Sunday, April 8, 2012

I got stripes!






A couple of days ago I set out to make a loose, drapey, striped maternity top like this one from the Hatch Collection:


Done! (Tee hee.)

Stripey Maternity Top.

Why yes, I am quite pleased with myself! Can you tell?

I ended up completely winging this pattern, which is indeed basically four rectangles - the back, the front, and the two sleeves. I did slope the shoulders some, but that was about the only shaping I incorporated into the pattern. I had planned to use the t-shirt pattern from Sew U Home Stretch as a starting point, but I soon realized that the only real similarity between my inspiration top and the sailor-styled top in the book is the neckline, which is a variation on the crew neck t-shirt that requires that you redraft the neckline anyway. So I ended up really just making the whole thing up. I am pretty stoked to be able to call this "self-drafted" - a first for me, even if this was an insanely simple starting point.

But I was really glad that I finally cracked open my copy of Sew U Home Stretch, because it is jam-packed with great ideas and tips that I can really get excited about now that I am a little less knit-phobic.

My first version of the top was longer and had longer sleeves, more like the inspiration top. But when I tried it on, it looked like (a) an enormous nightgown; and (b) a prison uniform. Shortening the sleeves and the length of the top helped a little bit with this, although it's still a pretty voluminous style.

This soft striped jersey is a bit more substantial and less diaphanous than the ikat-printed knit I used for my first Spring Sew-Along Top. Thank goodness! With walking foot installed, it sewed up like a dream. What a nice change from my last experience! I was glad that the pattern shapes were so rectangular, since that made it a whole lot easier to match the stripes.

Steve took this silly photo of me sitting on a ladder. We're trying to work on our "fashion shoots" and mix things up a bit. I think our messy, toy-filled backyard totally makes the shot, am I right?

Stripey Maternity Top.

It's super soft and comfy, of course. And plenty roomy, at least for now. While I'm tempted to say, "This should last me through the end of this pregnancy," I seem to recall that I got pretty dang huge with Joe. So we shall see. It will last me a while yet, that I know.

24 comments:

  1. Oh yay, that worked so well! It looks fabulous! And I do like the fashion shoot poses... you just need some outrageously high heels now :)

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    1. I get all kinds of back pain and sciatica when I'm pregnant, so no heels for Inder, I'm afraid! Ouchy ouchy.

      I was telling Steve that we needed to do this shoot sitting at a Paris sidewalk cafe, but we settled for an old ladder in our backyard in Oakland, CA. You have to work with what you've got. :-)

      (Thanks for the nice compliments!)

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  2. Wow - great job! It looks fab on you :-)

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  3. I like your version better than the inspiration photo. And you can definitely wear it after pregnancy too. What a success!

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    1. Thank you - that is high praise indeed! It did occur to me as I was shortening the sleeves and length, having decided that the more true-to-the-inspiration was crazily unflattering on me, that this is one of the great benefits of sewing your own clothing! You can make it better (for you, anyway) than the original.

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  4. Love it. The posture of the woman on the "inspiration photo" was ridiculous.

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    1. Thanks! For reals. Oooowwwww. I guess some women can slouch around in 5 inch heels when they are pregnant without suffering any negative repercussions, but I am not one of those women.

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  5. It turned out great! I love it. Have you made any of the Sew U patterns yet? I am on the fence about whether or not to buy that one..... Great top, so satisfying to be able to make it yourself. Love the pose on the ladder :)

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    1. Do you mean her first book, Sew U? Yes, I've made the skirt, several times. It's a great basic A-line skirt pattern, and I was actually considering making a maternity version one of these days. It's a really helpful book for beginners even if you don't use the patterns. I love the way she encourages her readers to modify the patterns and make them their own.

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  6. I have been building up to making something from that book too. It's full of helpful tips. Your top turned out brilliantly and looks so comfortable.

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    1. Yeah, I'm thinking that I could easily modify the dress pattern for either a knit maternity dress or a maternity skirt ... now that I've successfully drafted one top, I'm ready for more adventures!

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  7. It came out so cute!! Great job and it looks awesome on you too :)

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    1. Aw, thanks Christine! That is high praise, coming from someone who drafted two vintage styled tops from an old book from the 1930s!

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  8. It's super cute and I love the ladder pose! I'm really into that book even though I've never actually sewn any of the patterns... it's the book that got me sewing with knits and inspired me to take out my neglected serger and learn how to use it.

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    1. Thank you! You are one of my knit-sewing (and maternity-sewing) icons, so it's wonderful to hear that this is the book that started it all! I'm starting a small savings account for a serger ...

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  9. You rock! I love that you drafted this yourself. I am in awe! (I'm a lazy pattern type of gal :)
    And you look fantastic by the way!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I'm totally a lazy pattern gal too. I'm afraid of cutting into fabric without a plan. Which is why I am so darn pleased with myself right now! Never mind that it was about the easiest thing to "draft" you can imagine: It was a small step for tops, but a giant step for Inder. Heh.

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  10. Oooh, lovely! I see that you got the stripes to match up nicely at the shoulders. You look beautiful and the top looks very comfortable. Happy (and stylish) pregnancy!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, it's super comfy. It definitely meets my "looks work-appropriate while feeling like PJs" pregnancy standard. Wish I could say the same for all of my maternity pants!

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  11. Your shirt looks so comfy!! Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'm adding you to my "must visit" list. :) Your little boy is just ADORABLE. Love the curly hair! (And I think you're ROCKING the toy filled backyard!)

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    1. Aw, thank you! You've got me drooling over Megan Nielsen's Ruched Tee pattern. Maybe that will be my next project ...

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  12. This is so awesome. I love the Hatch clothes but their prices make me laugh. I'll be using this as inspiration...

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  13. Love it! Also, how adorable are you, JoMo? ;)

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