Sunday, February 8, 2009

A very pregnant Inder makes a hippy top.

Here I am, 28 weeks pregnant and modeling a top I just sewed up. The pattern is the "Smashing Smock" from Seams to Me, by Anna Maria Horner (such a pretty book). The problem is that it's not a maternity pattern. So I fussed and fussed with the pattern, adding inches practically everwhere, but in the end, it is still a bit small. So I am categorizing this as a "wearable muslin." I have great plans for an even better follow-up maternity smock.


  1. The owls!!

    Can't wait to get home and see you model in person.

  2. Yep, those are owls. The fit may not be the most flattering (but at my size, it's difficult to precisely define "flattering" anyway), but the fabric is adorable.

  3. My beautiful daughter! You look great!


  4. I googled this pattern to see if anyone else was going through the same trouble--I'm modifying the top for my pregnant belly and doing it in muslin first. Yours looks really cute!

  5. Hi, Swims! Congratulations!

    For me the biggest (har har) issue was actually my pregnant-sized bust, rather than my belly. The pattern was obviously intended for nice, petite B-cups, not my giant soon-to-be-milk-producing bosoms.

    So I had to shorten the yoke considerably in front, to move the ease up higher, where I needed it. Alternately, I could have widened the front yoke, but it didn't occur to me that this was going to be a problem area until after I had cut. That's why I'm warning you!

    Either way, you may need some kind of large bust adjustment.

    Otherwise, the main change I made was to almost double the width of the gathered front piece, so there is plenty of room for growth. I used the same notches for gathering, but I gathered a lot more fabric between them.

  6. It's so cute! Love the owls.


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