Monday, January 25, 2010

Jalie empire crossover top - Take 2


28 weeks

Alrighty, I made another Jalie 2804 top on Sunday. (Recall my recent test version.) This one is a light chartreuse-y yellow rayon/lycra that I got at Stonemountain & Daughter in November. This is no test garment, it's the real thing!

The modifications:

(1) Traced one size larger, size T

(2) Made View A which has the gathered lower front bodice, I think this flatters the growing belly.

(3) Omitted the modesty panel

(4) Altered the front lower bodice for a "full tummy" using this Rostitchery tutorial. I added about 1 inch to each side seam (for an additional 2" around, total) and lengthened the center front by 1.5". As you can see, the side seams are still pulling forward and it'll only get worse as I grow larger, so next time I'll swing out the side seam more.

I'm very happy with this version!

Also, I want to thank Katherine for sharing some additional maternity alteration webpages, both from patternschool.com. Scroll halfway down this page where a pregnancy alteration to a tankini is shown (similar to the Rostitchery alteration), and this page gets into the nitty gritty theory behind the changing pregnancy figure. It's fascinating!

44 comments:

Trudy Callan said...

Lovely. The fit appears to perfect.

Sew4Fun said...

I love your top! It looks fabulous on you!! Very flattering.

Vicki said...

If only all this was around when I had my babies...15 + years ago. Your top looks very flattering.

Sue said...

Very pretty fabric and a lovely version - the gathers really work!

katherine h said...

You look so good! You must be lovin' your sewing skills given that maternity wear is so limited and pricey. I hope that you're feeling as good as you look.

Lori said...

This looks great.

mjb said...

This is such a cute top!

Little Hunting Creek said...

This looks great on you - Jalie's make the best maternity tops (much better than when I was pregnant)

Erica B. said...

Great top! I wish cute things like this were around 13 years ago when I was pregnant. You look absolutely adorable.

Rachel said...

That top is beautiful!!!

Amanda S. said...

Very pretty top! I love the yellow color on you.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

"Omitted the modesty panel" - Ha, love it! You look great.

Sara said...

It does look great. I may have to try that one.

Julliana Lund said...

beautiful! I need to try this one!

Beth said...

It is a very flattering top on you -- fits great, looks wonderful. Congrats!

Sewfast said...

Very nice!!! Good job!!!

Mauri said...

It turned out so cute! Thanks for the tips, I ordered my pattern yesterday. Now I need to go find some fabric. :)

Melissa said...

What a pretty and flattering maternity top - well done!

Bunny said...

What a stunning picture of motherhood you make! Beautiful.

Leslie said...

It turned out great!! Thanks for those links too, that was interesting to read.

Nancy K said...

How beautiful you look! Great maternity top.

Kate said...

Love the top! The ruching is so flattering on your perfectly round baby belly!

NGLaLALa said...

How cute!! I'll have to put this pattern in my list to buy.

Elaray said...

That looks really great!

Lindsay T said...

Ditto what Erica B said about no cute tops like this when we were pregnant. Anything even remotely hugging your belly was considered taboo almost. You look très chic!

Dei said...

Could you get any cuter! Where were these when I was preggers?

Cath said...

Very flattering and very chic. Bravo!

neighbourhood.gal said...

Nicely done.

emadethis said...

The top is beautiful and it's such a lovely color on you!

Sigrid said...

Lovely top. Like Vicky I wish there had been such tops/patterns when I was pregnant.

Andrea said...

You look absolutely beautiful in that top. Nice job.

Joy said...

The gathers are flattering. Very pretty top!

Jessica said...

What a beautiful top! I think I am convinced to get this patterns now.

laura said...

Excellent!!

Cindy May said...

now i want to be pregnant again. really great tutorials and links. light yellow....who knew? You ROCK this color!

senaSews said...

This light yellow looks very beautiful on you! Wow, great top!

melissa said...

This is just fabulous! You're going to be the envy of your prenatal classes!

June said...

I am expecting, too, and while I'm still getting away with prepreg clothing (not for much longer - I have twins on the way), I am absorbing as much info as I can about making some tops. Thank you very much for the information! Love your bump, too, btw.

Are you making any pants? Or refashioning existing ones?

Kim said...

That turned out so cute. The fitting is perfect and very flattering. I used to shop at Stone Mountain and Daughter when I lived in Berkeley. Very fun to know someone in my current neighborhood who shopped in my old neighborhood. Small planet :-).
-Kim

cidell said...

I am 100 percent in love with this! And I really really really love the color. You are just DARLING. And, good call on the ruching in the front.

Leslie in Austin said...

That top is fantastic!! You look great, Christina. Pregnancy really suits you. :-)

novemberjuliet said...

Cutest maternity top I've ever seen!

amber said...

So cute! Looks way better than a lot of the RTW maternity stuff.

BrusselsSprout_Katharine said...

That is a gorgeous shirred maternity top. I too would not have used the modesty panel. You look beautifully in bloom. Great links from Rostitchery & Maternity Block too!