2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

October 27, 2013

A MATERNITY TOP EXPERIMENT...

...I made a maternity tee shirt for a co-worker who is also a very good friend.   I've loved  Megan Neilsen's ruched maternity shirt - (MN1006) since it debuted - I always thought it was so very cute.  So when my friend announced she was expecting, I really wanted her to have one of them.



Besides, I was really interested in knowing more about the anatomy of Neilson's unconventional maternity top; i.e., how the pattern's design accommodates a baby bump since it's really just a tee shirt.  Curiosity got the best of me, so I sprang for the cost of the pattern, (found it on sale at nancysnotions.com in case anybody's interested.)  I choose a light weight cheetah or leopard  print (never can distinguish the difference) because I thought it would make a jazzy maternity top.  Although the print is pretty, this was not a great fabric choice.  It's the type of fabric that sticks to itself making it difficult to manipulate - sort of like constant static cling ughhh; and random cut thread is attracted to it - like a magnetic double ughhh.  I went ahead and finished the top, despite the quality of the fabric, to enable me to check the fit when I see her.  I'll tell her that she can use it as a clingy PJ top while I choose another fabric for the post fit version.
See how the sleeves are stuck to themselves???  I hate fabric like that, but didn't pay close enough attention to that when I selected it.
Of course I tried on the clingy top - just to see how it would fit.  Mmmmm, I not sure, but I might need to go up a size or two with the next one; and maybe make the neckline a little narrower. . .

7 comments:

  1. Faye, I really think this top is so cute and your friend may think so too! (depending on the fit of course). I will be looking forward to seeing the completed project on your friend (if she is okay with posting a photo). Good Luck!

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  2. The top looks nice. I think the neckline was drafted too large. I understand about that kind of fabric. I bought animal print like that and used it for a muslin sample dress for my daughter. She loves animal print and loves the dress. The next time I use fabric like that I think I will underline it with tricot interfacing.

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  3. What a lucky friend!

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  4. I agree with K.Line, your friend is VERY lucky! That is one hawt maternity top!

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  5. It scares me a lot to sew for other "adults" Something to do with alterations :D
    So I think you are very brave and your friend is very lucky. The top looks great to me!

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  6. It might be okay once she starts wearing and washing it. You are a good friend!

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  7. Have you gave it to her already? no doubt she liked it, she is so lucky having a friend like you looks so interesting, specially a kind of friend who is great in sewing field like you ;).

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