As bemoaned about in the last post, my sewing machine was in the shop getting serviced. As much as I missed it, it really freed up my evenings to do two things in particular that I’ve been wanting to for SOME time: read my brother’s new novel (which was very good), and design a new theme for my website! I dreamed up the design and created a mock-up in photoshop, and my genius husband is making it come to life before my very eyes with his mad programming skills (jazz-hands for my sweety who picked up programming as a hobby!!!) I LOVE the way it’s coming together, and can’t WAIT for it to go live! And actually, it shouldn’t be longer then a few days I think! Woo. hoo.
And I finally made him stick around long enough in the morning (uh wait, he usually leaves at like 10:00–doh!), ok so got ready early enough for him to take some shots of me in the top I made last week.
I found this top somewhere in the abyss of fashion online and saved the picture, but not the store, so I have NO idea where it’s from. Somewhere I’d never heard of. I loved the fluttery neckline (I’m such a sucker for jazzed up necklines), and I thought it would be a great growing-belly top. I winged the pattern, and although I love it, there are a few things that show my winging. First of all, I WISH upon a star that I had made the bodice shorter and the front panel longer. I was working with limited fabric again, so once I cut, the deed was done. It’s just a hair lower than empire, which is just a hair to low for a massive belly. It works now, but it might be weird when I get bigger. *sigh*
I created the fluttery neckline by taking the measurement of the front neckline–from shoulder to shoulder–and then cutting a circle with that circumference. I cut the a hole in the center so it became a ring with the width I wanted the ruffle; I cut a slit in the ring and this became the first ruffle. From there I did the same thing working out from the original circle, so the other ruffles are not quite fluttery as the top, because their curve was gentler.
The drop-sleeves were a little frumpy, so I added some horizontal pleats that I had seen somewhere (maybe at the Gap?), and that cinched the end and brought it up slightly. Love them.
And for the back, I added a horizontal stretch of elastic to bring it in a little, but still accommodate future growth.
Pattern: basic drop-shoulder silhouette with the front piece separated into a bodice and front panel. I added lots of width to the front panel, to allow for some pleating.
Fabric: cotton knit–a gift from my sis Em. Thanks Em!! (I’m not sure how much it was..)
Difficulty: pretty easy
PS, in other news, Mona-the-dress-form is also expecting. She’s feeling pretty good, but is kinda bummed about how lumpy her belly is.