The ultimate aim in maternity sewing: a garment that will fit the whole way through pregnancy – and beyond. Once I’ve spent sewing time on something, I expect some potential for years of wearing, don’t you? And I think I’ve hit on an ideal pattern here with Vogue 8645.
See, it’s not a specific maternity pattern: the shape comes from wherever the belt sits. Normally it would be round the waist, like in the pattern illustration. Right now, I can belt it above the bump – and there’s still space in the skirt, and around the bust from the shoulder gathers.
The fabric is an Ikea print – I resisted on two consecutive trips, but the third was too much and I came home with 4 metres of it. Just as well, as the cutting placement demanded serious yardage to line up the script on the front and back (as far as possible – the sections all fan out below the waist).
But now that it’s properly finished, it’s a huge part of my current wardrobe. The shoulder ties keep bra straps under wraps, and it’s roomy without gaping or slipping around.
So of course I’ve already got another V8645 on the sewing table, lining up some stripes this time…
Very Easy Vogue – does what it says on the envelope. Snap it up fellow sewists, and belt according to need.