I recently posted about my first attempt at the Megan Nielsen Maternity Shirt. There were aspects I liked, but I hit some sizing issues and the cut didn’t quite work for me. This is my second attempt, a little hybrid experiment: half MN maternity, half Sewaholic Renfrew!
I’d been pretty spoilt by the Renfrew t-shirt – I love the way Tasia puts a garment together, and this one’s just right. The instructions minimise stretching out the neckline during construction, and give such a simple way of setting in the sleeves.
Plus I realised my existing Sewaholic Renfrews still fit comfortably round the bust, so I figured I could use the upper bodice part, incorporating that well-constructed neckline, and blend it in to the Megan Nielsen one, keeping the nice ruching and length.
I traced out an XL version of the Megan Nielsen top first, then laid my TNT size 10 Renfrew pattern over the top. Funnily enough, the two patterns met exactly around the first side notch… confirming my feeling that the ruched maternity t-shirt has incredibly teeny tiny sizing! Surely one pattern’s XL and another’s size 10 shouldn’t line up at the bust?!
The orange line below is what I ended up cutting, and the green is the original Maternity t-shirt outline. You can also see that the shoulder seam of the Renfrew is much shorter, so that the sleeves sit further in (which is my preference).
When it was all sewn up, there was still a little excess round the tummy, so I guess I only needed the XL sizing up top, and probably just a Large lower down. I took it in at the sides, but didn’t trim the seams so I can let it out again if I need more space later on.
The colours just came together from old knit fabrics that happened to be in my stash (the yellow’s from an old hen party t-shirt), but I’m enjoying the contrast! Doesn’t it look a little… superhero-esque? Maybe once I take off my glasses…
Haha, Super Amy!
So my conclusions: if you’re trying out this pattern, make it BIG. Unless you happen to be petitely miniature. But if you’re a standard medium or above, start with the XL and work down. Compare and contrast with your other t-shirts to get the fit and cut you like, and then blend that ruched section right in. Sew on, super-sewist amigos!