1) I never want to push anything that large out again
2) Don't bring a scale or tape measure anywhere near me
And yet, that's exactly what I did - I broke out the tape measure one week after this little nugget was born.
I blame this insanity on an insatiable urge to indulge in some selfish sewing but of course before doing so, I needed to know what size to sew for my current shape (hence, the tape measure).
In an attempt to make things a bit easier on myself I chose to make what was supposed to a be a loose, flowing tunic that I figured would work well with for a body shape in flux. Unfortunately, I didn't pay much attention to the design ease when choosing what size to sew and the top ended up far more fitted than I intended. And if you'll forgive me talking about my boobs for a minute, I have to say that I also didn't take into account my new cup size, which again changed the fit of the top dramatically. Oops.
On a more positive note, I'm really happy with how the two fabrics that I chose work together. I tend to be a bit of a fabric wimp and only sew with cotton because I'm not all that familiar with how to work with other fabrics. But knowing that I love to wear other fabrics, I figured that I better suck it up and sew with something other than cotton (and I turned to this book for some guidance). In this case, the yoke is made out of silk dupioni that I just pre-washed in the washing machine resulting in it having a less shiny and more crinkled appearance that I really like. And the tunic portion is made with some voile leftover from this project (and you know how I love using leftovers!).
So the top may not be perfect, but it's done and it mostly fits and hopefully will fit better as I continue to lose some of the pregnancy weight. In any case, it feels good to be doing selfish sewing.
Oh, and it feels extra good to be submitting something to Rae's Spring Top Sewalong! Yay!
Pattern: Simplicity 2922
Fabric: Silk dupioni for the yoke and Tina Givens voile for the body