My maternity wardrobe started off with some basic jersey things, but I knew I wanted to make some more involved stuff too. I do get why you’d want to wear only the most comfortable things as you get more uncomfortable in your body. For the moment I feel fine though and I can’t see why I couldn’t just bring my style into maternity wear. I would’t want to sew only jerseys for 9 months either. The one I’m showing off here is a mix between what I see as my style, and a new to me shape. Spoiler alert: I love it and it makes me feel fabulous! That the fabric is a luscious soft double gauze certainly helps, and I’m so glad I put aside my doubts and just went for it.
The pattern is the Sahara Shirt from Ralph Pink Patterns. Normally I’d worry that this oversized shape would make me look pregnant but since I actually am, it is just perfect. I know oversized like this isn’t for everyone – I’ve read so many times that women want to wear fitted clothing to minimise their belly and other growing body parts. But I enjoy getting bigger. I’ve always been long and thin, gaining weight is not something I ever struggled with. It’s all new to me and I love the curves I’m getting, I feel very feminine. Plus it’s temporary and for a legitimate reason. Now that I see the photo’s it doesn’t actually look as big as I thought. It just feels like a lot of fabric when I wear it.
It’s a simple pattern to put together, it’s always fun to work with a new (to me) designer. I feel like you can tell Ralph Pink has a background in the fashion industry. Some things are taken as common knowledge, like the placement of the buttons and buttonholes, they’re not marked on the pattern. I had to look up the right distances over at Grainline. It’s also pretty quick to put together, be it not that I chose to go with French seams wherever possible, and I topstitched most seams like in a regular button down. I love the sharp look it gets from that. The only adjustments I made were lengthening the back and sides 1″ (2,5 cm) and the front 1 3/5″ (4 cm), and lowering the collar at the front about 3/8″ (1 cm). Next time I’ll lengthen the sides a bit more.
The fabric is a double gauze by Kokka, designed by Ellen Luckett Baker, called Monochrome Circles on Mint. I ordered from the Village Haberdashery, but forgot that it was 45″ and not 60″ wide. When I wanted to order more it was sold out, so I had to order half a yard from the US. So not exactly a cheap shirt, but neither do you need as much fabric as stated in the instructions. It’s wonderfully soft and flowing. There was a time during construction when I was scared I was actually making a big hospital gown because of it’s shapelessness and the colour, but fortunately it turned out well.
Nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment after sewing up a garment that looks polished. The pearl snaps fit so well with the fabric and the look of the garment, there’s nothing I would have done differently. Except for the under collar construction, I followed the instructions but should have used Andrea’s construction method. I love wearing it buttoned up like this, it counters the loose style and the collar is comfortable. I have plans for another one actually, but we’ll see, there’s also a Simone dress, possibly dungaree shorts and some designs of my own on the agenda. Oh, and a new pattern that is nearing the finish line!
What do you think of this style? Would you wear it, pregnant or not?