Lately I’ve been bummed by the lack of good knits around here. Basically there’s either TwinkleAnn’s or Hancock’s. TwinkleAnn’s selection is pretty bad (and pretty expensive), and Hancock’s is only okay. I’ve gotten great knits there before, but it’s hit and miss, and sometimes the quality isn’t great. But on the other hand, sometimes you can get pretty good quality knit for like $1.5 -2 a yard there. I actually found some at the Cotton Shop recently, but $5 a yard is a little much for me (yep, that’s really how cheap I am). HEY, if you know a secret knit source around here, HOOK A SISTER UP!!!
So anyway, I just couldn’t find anything–I have already made something out of all the knits that Hancock’s currently has, so I was out of options. I decided to just get some white knit and then dye it. I recently invested in like $30 worth of dye from dharma trading company, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been using Rit dye for so long, I’m ready for some high quality, non-fading, brilliant color dye.
So back to my story. I dyed the white knit a nice sea foam green, and was totally WEIRDED OUT to discover that my white knit had a print! There were spots on the fabric! At first I just thought something was on the fabric (although I had prewashed) but when I looked at the entire length of fabric I discovered that the prints were definitely in a really wide stripe pattern. Weird right?! The print just showed up when I dyed it! At first I was kinda grossed out, cause I have some serious gross-out issues with weird random designs or….actually, I just can’t elaborate (ughghghhgggh). But then I actually liked it–I think it looks kinda cool.
Megan’s pattern is great. I was impressed that it fit so nicely over my 8 month belly! This tshirt can hack a serious pregnant belly–which is great because it seems like even my store-bought (yes, SOMETIMES I buy clothes from a store) are belly-breezing me at this point of hugeness. The neckline and sleeves are perfect, and I love how it actually FITS my curves, rather than just tenting the expanse from my chest to belly (you read me, right?) And it also doesn’t just drop off the belly, but curves under nicely hence eliminating the breeze down there. The pattern is quite fitted, so according to the size chart I was a large, but I reduced the seam allowance from 1/2″ to 1/4″ to make it a little less so (effectively like making it an XL). I’m happy with how the fit turned out.
The instructions are very clear and simple, and the construction is a breeze. And of course, like any tshirt pattern, there’s lots of room for embellishment and freestyling. In short, I think it’s a great pattern. You can find it and Megan’s other maternity patterns over at her pattern shop.
This is likely to be my last Sewing for a Belly project. Sewing my maternity wardrobe has done WONDERS for my maternity morale. Just having some fun and new and original pieces to wear made me feel more confident, and more accepting of my changing shape. It was a blast. I’m already scheming post-baby wardrobe additions to help me muscle through the sometimes (always) difficult post-partum-body-image-blues.
I have less than 5 weeks to go, and I am READY. I am a HUGE (literally) natural birthing fan, and I just read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Boy I tell you, it was like watching Rocky right before a fight. It just pumped me right up, and now I’m wondering how in the WWWWWORLD (stuttering for emphasis) I am going to be able to wait for the big moment. Oh man, try not to think about it, that’s for sure.