I want to make a tulle circle skirt with several layers. However, most of my tulle has been folded up in storage (not crushed, just folded). How would I make it smooth and press seams? Should I even try? I can probably cut it without pressing but I don't know what to do about the seams.
Awesome! I always love your stuff. I wish I could do bleaching though -- it never works when I try it. I usually use the Clorox bleach pens, but they don't bleach the fabric enough.....maybe I'll try again with the tutorial.
I looked at the patterns and at the Simplicity 4055, which I think would be the easiest of the 3 to make. In my experience, Simplicity has the most forgiving fit/instructions for beginners. Since you have 6 weeks, I would take into account your time and patience because even for an experienced sewist, a gown like this can take around 15 hours to finish. The patterns assume you WILL line the garment and whether or not you have put in a zipper before may be a consideration as well. Puffy sleeves are actually easier than fitted sleeves for me because it's ok if they wrinkle a bit where fitted sleeves look bad if they show any mistakes.
Personally, I'd pick an easier pattern and something I could have more fun with but to each their own!
If she is that small, she probably doesn't need MATERNITY clothes per se. I would try regular patterns in babydoll or empire styles. Look for tops with a crossover bodice so she can wear them after delivery, while nursing.
I like the idea of a jacket, but matching plaids with that many seams can be a pain. I usually use them in skirts -- not only the pleated kind, but long walking skirts or hobble or trumpet shapes all look good. A vest would be a nice option too. Plaid is very hot this fall.