Thank you all for the baby well wishes! :D
For this top, I figured I mightaswell just come out with puns blazing. Because, you know, I’m gonna be a mummy. And you wrap mummies in strips of cloth. And, well, even the linen color (not sure what I was thinking there). Here it is, Simplicity 1468, AKA The Mummy top:
Oh Mummy Top, AKA Megan Nielsen’s Wrapped Maternity Top, how you displease me. Sewing and wearing you both instilled an urge to poke my eye (but not both, because I need at least one left to sew with, of course. Gotta be practical.) out with a sharp stick.
Does it look cool? Yeah, no complaints there. I may have over-stabilized the (folded/turned) neckline out of fear that it would stretch out a bunch, but that’s on me. I won’t blame anyone else for that. Love the layered look that the (enormously long) wrap ties provide.
I used a sweater knit that has been in my stash for quite a while; I’d say at least 5 years. Long enough that I can’t really recall what it’s made of or where it came from. Part of my problem with this top is probably my fabric choice; a beefier knit (still with enough stretch, though, perhaps a nice rayon lycra?) would have alleviated some of the terrible drudgery of the folding and turning and what felt like endless stitching (see the Simplicity link above for the line drawing).
In summary: an alternate fabric choice may have made me hate sewing it less.
When I was finished, I told Mr. 5 that he was going to have to dress me every time I wore it. He kinda laughed; I don’t know if he realized I was serious. I WAS SERIOUS. Dead serious. I wanted to willy nilly just throw each of the long wrap ties around me, but Mr. 5 insisted on following the recommendation to roll up each tie like an ace bandage. There are times that I can have incredible amounts of patience (hello, sewing and knitting) and others where needing to wait turns me into a 3 year old at a candy store. Dressing is hard when your shirt isn’t really a shirt.
So, he finally got it on me, and I went to put on my shoes…and the back of the top portion of the shirt popped out. FUCK. He was not convinced it was well wrapped the first time, so we undid the whole thing, ace bandage rolled it yet again, and then reapplied it (with more overlap at the top portion). Better!
And then I realized I needed to pee. And I was wearing a fabulous pair of jeans with a full maternity panel. Fucking hell! I ended up just sort of flipping the whole business up and back down again. It was disheveled, but nothing I couldn’t manage to smooth out on my own. Mostly.
This all being said, I found the sizing to be accurate (I made a medium). I also ran out of fabric, so was only able to make each of the ties 75% as long as the pattern called for, and it seemed to work out just fine.
Bottom line: This pattern is “good on paper.” I won’t say I’ll never wear this again, but it definitely isn’t going to be a top I willingly reach for in these last few months of pregnancy. SAD PANDA.
Speaking of, does anyone happen to know where I could find a paper copy of Megan Nielsen’s Ruched Maternity T? I know it’s pretty simple and I could probably hack it, but she’s done a pretty fab job from all of the versions I’ve seen, so why reinvent the wheel? The problem is, I really despise PDF patterns (Again: pointy stick, meet eye) and that’s she still has available on her website. :(