Maternity wear circa 1975. Can you dig it?
I've been scouring the internet for decent maternity patterns. I've found a few, but I really enjoy the ones from the 70's for some reason. I ordered this pattern and made it up right away when it arrived. It would have been a super quick if I hadn't made so many dumb mistakes. But I have an excuse-- my brain cells are depleted. Does anyone else find it a little creepy that being pregnant actually reduces brain cells? Hopefully only temporarily.
I originally moved the bust darts down 3/4" after holding up the paper patten piece and seeing that they were pretty high. When I sewed them up and tried on my top, they were way to low. Bust darts that are too low do not do anyone any favors imo. So I unpicked and moved them back up to the original pattern placement. Now they are too high again, but higher is definitely better than low. Next time I'll go somewhere in between. I also had to unpick and straighten the shoulder seams. I knew when looking at the paper pattern piece that the shoulder seam was at too much of angle for me but decided to sew it up as is. I should have trusted my instincts and straightened them out in the beginning. My original hemming job was absolutely hilarious. I've never hemmed anything so crooked before. The front angled down to one side while the back angled down to the other. So I also had to unpick all that decorative stitching and straighten everything out. There was lots and lots of unpicking. But I'm glad I persevered.
I used a brushed cotton interlock I had in my stash. It's heavier than a tee shirt knit but lighter weight than sweatshirt fleece. It feels like a really thin sweatshirt. I used a decorative stitch on either side of every seam that mimics the look of "athletic" stitching on active wear. The idea for that came from Tanitisis. I used a turquoise thread to break up the otherwise drab olive green. I didn't like the way the split at the neckline looked on it's own so I folded down the edges and pressed to make it look like a little collar. I'm not happy with the points on the "collar" but they'll do. I would actually like to make this again in a black drape-y knit but I think I'd round off the edges there at the neckline split.
It's very comfortable and casual. And great for a burgeoning belly! I haven't been in to maternity wear that clings and hugs every curve thus far. I think I prefer the loose and blouse-y over the snug. I guess I prefer the "tent" silhouette, though I've never liked that term. But maybe I'll change my mind as I get bigger. What do you think? Is the tent silhouette totally frumpy and unflattering? Maybe I should make something snug and compare...