I have been at my machine again. Editing patterns and modifying styles and in general having a good time. This time I took my shirt pattern and made a few edits. First, I shortened it. It also has darts in it, which are really unnecessary especially in a knit fabric. These two prints are two of my all-time favorite diaper prints. Yep, they are diapers. I got the fabric down in the cities at S.R. Harris, but only bought 1 yard of each and quickly sold out. Recently a diaper friend who lives in town went to the cities and stopped at the fabric nuthouse and bought me 2 more yards of each. I feel a *little* guilty not using it on diapers, but not too bad. And I still have scraps of each for a couple diapers!
On the purple stripe one I didn't remove the darts, but I did remove the stitching--so it puckers a little back at the sleeve (where the dart is permanently sewn in), but otherwise looks fine. I took some excess fabric out of the back to make the back narrower than the front and hopefully remove some of the barn-size drape. Also, you just can't do facings with knit fabrics. On the last shirt I made, I tried just hemming the neckline. On this one I made a binding from the same fabric and sewed it on (*sort of* like bias tape, only not cut on the diagonal). Ha--I just realized that when I did this, I didn't cut off the seam allowance from the neckline. I suppose the neckline looks just fine how it is!
On the blue stripes one I edited the whole dang pattern and took out the darts. Yay me! It was a little scary because it messes with the sleeve/arm opening. But I wiggled the pattern around and finally just decided to "risk it". It worked. And really you can't tell a difference between the two. I think it still looks a little too drapey. But I'm too chicken to make it tight-fitting. I do, after all, want it to fit well when I'm 8.5 months pg. And chances are that I'll never wear them when I'm this small (since I can still wear regular clothes).
But I'm making some progress in the tummy area too. For your viewing pleasure (laughter), here is my new 13-week tummy I'm sporting. First in "regular" (ahem-that would be the next size up and stretchy) jeans, trying to be a little artsy with my photographs:
Second is a new maternity pants tummy style that I've made. I copied this idea from a popular new pants that actually has a patent pending (ooooooohhh--not too surprising from me, huh?). It is a nylon-lycra fabric all the way around. It is SOOOOO comfortable. And a good fit even now. I swear every time I try these on I do NOT want to take them off. I have plans to make MORE. :) Hehe.
And don't forget to read the post about Zeke below!