Sewing for a Bump, The Union St Tee

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.

union st tee

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.

union st tee

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.

union st tee

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.

union st tee

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?

Happy Sewing,


Fabric: Pink Girl Charlee, Floral Jo-ann’s

Pattern: Union St Tee Hey June

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Amy Mayen May 26, 2015, 8:17 pm

    My comadre is pregnant with my 2nd godson…she’s been looking for belly bands. Maternity sewing is awesome because that stuff is SOOO expensive to buy…but annoying that you need clothes you might only wear a short time. I totally feel your pain that you finally had to succumb to maternity pants; and also your joy that you have some really adorable Union St tees! Your bump is adorable btw!

  • Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures May 27, 2015, 5:00 am

    Both tops are super cute! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  • Annie May 27, 2015, 9:50 am

    Congratulations! The tees look great, I like how you added the ruched sides. You are looking great too!

  • Jamie May 27, 2015, 7:36 pm

    Both of your tees look great! I can’t wait to do some maternity seeing in my next pregnancy.

  • Stephanie May 27, 2015, 9:50 pm

    Heyyy thanks for the shout out! I like the pink ruching 🙂 They both look great! I need to sew a NONmaternity version of that pattern now!

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