Sunday, April 11, 2010

More love for Jalie 2804

See my previous version of this top in a chartreuse jersey here.

It seems many people who sew maternity wear find success with Jalie patterns.  Once I had a good fit with Jalie 2804, the empire crossover top, I bought a couple more Jalie top patterns, but never got around to making them up! Oh well, I'm sure they'll serve me well during my postpartum years.

38 weeks

Using the same pregnancy alterations I made before, I stitched up this grass green version about 2 months ago. The fabric is a cotton/lycra knit purchased from Fabric.com last spring.


The only thing I don't like, and seems to have become more of a problem as I've grown larger, is that the front hem doesn't hug the body as close as I'd like. When doing the full tummy alteration, I think it wouldn't hurt to curve the side seams at the hem in a little bit.

I've been wearing this hot pink sleeveless version to my prenatal yoga class. It's made of the same rayon jersey that I used for the Hot Patterns Cosmopolitan dress nearly 3 years ago! (This fabric was part of my first ever order from Gorgeous Fabrics.) My sleeveless top does include the ties at the shoulder seams, but they seem to have fallen behind my shoulders in my picture. This top doesn't gape at the hem quite as much, I think because the fabric is much stretchier and has better recovery.

I'm hoping to be able to wear these tops for breastfeeding also, or maybe making more with a modesty panel altered for nursing as Morzel did.

22 comments:

Katherine said...

I've done a nursing top from this pattern Christina and I recommend using fold-over elastic at the neckline because it gives you great recovery if you're pulling it to the side. I actually put it at the hem too, which might have helped with your hem gapping!

Christina said...

Katherine, thanks for the FOE tip!

angie.a said...

So cute. I've been thinking about you and that precious baby girl! I hope she comes safe and easily in the next couple of weeks! :)

Little Hunting Creek said...

I love your tops! Moms today are so lucky - maternity wear 20 years ago was awful! You look cute in these

Nancy K said...

You look beautiful.

Cindy May said...

You are ROCKING that pink/cranberry/magenta whatever it is. That is your color! Awesome fit. Looks like Nordstrom maternity expensive RTW.

Handmade said...

Good luck with everything - you look fab - great tops!

Amanda S. said...

Great tops! Love the colors you chose.

333 said...

Love this tops! (although I'm still too young I love maternity wear, its so cute!)
I think you look brighter on the fuchsia one, though.
Happy sewing (and mothering) =)

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Very lovely tops!

AllisonC said...

Nearly there! You look really stylish in all your maternity tops.

Angela said...

Those tops look great on you!

Vicki said...

Not long to go! Good luck and I hope everthing goes as planned and as pain free as possible :)
PS, you are looking good.

meli88a said...

You look great! These tops fit you so well. Best wishes for the rest of your wait...

amber said...

I'm so impressed with all of these maternity tops you've made. You look fabulous in them. I'm so bookmarking these patterns for the future. :)

Mikhaela said...

Love it! I had the same thoughts about the full tummy alteration from Rostitchery--when I made my recent polkadot tops I sort of tapered/straightened the bottom and it eliminated the weird bell flounce I was getting. I have pictures/details in this post.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Those tops look great! Love the bright colors.

gwensews said...

Sending good wishes in the weeks to come for you and baby.

Isabelle said...

Both colours look wonderful on you. Both tops look very RTW, even with the gaping happening in the first top. Looking great!

vantiganloos said...

I am so excited to see what you come up with for nursing tops... if that is something that you are interested in! I'll stay tuned!

Nancy W. said...

Wow! It's almost time, isn't it? You look as cute as ever and I love all these maternity tops you've made.

One Second Needle said...

What great tops! I like your choice of colors.