I get tired of my same old, same old brick chimney backdrop. And I like to play around with the seasonal goodies that PicMonkey puts out. Sorry.
I decided to make something a little more snug for my bump after my 70's maternity top. So I made up this Burdastyle knit wrap top from the 11/2011 issue. Molly made up this same top a few months ago and I really liked her version. I realized I had the perfect sweater knit in stash and that particular issue of Burda already. Only I did a little slash-and-spread to the front piece to accommodate a growing belly. I did a quick and dirty full belly alteration and added some length to the front so I could ruche the side seams to match the back. It sort of worked. I probably should have been a bit more technical about my alteration. But my knit is super duper stretchy, so I wasn't too worried about it.
I cut a size smaller due to the stretchy nature of the sweater knit I used. It's some sort of lightweight acrylic knit I found at Hancock last year. Very warm and soft; two things I look for in clothing right now. The instructions were pretty good for Burda. This was the illustrated pattern of the issue, so that helped. Only the illustrated instructions were not on the page the insert said they were on, fyi. And after the instructions told you to put in the sleeve, they abruptly stopped. I guess Burda figures you know how hem. Anyway, those are nit-picky criticisms. And actually, the hem is the only thing I'm not happy with. Go figure. My knit was so soft and stretchy, I should have stabilized the hem before stitching it. It had to be hemmed, though, since this knit seems to unravel a bit at the edges. Do you see that rippling? I can't decide if I'll leave it, or fix it. I like my top. I don't love it, but I like it. I like the soft, slouchy-ness of it. One thing that bothers me is the fact that the sleeve seam slips off my shoulders and feels a little strange. I'm assuming it's supposed to be that way since there is no shoulder seam. I even caught myself in a photo sliding the seam back up on my shoulder. I also stitched down the sides of the front pieces where they crossover in the front. The drape part takes a while to situate just right otherwise. I figure the seam there just resembles a bust dart. It's pretty well hidden.
Any clue why the back of my top rides up so much? Is my swayback becoming more extreme before my eyes? I think I've always had a slight swayback, but now I think I'm actually going to have to accommodate for it. With the belly I've got, I figured the front would ride up instead. I may not have slashed and spread the front wide enough. The side seam pulls toward the back. And my ruching is almost non-existent. I'll still wear it, though. It is comfy.
And this is my little bump at 21 weeks. I think the snugger stuff makes the bump look a little bit smaller, if you can believe that. I feel huge, yet when I look at these photos I don't think I look very big. I'm sure that will change ;) I'll be cursing myself for saying I look small later on. I agree with some of the comments on my last top that maybe the snug stuff is good for a bigger bump. Little bub is definitely growing. I felt some kung fu kicks and punches for the first time this week. It sure is wild!