So one of the first things I did after finding out a baby was on the way? Look up maternity outfits on Pinterest, naturally. I didn’t get raring on the sewing machine straight off, but after the three-month scan it seemed like time to start planning my rather different wardrobe for the rest of 2013.
Of course, Megan Nielsen patterns popped out and hit me in the face. As another sewist recently said to me: “she’s rather cornered the maternity pattern market, hasn’t she?” So I ordered the gathered t-shirt and the gathered skirt from M is for Make (and thanks Kate for sorting out blips in my order so promptly and efficiently!)
I’ll start with the t-shirt. Helpfully, the pattern says to use your normal (pre- or early pregnancy measurements). I confidently cut a safe medium:
I really like: the ruching down the sides, and the lovely generous length (always been a sucker for long tees).
Not so keen on: the baggy width in the sleeves, and that the shoulder seam sits right out on the edge of my actual shoulders.
I’m not sure that this top will go the whole nine months – you can’t really see it in these photos, but there’s already some pulling across the bust. Fit round the tummy is great right now, but another four months of growth might just go beyond the stretch.
So for my second MN make, I cut EXTRA LARGE:
And a good thing too. It does fit, but again there’s not much extra mileage in there. I used a thick knit fabric as recommended – and it sparkles! Perhaps I needed something stretchier… but did I mention that I cut EXTRA LARGE?! And it’s not uncomfy, but there was a little bit of relief in peeling it off at the end of the day. One of the things I enjoy about making my own clothes is the comfort of a really good fit, so…
…although I think it actually looks pretty cute and classy, I don’t love it. This now seems very predictably obvious – because I don’t like wearing pencil skirts, full stop. I’ve never made one: I sew big circle skirts, plenty of pleats, an A-line at a pinch. And somehow I thought pregnancy would make me a pencil skirt fan?
Well I guess being properly pregnant stops that horror of looking accidently pregnant in a certain kind of skirt (been there, my friends, been there). But still, I worry about my underwear line showing through, or the whole thing bunching round my empire line…
Nope, even with side ruching there’s just too much cling. This skirt did serve its purpose in making me feel a little glam at the epic V&A meetup, and it might score me a day’s grace during Me-Made-May, but I don’t see a repeat make in here.
On the other hand, I think a MN Maternity t-shirt + Sewaholic Renfrew mashup might be just the ticket…