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I’m officially 25 weeks along now (how is it flying by so quickly?), spending more and more time each morning scouring my wardrobe for comfortable items that will stretch with me throughout the day. I’m finding I reach for my stretchy dresses and leggings more than anything. I’m also finding that I’m running out of shirts that adequately cover my belly.
Funny how clothes that I thought would fit for my whole pregnancy are already becoming too tight/short.
To remedy that situation, I sewed up Megan Nielsen’s ruched maternity shirt in a mint jersey. The mint color is a bit of a gamble for me since I’m prone to stain just about anything lighter than middle-grey. But it’s such a gorgeous color I couldn’t resist.
It’s also such a neutral color that I can pair it with just about any of my pants (that still fit). This one-layer wonder is going to get a lot of wear this summer.
As all of Megan’s patterns, this was a breeze to sew up and fit was spot on the first try. Adjustments made:
- lengthened shirt hem by 1 1/2 inches
- lengthened the sleeve hem by 1 1/2 inches
- tapered the sleeve at the hem by 1 inch
- raised the neckline by 1/2 inch
I added a raw band to the neckline and sleeve hem, then steamed the bottom hem so the knit would roll nicely. I need to launder the shirt so the sleeve and collar roll a little more, but as the hem is now, it doesn’t bother me.
Chris said he liked the ruching. I do too. I’ve tried to sew items that will work for both maternity and postpartum, but this may be the only exception. I don’t see how it will flatter post-pregnancy, because it’s ruched only in the front, but I’m more concerned about comfort at this moment. The leggings will definitely be great after baby arrives, though! I live in leggings these days.
- earrings: c/o Sole Society
- glasses: target optical (Ray Ban)
- necklace: c/o White Plum
- bracelet: handmade, tutorial here
- top: handmade
- leggings: c/o White Plum
- shoes: c/o Sole Society
What are your go-to summer items for comfort? Leggings? Tees? Skirts?