I feel like these tank tops where a sewing break through for me.
I had a major void in my maternity wardrobe and in less than two weeks I had filled it with 5 shirts.
That is the beauty of having small but strong arsenal of basic wardrobe patterns. Any wardrobe deficiencies can be quickly remedied without the drudgery of muslining and fitting and fitting and muslining. After I had my fabrics in hand, it only took a week sewing and I now have 5 new tops that I am wearing on a daily basis.
And I am not exaggerating when I say daily. I’ve been instagramming my outfits for “Me Made May” and it’s been kinda boring because I wear a variation on this outfit in every single post. But the thing is I am wearing a handmade item every single day, and when I dedicated myself to learning this craft 9(?) years ago that was an unthinkable goal. Yet, here I am.
So, boring? yes. Practical? deeply so. And it’s the only way I’ve been able to survive this freakishly hot weather with 30 weeks of baby attached.
The discovery of using rainbow variegated thread in the loopers of my overlock also played a huge role in the success of this project. I don’t mind rethreading the needles, but the thought of switching all four threads every time I switched projects was enough to make me avoid using the serger all together. The thing is the looper thread is never seen from the outside, and technically it doesn’t even need to match. I could have used navy blue in the loopers for all my shirts, and they would have been just fine from the outside, but by using rainbow thread, laziness becomes a design choice. neat hunh?
Maternity adjustments are fairly straightforward when using knits with good stretch. I’ve been wearing my Jalie Raglan tees for most of my pregnancy, and I found that the only thing those shirts are lacking during this final trimester is length. So, I translated my pre-pregnancy adjustments from the raglan to the racerback tank and added even more length.
- Pre-Pregnancy Measurements: Bust: 40.5 inches; Waist: 38.25 inches; Hips: 49.5 inches; Height: 5’10”
- Current Bust: 42 inches
- Fabric: Robert Kaufman Laguna Jersey from imagine gnats, and Fabric.com
- Pattern: Jalie 3245 – View C: Racerback Tank
- Size: ‘Y’ in the bust graded to a ‘DD’ in the hips (this was the same adjustment I did for my non-maternity raglan tops)
- 4.5 inches added to the total length at bottom hem (1.5 inches for my height, 3 inches for the pregnancy belly)
- The length of the tank made the curved hem look funny. So, I raised the center front/back of the hem 1.5 inches to straighten it out..