Me-Made-Maternity : Cara top (W33)
Hello everyone! As I’m writing these words to you, I have only 3 days left before the start of my maternity leave, and only a few weeks left before we meet the love of our lives. It’s the end and I can feel it as my sciatica is hurting me a lot, and my hands/feet are now very swollen. I’ve got the impression to be a turtle stuck on the back of my shell every time I want to move sides in bed, and I adopted a waddling gait. Anyway, as I said, it’s almost the end!
A few weeks ago, I thought that I would spend the start of my maternity leave behind the sewing machine, making projects for myself and especially for the baby. I had to face a difficult truth: it’s actually too difficult for me now… I’m really happy that I started (and enjoy!) knitting, because I always need to keep myself busy with DIY projects, even when I watch TV. By the way, I can’t wait to show you pictures of our baby girl’s room, full of DIY decoration I’ve made.
All of that to say that this top, made about 10 days ago, might be my last sewing projects until the birth (But I still have two dresses made a few months ago to show you). So let’s talk about sewing instead of pregnancy discomforts! This project is a new collaboration with L’Atelier de Dina : when France sent me the Raw Plaid fabric from Les Trouvailles d’Amandine, she asked me if I wanted to test her breton stripes knit fabric : me? a knit fabric? with breton stripes ?? You can see that France really knows my taste! I have a LOT of breton stripes clothes in my wardrobe but I’m still buying and making more all the time.
She sent me over 1m50 in my package, as she told me that it would be better to use it for a top instead of a dress as the fabric is quite light (compared to the knit fabric from my last Moneta for example). I didn’t have to look for long to find the perfect pattern : I used the Cara Maternity top from Megan Nielsen again, it’s a very nice pattern with a round neckline, and it is gathered on the side to give space for the bump. This time I challenged myself and I wanted to try a breastfeeding adjustment as I realised that I don’t have one single garment which would be easy to wear in public for breastfeeding. I’m conscious that this top is a pregnancy one and that I won’t have a belly like this once the baby comes (well I hope not…!) so that it might be too large on the front after the birth. But it was a good way for me to try an adjustment, plus I’m planning to change the front and get rid of the gathers after the birth ( plus I think that it would be the perfect top to have in the hospital!).
I’ll try to make a DIY post to show you what I changed but basically, to be short, I’ve cut the front pattern in two under the breast, and added a belt on the side to attach in the back. You don’t have to add the belt and you could just use snaps if you wanted. I hope it will be as easy to use as I imagine!
The fabric is more light that the one from my Moneta as I said but it’s perfect for this type of garment : it’s very very soft, easy to sew and comfy. Plus it’s not transparent which is very good! On a pair of jeans or leggings, It’s the perfect top, and I’m just wearing it non stop …!
When we took the pictures last week, the weather was just so nice and warm, I love a good Indian Summer!! Obviously I’m now wearing it with a cardigan on top …
I wish you a very nice week!
Pattern : Cara top, Megan Nielsen
Size : XS
Fabric : Jersey Marinière, l’Atelier de Dina
Cardigan : Mango (2015)
Boots : Chelsea boots, Browns (2015)