I had been diligently participating in Me Made May on Instagram, but my month of handmades came to a bit of a halt when it became apparent- I was going to need to embrace the bump.
Baby number 3 has not been shy making their presence known, and at the half way mark it’s time to maternitize the wardrobe. Stephanie of Swoodson Says shared with me her favorite staple had been the Union St Tee (not actually a maternity top), but you can see how she updated hers. As luck would have it right after that conversation I caught the Union Tee on sale- meant to be.
Since not only my belly but also my bust hops up several sizes I got nervous making my first, and made a size up from what the chart recommended.
I also added 6″ of length to both the front and back of the shirt and ruched the sides with elastic. Using much the same method Stephanie describes. I only ruched the bottom of the top with a smaller piece of elastic, way less effective. I will go back and replace my elastic and I think it will be much improved.
While not a total loss, it’s a bit big (at least right now). It works better tucked, but as I’ve officially given in to the maternity pants that’s not so much a choice anymore.
I decided the best chance of really knowing what I needed to do was to actually sew up a shirt- using my measurements. I know, rocket science. So I sized back down and sewed the top as is, only dropping the length one extra size.
I’m comfortable that bust sizing is actually going to work, which leaves me more able to play with length and ruching options as baby grows.
I’m really excited to have added the pattern to my collection, it will be a great staple after bump also. Both the scoop and the vneck were pretty fast sews. I can see these being great in a long sleeve this fall when I just need to throw something on to cart the newborn, preschooler, and kindergartner out the door!
Have you sewn maternity patterns? What was your favorite?
Fabric: Pink Girl Charlee, Floral Jo-ann’s
Pattern: Union St Tee Hey June
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