Sunday, March 7, 2010

Burda maternity tunic


This is my most recent maternity garment that I've made, and it'll be my last. I still have several other tops and dresses to share with you here, but they are all in the laundry! Soon.


I remember falling in love with the style of this maternity pattern was first published in 2007, and promised myself that when I was pregnant, I'd definitely make this top. However, now that I've carrying a mini-watermelon of my own,  I noticed something I never noticed before - the "maternity" model is not pregnant!   Perhaps this shouldn't come as a suprise, considering Burda uses not-so-plus size models for their plus size clothes, and they'll use the same woman to model their regular and petite garments. But what really annoys me is that they could have made her appear more than 3 months pregnant by throwing a pregnancy pillow on her, easily found in an maternity store dressing room.  Without that, it makes it hard to imagine how this would look on someone with a real belly.

34 weeks

Since my last Burda maternity pattern in my regular Burda size was an oversize disaster, I decided to make this top one size smaller, a size 36.  Maybe not the best idea, since as you can see, the fit of my top is not nearly as drapey as on the "pregnant" model...

 
I'm not sure what the model is wearing for bust support under her top, but the v-neck is so low, you really do need to wear a top underneath to cover your bra.  I love me a deep v-neck and I'm not typically bothered by Burda's affinity for cleavage, but in real life, the only way to swing look this is to layer with a cami.

The purple fabric I used is a Vera Wang jersey, the same fabric I used for a cut-out shoulder Burda dress last summer.  The only alteration I did was to finish the back neck with a bias strip instead of a facing.

Like the Burda mag maternity t-shirt, the bust is slightly too big; if I were to make this top again, I'd pinch out about an inch of length from the upper from bust pieces, and add several inches of width to the lower front.

Only 6 more weeks to go!  So far I am still feeling pretty good, just moving around a bit slower than normal, which is actually a nice change of pace...

26 comments:

Karin said...

Great top. Even though it's not as drapey as you may have intended, I think it looks wonderful on you. The colour is beautiful!

Cindy May said...

you are too cute pregnant lady!

Martha said...

hi!
you look beautifull
I was sewing it too about 1,5 years ago, when i was pregnant, i was sewing plaid fabric and like it a lot :)
best wishes!
Marta
I sew rather rare, but aktually you can see my tunic here:
http://czytoten.blox.pl/2010/03/obiecalam-to-wklejam.html

senaSews said...

The top looks beautiful on you and the color suits you so well!

lin3arossa said...

with so much cleavage, it'll make a nice nursing top :) Hang in there, I remember the last two meeks are the most penible. You look beautiful.

Colette said...

wow only 6 weeks to go! You're looking wonderful...enjoy the slower pace and the rest of your pregnancy.

Can't wait to see your little girl.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You're looking good to be so far along! Hope the rest of the pregnancy is as uneventful! Nice top!

Erica B. said...

You have the cutest baby bump! You look great!

Little Hunting Creek said...

Cute top - and you look great!

Byrdie said...

You look great! I like the way the top accentuates your bump! You are very close! Can't wait to see all the cute baby sewing too!

cidell said...

I cannot beleive you are having a baby in six weeks.

Tini said...

Wow, just six weeks to go. Lucky you! I'm on "hold" thanks to early contractions. I love the shirt and if my bustline increases at the same rate as until now, I will fit into the shirt very well. (So far from B to D-Cup and 22 weeks to go...)

Rachel said...

You are so cute!!! I love your boots--where did you get them?

Rachel said...

You are so cute!!! I love your boots--where did you get them?

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Very cute! I actually like it tight on the belly to show off the bump.

Handmade said...

Your mini watermelon looks great! It's so frustrating getting their sizing right - next time ... you'll be set!

AllisonC said...

You look very stylish in this top, it looks great. I can't imagine anyone wearing it without a top underneath though! Wow time is whizzing past!

raven said...

I personally think that top turned out great! I love that purple on you - it's so rich!

xo
raven

ambika said...

The top looks gorgeous on you and *love* that color.

Trudy Callan said...

Love your tunic. You look great.

June said...

Six more weeks!!! Hang in there... Hope you have a wonderful birth experience. :)

And you can always wear that tunic the *next* time, when you're <3 mo pregnant. Heh.

cottonjens said...

just found your site, nice cute top for maternity! ciao, gia

Rose said...

The color looks wonderful on you! maybe you can wear it post pregnancy? And you look marvelous!

Rose in SV

melissanearandfar said...

The shirt is fabulous and looks really great on you.

Only a short time to go, now. Congrats!

BrusselsSprout_Katharine said...

Eeeee, another cautionary tale from my list of vintage BWOF maternity patterns. It looks like we're the same size, I measure a 38 in the high bust but 36 fits better. I was thinking this would look better in a 36 since it's so boxy on top, but goodness, whatever happens there needs to be belly room! Your box pleat in the woven/knit tunic you made looks so nice, and makes a pretty silhouette. Thanks for sharing!

Yummy Mummy Maternity Clothes said...

Adore your blog! We should work together, I run a maternity fashion related blog, get in touch if you want to collab? Jade x