Behold! My first maternity sewing project! It's done and it's wearable! Let's all say it together now - hurrah!
Okay, enough with the celebration. Let's get down to the knitty-gritty, shall we?
The pattern is the Wrapped Maternity Top pattern by Megan Nielsen (who is also the genius behind DIY Maternity, a great website to peruse through if you're looking for maternity sewing ideas). I'm pretty sure that the fabric is some sort of cotton rayon blend, but I just happened to find it in my stash this weekend so don't quote me on that. Whatever it is, it is ridiculously soft and drapey and has great four-way stretch so it ended up working really well for this project. Unfortunately, I didn't have the called for three and a half yards of fabric to make the ties from one uninterrupted piece of fabric so instead I just fiddled with the length that I did have and sewed two pieces together to make each tie. It probably would look more finished without the seam in the middle of the tie but using up some yardage from my stash is definitely worth the two little stitch lines on the ties (which can pretty easily be hidden under the other three yards of fabric). I have to say that the design of the shirt and the stretch fabric make this top incredibly comfortable to wear, but it's a bit of a pain in the butt to put on. With three yards of fabric on each tie, it's a feat to get it just so but the massive amount of fabric does allow you to get a fit that works perfectly for your shape (plus it'll allow me to keep wearing it when my stomach gets a wee bit - okay alot - bigger).
(Speaking of which, I'm 17 weeks along now and I'm pretty sure that 99 percent of the population just thinks that I've just eaten too many donuts. Super.)
Oh, but I forgot to tell you my two favorite things about this shirt, both of which really appeal to my lazy side - it's made from only three pattern pieces and because it's made from a knit you don't have to finish the edges. Of course, you could finish them if you were an over-achiever, but then I'm pretty sure that we couldn't be friends...