Sorry readers, I've been away from the internet but I haven't had the baby yet! I've just been so busy with last minute preparations that I've been ignoring the blog. And because I recently changed the way my comments are handled, I didn't realize I had so many comments pending from the curious among you (usually they go straight to my email inbox)!
This is the first weekend in months that I don't have a birth or parenting class to attend. And yesterday was my last day at work (for a few months anyway). I feel like a free woman... I just hope this little girl lets me have at least a few days to enjoy nesting at home before making her appearance.
I finally got around to taking pictures of a few more of the maternity garments I've made. This Patrones blouse has actually been a favorite.
This Jucca maternity tunic pattern was included in the 268/Extra issue, back when Patrones regularly included a maternity spread in most of their issues (although Melissa has just informed us that there is a maternity t-shirt in the 289/Extra issue).
Chartreuse textured silk charmeuse from the Vera Wang Lavender Label collection, purchased June 2009 from Fabric.com. I used the matte side of the fabric (not the shiny side) as the right side - in some light the shininess was okay and in other light it was just too much, considering I wanted something appropriate for day as well as night.
Notes on construction/alterations
I made a muslin using a sheer cotton, as I originally thought I'd make this blouse in a cotton voile or lawn, as was used in the model photo. I found it looked a bit too stiff, so that steered me towards a more fluid fabric for the final garment.
This blouse features two drawstrings that meet at the upper bust, and a drawstring that winds around just below the belly. To form the drawstring casings, I stitched ivory Hug Snug rayon seam binding to the inside of the garment - much easier than forming casings out of charmeuse.
The pattern also included drawstrings at the sleeve hems, but I figured those would be more bothersome than not, so I finished the sleeves with a simple band.
I have mixed feelings about the drawstrings at the upper bust, I don't think it's the most flattering placement; putting them just under the bust like an empire waist would be another option.
Overall, this has been a great blouse for dressing up a bit during pregnancy. I pretty much live in knits, so it feels nice to wear something silky and somewhat sophisticated every now and then.