Me-Made-Maternity : Top Midi (W22)
Hello everyone! Today I’m back to show you a project that I really love! So much so that it goes straight into my top 3 favorite handmade garments.
It all started with the fabric. A few months ago, France (from the blog Made By France) contacted me to explain her new professional project: she wanted to open an online fabric shop called l’Atelier de Dina. She was planning to have her website up and running by September and because it is always difficult to see what a fabric looks like on a 10x10cm picture, she wanted those who sew to try the fabrics and put the pictures of our garments up on the website. I really liked the idea of her project and was happy to say yes to a collaboration.
I was so happy when France asked me if I wanted to try a Nani Iro fabric ! I’ve heard about this fabric for ages but never had the chance to see exactly what it was…Double gauze was a big mystery to me.
If you’ve not heard about double gauze, let me explain quickly to you what it is. This fabric is formed by two layers of gauze, sewn together by a thread from one layer passing through the second. It’s a very light, breathable fabric. Sometimes both layers are the same, sometimes they are not. On this particular fabric, one layer had dots on it while the other one was plain. When I received the fabric I was a little bit surprised and I thought it could look a bit like a lining because of the cream colour. But I wanted to wait and sew with it before having an opinion.
And so I sewed … and I LOVED it, so much!!! As I had 2 meters of this fabric (be careful it’s only 44” wide), I chose to make the top Midi from the french brand ‘Deuxième arrondissement’ (maternity patterns). This fabric was really easy and enjoyable to sew and it is so soft! I’ve been wearing this top quite often since I’ve made it, and it’s really comfy. I’m really happy to have finally tried this fabric.
Regarding the pattern, I was quite disappointed with the instructions even if in the end it turned out to be one of my favorite tops. First of all, the paper pattern is missing the sizing charts … it is suggested that, because the patterns are adapted to pregnant woman, you should use the size you would use “before pregnancy”; but if you have never sewn any ‘Aime comme Marie’ patterns (same company), how can you know your size?! Because S was usually too big for me, and because I knew that my bust size was now bigger (I’m sorry but no one has the exact same size before and during pregnancy…) I chose to go for size S (82-86) with 1.5cm seam allowance (they are not included, what a shame). In the end, it was a bit tight. When I measured my bust I actually realised that I was now 88 ….! But thanks to my large seam allowance, I’ve been able to loosen the bust. This pattern only includes 3 sizes (S/M/L) which I find disappointing considering pregnant woman are continuously putting on weight. In my opinion, they should at least include a size XL too.
I’ve read on several blogs, for this top and for others from the brand, that the skirt of the top (as you can see the front is in two pieces) was usually in the middle of the breast instead of right under. And it was the case for me too, so I had to sew it a bit lower down using my seam allowance ( I’ve since made a second version, and added 2cm on the top front part). So of course, I have bigger breasts than I would normally have, but I highly doubt I’m the only woman with this problem. You need to note too that the pattern is missing some instructions in my opinion.
In the end, I’m really happy with how it turned out as the style of this top fits me completely, and the fabric is just divine. But I’m quite disappointed with the quality of the pattern.
As my belly is growing in the front lately, I don’t know how long I’ll be able to wear this top, but I hope it will fit me for a long time! I even think that I could wear it again next year as it doesn’t look that much of a maternity top. We shall see!
So, what do you think?
Thanks again to France for this collaboration! You can go check her brand new website there : www.latelierdedina.com
Have a nice week!
Pattern : Tunique Midi, Deuxième Arrondissement
Size : S
Fabric : Nani Iro Colourful Pocho, L’Atelier de Dina
Pictures : Parc Laurier, Montréal
The fabric from this project was generously given to me by the shop :