So, it’s taken me a bit, but I finally got all eight of my Wardrobe Contest garments cut out last week! I finished sewing the first two garments last weekend. Here’s the first: a Maternity Colette Myrtle!
I got a lot of wear out of the Myrtle I made last Summer, so I thought, hey, let’s try to mama-ize this thing. And, hallelujah, it was pretty dang easy!
I started out by cutting a size bigger (made a small before, this time a medium) but feel like I should have gone a smidge bigger than that, since my Girl Charlee cotton jersey has very little stretch. We’re talking near-woven characteristics here. It still works, though: at least for now.
In case you are in a place where you’d like to follow suit, here are the maternity-specific adjustments I made:
– Added 3″ to the center front edge of the skirt pattern piece, which makes for 6″ of extra girth in the front, for da belly. I then gathered the center portion of the upper skirt front (starting 1/4 of the skirt width from the edge, which made for gathering 1/2 of the skirt width), and pinned to fit the front bodice
– Shortened the entire bodice by 3″
– Used 5/8″ (AKA what I had on hand) instead of 1″ elastic (I ain’t got no waist to define here! Just need a little pull-in), and because of this sewed only a 3/4″ seam allowance for the casing instead of 1 1/4″
– Lengthened the center front skirt hem by 2″ to allow for the bump, gradually truing to the side seams
Based on my previous Myrtle, I also made these changes:
– Raised underarm 1/2″ to cover bra- Narrowed center back neck edge by a total of 3/4″ (trimmed 3/8″ wedge off at neck, truing to waist). The back was a bit wide for me before, but it’s aces now!
– 3/4″ swayback (which is something I usually need, so YMMV)
Use a fabric with more stretch, preferably 4-way (the GC fabric has no lycra, but I decided to use it because the print works so well with the other fabrics in the wardrobe).
OR (if using similarly stretchy fabric)
Shorten the bodice by only 2″ so I could sew the casing UP (instead of having to sew it down over all of that gathering, though that actually turned out much better looking than I anticipated) and also allow for a bit more bust room.