During the first and second trimesters of this pregnancy, my Seafarers were definitely my most worn tops. They were roomy enough for my growing belly, and the long length was great. However, now that I’m in the third trimester, I thought it would be a good time to make a few adjustments to the original pattern to make the perfect maternity top!
I bought the knit at Mood Fabrics last spring during Fabric Weekend, and it was fun to finally use it! I think I might even have just enough leftover to squeak out a top for Lola.
Here’s a quick run down of the changes I made…
I cut my normal size medium for the top half, and tapered the side seams out to a large for the bottom half. I could have given myself even more room, but that’s the great thing about sewing with knits – the stretch is so forgiving!
I also added an inch to the front hem (of the main body, not the waistband), curving down from the bottom of each side seam. The extra length should be plenty to get me through to the end of this pregnancy which will be nice.
I ended up adding a bow out of the same fabric along the neckline after seam ripping a dang hole into the top. So frustrating, but in the end I liked the little bit of subtle detail that it added.
Now I just need to make myself a few more of these. I have plenty of maternity shirts, but since this is my fourth baby, I think I’m just sick of them after wearing them so much. Know the feeling? Anyway, hope you have a happy Monday!