Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Side Tie Maternity Tank

Here's another maternity top for you and it's perfect for Summer. I used Burda 7104. This maternity pattern is for tanks with four different design variations and a pull-on knit skirt. I made view D which has drawstrings to ruche up the sides.

I used a cotton jersey print from Mood. I love this mod, geometric print and the shades of blues and greens. I used cheap ribbon that you can buy on the spool at any craft shop for the drawstrings.

This was very easy to sew. It took me less than 2 hours at the machine. The only change I made was to use seam binding to finish the armholes. I sewed the size the pattern recommended based off of my pre-maternity measurements.
I'm very happy with this top. It was easy to make and is fun to wear!
For those of you who are actually looking into making maternity clothes for yourself or others, I will make a short disclosure on two patterns that did not work for me. I rarely write posts on wadders because what's the fun in reading about them? But it can be helpful to read about other people's struggles to avoid them yourself. I had purchased the Maternity Survival Pack from Megan Nielsen which included the Rie Dress & Top pattern. I loved the design lines of this pattern. It's basically just a pull over top or dress with some upper bust gathering. I made mine into a sleeveless tank version. I made the largest size possible because I have found that Megan's patterns seem to run a little small on me. Unfortunately this pattern just didn't work for me. Despite going up a size, the bust area was far too tight on me- and I'm not particularly well endowed in that area! I could slip the top on but it pulled and tugged across the bust in a very unflattering way. So just double check the pattern against your measurements if you decide to make this one. Also, I purchased a Favorite Things pattern called Summer Time. This looked super cute on the pattern envelope and it states it can accommodate the maternity bump. There was plenty of room for the bump. My version just didn't come out looking quite as cute as the one on the envelope. I made the sleeveless one. The top has some bias seams so perhaps mine were stretched and distorted. It came out very long in the length and droopy in the neckline and armholes.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Maternity Tank and Pencil Skirt

This will be a quickie post as I've already reviewed both of these patterns before here.
I used the same ruched t-shirt pattern from Megan Neilsen. I left the sleeves off for a tank style this time. Also, I graded up to the next largest size for a little more room. I used a black rayon jersey from unknown origin that had been hanging around my stash for awhile.
For the skirt, I added about 4 inches to the length to make a longer pencil skirt version. I used a gray double knit from Fabric.com. Looks like this specific fabric is no longer available.
These photos were taken at 23 weeks pregnant. More than half way there... yay! I only plan on making half a dozen more maternity garments before I start planning on my Fall/Winter, post-pregnancy sewing. I'm looking forward to the change of pace!