Because what every pregnant woman needs is horizontal stripes, right?
Oh, shush. I think it's going to be very Parisian chic, like a maternity version of this classic top from Coco Before Chanel. (I will also magically morph into Audrey Tautou.)
|Photo from this awesome post on striped shirts in cinema.|
|(I love the top, but the combination of high heels and bad posture here is making my sciatica act up just looking at it.)|
This is the "Long Sleeve Tee" from the Hatch Collection. If you're the slightest bit interested in maternity clothing, be sure to check out their collection. It is sophisticated, fashionable, and a little edgy - all very rare qualities in maternity clothing. (And most of their garments seem loose, comfortable, and soft, which is a big deal for this sensory-challenged pregnant lady.) I certainly would not wear every piece in the collection - some of the styles are a bit too trendy for me; others would require the wearer to go bra-less, which just seems crazytown in a line of clothing aimed at pregnant women with giant, tender bosoms - but this simple, urban collection is certainly a refreshing change from the usual maternity fare.
Basically, I really wish I could buy this lovely top, but alas, I do not have $98 to spend on a long sleeved t-shirt right now. I do, however, have some striped rayon jersey, stretch needles, thread, and a sewing machine. So I will be grateful that copying is generally allowed in fashion, and I will try to knock it off instead.
Which brings us to my current (very minor, in the scheme of things) difficulty: I don't have a pattern for a drapey, long-sleeved top like the one above.
The shape of the top seems very simple, however. You can see it a bit better in this photo.
Now, I really ought to be able to wing something like this without any pattern, and I'm sure a lot of talented sewists could do so in their sleep. But I am still relatively new to sewing with knits, and I have never really veered into drafting my own patterns. So that sounds pretty scary to me right now. Since I'm venturing into unknown territory, I would prefer to have something to start with, even if it's pretty different from what I'm going for.
To that end, I surfed around Burdastyle, looking for a pattern that might suit my purposes. There are several that might work here, but the Long Knit Top has the most versatile appeal (it looks like a practical pattern that one might get a lot of use out of even when one is not pregnant). It is long, it has the right sleeves (that is, it is not a dolman or raglan style), and it has a boatneck, all of which are similar to the top I'm trying to knock off here. I would only have to modify the width and shape of the top and the shoulder/sleeve seams. And the pattern only costs $5.40.
So that my readers can follow along without clicking, here is the Burdastyle model shot, which reminds me of that dream I sometimes have where I get to work and only then realize I have forgotten to put on pants:
And here is the boring line drawing of the top (note: top, not dress*):
Guess what I currently have sitting on my sewing book shelf, in brand-new, untouched, mint condition? Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics. I bought it
Well, now that my knit-related fears have subsided significantly, it might be time to dust it off and dip into it. Check out the cover of the book. Do you see what I see? Yep: There is a (rather loose) long sleeved, boatneck knit top, right there! On the cover of the book!
I think that could work! And, best of all, I already own it! No expense or additional seam allowance required (that is, I think that the patterns in this book include seam allowance - better double check that before I start cutting).
So that's the plan for now, although I reserve the right to change my mind (I am pregnant and extra-changeable right now, after all) and download the Burdastyle pattern if, for some reason, I decide that would be easier.
In the meantime, if any of you have (1) Franken-patterned one of the Sew U knit patterns; or (2) Made a loose, drapey knit top; or (3) Have any suggestions, thoughts, or encouragement whatsoever (you can keep your skepticism about horizontal stripes and pregnant women to yourself, ahem), please let me know!
* I know, I know. I'm an old lady.