When I ordered my latest assortment of fabric from Minerva Crafts, I had visions of assembly-line sewing an assortment of loose fitting raglan tees – fast and easy to sew, easily wearable post-pregnancy, but still with a bit of fun since I could make the sleeves contrast the bodies. As you see, I followed none of my plans. It turns out that my body (especially my belly) is changing size and shape faster than I imagined (I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve never done this whole pregnancy thing before!) and if I wanted to get at least a few months of wear out of what I sewed, then my original plan wasn’t going to work.
So I made 3 completely unrelated garments (because I never can do things the easy way). We’ll start with this dress which is a success in my book. The main fabric is a lovely viscose jersey and is quite lightweight with lots of drape, which does make it a bit clingier than I would usually choose for a dress so I added a bit of ease to compensate. (I think I’ll be able to wear it as a looser dress post-baby if I take out the gathering on the side. Time will tell.) I used a burnout jersey as contrast for the hem, sleeve hem, and hood. The burnout is also quite lightweight (as expected) so it’s a nice match for the viscose jersey. I love how it adds a bit of interest to the dress. I hemmed it separately and then sewed it to the dress as I was hemming the dress so it looks like it’s a separate layer underneath. Overall, cozy and comfy and secret pajamas – and secret pajamas are even more of a win when you’re preggers, I’m quickly learning!
Since none of the button front cardigans that I usually layer over my clothes will button at this point, I decided to make another drape front cardigan (since I’ve been wearing my grey version a ton). I used a foil rose print stretch jersey. I kinda adore the subtle rose print and have definitely been wearing the cardigan a lot, but I had a hard time figuring out what to do with the fabric initially – it’s more leotard material (though very lightweight and very sheer) than shirt material. But I think it works great for something oversized and drapey like this cardigan.
I pulled the light purple from my stash for the sleeves since I didn’t have quite enough of the foil print to make the whole thing one fabric. I was hoping I could make the sleeves out of the raspberry jersey I used for the dress, but didn’t have quite enough of it either (since I also ordered it with completely different plans).
And finally, my wrap maternity shirt. I want to love this, really I do. I do love the fabric. The thick n’ thin stripe jersey is a great weight and hand for a top (or dress, as I used it in red for my 80’s Stripe Dress and adored it then too). Unfortunately, I’m not sold on the pattern. I used Simplicity 1468 (designed by Megan Nielson). It’s essentially a bolero length top with ginormous tails that you wrap around your belly. I like that it easily adjusts to fit maternity bellies of all size. What I don’t like is that the finishing instructions in the pattern make for a wonky finish, it takes forever to sew because there are yards and yards of straps to hem (on both sides!), and it’s not easy to wrap those gigantic ties around your belly. On top of that, as I was wearing the shirt, Adam kept coming up to me and poking me where he found gaps of skin showing through the wraps (which slid around as I wore it) – NOT the look I was going for. I’ll work on my wrapping technique, which may fix the problem for future wearing, but I am a little bummed I used this fabric for this top because, as I said, I adore this jersey and I don’t love this top.