Posted Domingo 27 septiembre 2009on:
It all started with a very good friend of mine who is pregnant with her second child. Unfortunately she lives in Manitoba (24 hours drive from here, I checked with Google), but thanks to the Amazing Skype we chat quite often while having a cup of tea, looking at each other through the webcam. We even show each other our new clothes and discuss endlessly about everything, life, death & spirituality.
She asked me if I could sew her a maternity top. It seems that she cannot find anything decent that fit her measurements in all the maternity stores or else it’s very expensive and not really what she has in mind. So we looked at the different sewing patterns online. I wanted to agree on a model that would fit a bit loose so that, knowing we wouldn’t be able to arrange any fitting, it wouldn’t show much if not perfect. Also, if I had to buy a new pattern, I wanted to like it enough to use it for myself too! 😉
She wanted a long sleeves one so I made model B, with a simple beige cotton stretch fabric, white ribbon and white simple fold bias tape to finish the hem at the bottom. Here is the result:
I am not too unsatisfied about it, though having seen it on her (once mailed and all) I realize that the waistline is way too low. With some things, measurements alone are not enough. *sigh*
On the other side, this was good practice for my top. Same pattern, model A, with a very light stretch cotton knit (end of summer sale -50%… Woohoo!). My changes: no ribbon around the neck line and no elastic to finish the short sleeves.
I realize that the elastic on the waistline could be a little tighter, but overall I’m quite pleased with that one. I love the fabric!