Sewing for the Belly: Poetry and Motion Tunic

mad mim maternity sewing_poetry in motion

I’m beginning to think my new maternity wardrobe is get more sizable than my normal one. I’m just banking that a lot of these pieces will work without a belly as well….?

This top is another from Twinkle Sews, and it’s my favorite that I’ve made so far. The fabric is silky soft cotton knit that you want to wallow in your bed with (like wallow as in make sheets out of it), and the cowl neck + ruffles are just so feminine yet casual and comfy, which basically is MY kind of maternity shirt.  It’s actually pretty lucky that I like it so much, because this one was looking like it was headed to my Total-Failure-Pile for a while.

Of all the Twinkle Sews patterns I’ve tried, this one was the easiest (for images from the book see here).  But the size…oh, the size!  I made a 12 which is based on my current measurements minus my belly, and it turned out enormous. I had to take it in significantly, like several sizes significantly, and then I actually took out the original drop sleeve and put in normal sleeves because they just weren’t liking all that taking in. But I ended up loving the final size and fit, so I suppose alls well that ends well.

The color was also sort of a disaster to begin with, because I found the knit in the Hancock’s value fabrics for $3 dollars a yard, but shoot–it was white. So no biggy, I just dyed it purple with some extra Rit dye I had on hand. But it turned out so….purply. Like Barbie purple, and I just wasn’t diggin’.  I made the shirt anyway, and just sort of hated it. So I dyed it once more with a cocoa brown and achieved a nice eggplant purple that I love. It’s amazing how the color change made such a difference in the way I felt in the shirt.

Pattern: Twinkle Sews:  Poetry in Motion

Difficulty: Easy peasy

Size: 12

Fabric: silky smooth knit cotton from Hancock’s value fabrics

Total cost: $6 (I’m not including the price of fabric dye because I had it on hand).

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Oh and PS, how do you like my new gold pumps I scored at the thrift store?! Aren’t they amazing?! I feel like they’re a little bit too cool for me, but I still had fun wearing them on Sunday. And by the way, just so I don’t feel like I’m deceiving you, I would never actually wear pumps with jeans. I think the look is great, but I’m just not that diva. Flats and sneakers for me, thanks. You know, FYI.
mad mim gold pumps

And PPS, here’s a shirt I squeaked out of the leftover purple knit (pre-brown-dying).  Once the Miss found out that they purple shirt I was making WASN’T for her, she pleaded with me to make her one too.  She wanted “a purple and pink shirt with ruffles that twirls good.”  Ain’t no thang, Chicken Wing!

mad mim kid's sewing



Love your top. The colour is great too.

I recently bought Twinkle Sews and this top is on my list to make. It’s good to see it in a nice colour.

Amy Morby

YES! Those shoes are ridiculously amazing. And I think this might be my favorite shirt yet. Maybe. But I have a lot of favorites of yours. But don’t you dare be afraid to rock those shoes. You’re killin it in those!

Emily Balling

This is so Mim with the color (yeah for die, you are so resourceful!) …and leaf earings, and pretty cowl drapey and ruffle. Josie, I love it! You go girl!


You are so Rockin’ Beautiful! The shirt is to dye for (sorry, couldn’t resist). Really, it is so appealing. And way to make the girl’s dreams come true! 100% bomb.


Oh my cuteness. You look so great!! I LOOOVE your pregnant clothes–you are going to inspire women all over the world to get it on and get pregnant. Way to rock that belly!


Sooo, I’ve been eyeballing this shirt for several months but haven’t gotten around to trying to make it. I have a sort of fancy thing coming up (my husband’s ordination), and I decided I needed to make a new top. I had no inspiration, until I remembered this shirt. I have a few questions about how you made the neck. Specifically, how is the neck attached to the shirt?? I assume this is a cowl neck with the pleats sewn in between two layers of neck. But how did you attach it without the raw edges showing, which I assume would happen if you attached it like a normal collar? Also, how long is the neck?


Isn’t this shirt great? I wore it so much when I was pregnant! It actually has an interesting construction; the pleat/ruffle is actually sandwhiched between the cowl and shirt, wear the cowl is sewn into the shirt at the neckline. The cowl is just a normal cowl, and the ruffle is at it’s base. Does that make sense? The cowl is just a single layer of fabric, and the edge of the cowl is just finished with a rolled hem I think. Let me know if that helps! It’s from Twinkle Sews, if you want the exact pattern. Good luck, I hope it works out for you, it’s such a great design!


Yup, totally makes sense, not what I thought it was at all, haha! Great, I will have to try it soon-ish! I would love to buy Twinkle Sews and other patterns (like the Ottobre magazine), but money is tight, and I really like designing and making my own patterns when I get inspired by something. Yesterday I actually got inspired by the mariposa dress and made myself a wrap top shirt with raglan sleeves by modifying my t-shirt pattern. I stayed up waaaaaaaaaaay too late sewing it, and it was a lot of work and I had to make the lining out of a different material because I didn’t have enough of the original, but it turned out really really well!


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