dates, play groups, and doctor’s appointments that we have scheduled over the next few months. Jessica surprised me, though, by finding a great balance between drapey cowl & cleavage covered, so I’m thrilled.


The options in this pattern are endless and at first I was overwhelmed, but in the end I chose:

  • shirt length,
  • elbow length sleeves: because even though there was a snow storm this weekend, there WILL be spring weather soon! I wanted something different from the usual 3/4 or short sleeve options that most patterns have, and I’m about the temperature of a sauna at this point in the pregnancy so long sleeves are a no-go,
  • banded sleeves AND bottom, to avoid hemming (Yep, that’s right: NO HEMMING!!! ALLLLLLL the love for a pattern that doesn’t make me hem!)
  • maternity ruching: this one seems pretty obvious, but I’m thrilled that there’s enough room for me to keep growing – it should fit right to my due date. Check out that gorgeous ruching:


I originally planned on making a shirt that would be a nice match to my casual boot cut maternity jeans. In the end I was surprised to find that I made a really versatile shirt that paired nicely with khakis for church, and will work with most of my skirts too.

And how much do you love this floral?! I’ve had my eye on the Knottingley print for a while over at Water Tower Textiles Canada, and when they asked if I would be willing to sew up a sample of the new rayon/spandex that’s stocked for the summer, I knew exactly which one I wanted! The cream background is a touch sheer, because the fabric is so lightweight, but I like to layer tanks & camisoles under most of my shirts anyways so I didn’t mind. Really, it’s a small price to pay for such a gorgeous summer weight fabric, and I’m assured that the darker backgrounds aren’t nearly as sheer (if at all).



The moment of truth for this shirt was when I came home & decided that I wanted to wear comfy lounge clothes the rest of my Sunday afternoon. What did I change into? Well, leggings and slippers of course…but the shirt was too comfy to switch, so it stayed on for the rest of the day! The next morning, I stared at it sitting on top of the dirty laundry basket & debated long & hard if I could get away with wearing it for a second day. Would anyone notice?! I mean, did Instagram it the day before. And share it on Facebook. But was I going to see anyone who saw the posts?!


In the end, I decided it was wise to leave the shirt in the laundry, and make myself another one instead. Once the next shirt is done, I’ll probably get to work trying to piece together the scraps of this Knottingley into a pair of maternity undies. Seriously, the fabric is that comfortable!

Looking for the pattern? Find the Camilla Cowl here:

Looking for the fabric? Find the Knottingley rayon/spandex in cream here: