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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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 :

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Comments

  • 3 September 2015
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    Elisabeth

    La tunique est sublime, le tissus également!

  • 3 September 2015
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    J’aime beaucoup cette tunique. Les patrons 2ème arrondissement, je ne les ai pas cousus pour ma grossesse car en temps normal je ne rentre pas dans la plus grande taille… Je trouve ça dommage que le choix soit si restreint, mais bon….
    En tous cas le tissu, assorti à ce patron est très joli et toi tu es splendide, comme d’habitude!

  • 3 September 2015
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    Pauline

    Tu es superbe et ta tunique aussi…bravo!

  • 3 September 2015
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    Lunej

    Très jolie cette tunique, tu es ravissante! Et ce tissu…superbe. Je rêve d’essayer un jour le Nani Iro. J’imagine que tu pourras porter à nouveau ta tunique par la suite sans aucun souci.
    Je regrette d’avoir été mal en point pendant la grossesse je ne me suis fait aucune cousette…
    Bonne continuation!

  • 3 September 2015
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    Ta tunique est très jolie et tes explications sont toujours un bonus inestimable. Dans le registre des patrons pour femme enceinte, je te suggère ceux de “L’atelier des cigognes” qui sont très bien taillés et expliqués. Je sélectionne ta tunique sur Abracadacraft.

  • 3 September 2015
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    Tu es rayonnante !!
    Maintenant j’ai envie de tester la double gaze, merci !

  • 3 September 2015
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    kim

    i’m so glad that you’ve discovered double gauze!! isn’t it absolutely a dream to work with? you look radiant and the top is lovely!

  • 3 September 2015
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    elle est magnifique cette tunique! et tu es resplendissante!!!

  • 3 September 2015
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    Tu es superbe et ta tunique aussi. Je te rejoins sur les patrons 2ème arrondissement. Les modèles sont chouettes mais pour le reste… Je débutais en couture quand je me suis lancée dans ces patrons… J’ai eu du mal… Cela dit j’ai appris beaucoup de choses, notamment en bidouillage! ? même problème pour les basques (10h et 12h). Par contre, ce qui est top c’est que ce sont des modèles qui peuvent se porter après grossesse sans souci!
    Je prends toujours beaucoup de plaisir à te lire, tant pour le contenu que par tes mots et tes petites expressions de chez toi ☺️
    Merci!!!

  • 4 September 2015
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    Julie

    Superbes (Tunique, tissu et future maman) !!!

  • 4 September 2015
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    fifine51

    Cette tunique est sublime et vous êtes rayonnante 🙂
    Quant au tissu, ça fait un certain qu’il me fait de l’oeil… je crois que je vais sauter le pas !

  • 4 September 2015
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    Trop joli malgré les difficultés rencontrés avec le patron. 🙂

  • 4 September 2015
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    Ta tunique est superbe, le tissu excellent, du Nani Iro, tu ne pouvais pas être déçue 🙂
    Je trouve cependant que tu es un peu serrée au niveau de la poitrine, ce qui n’est pas forcément agréable…Je sais, je viens de me planter sur une blouse aussi et me sens mal dedans, tout comme toi je vais reprendre mes marges que j’ai dû faire trop larges…Elle sera parfaite après la naissance de ton bébé, toutes mes félicitations d’ailleurs 🙂

  • 4 September 2015
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    Tu es resplendissante et ta tunique très jolie, pleine de poésie dans ce magnifique tissu!

  • 4 September 2015
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    J’aime bcp cette blouse! Le tissu, le tombé de la chemise, les plis… tout ! Et puis, elle met bien en valeur ton joli bidon…

  • 4 September 2015
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    Ta tunique est adorable et tu dégages une sérénité réjouissante. Tous mes voeux pour la suite.

  • 7 September 2015
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    Je n’avais jamais vu ce si joli tissu en version portée, je trouve ton choix vraiment délicieux, bravo !

  • 10 September 2015
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    This is beautiful! I have never sewed with double gauze before but I am going to have to splurge on some, I think! 🙂 You are looking amazing, by the way!

  • 12 September 2015
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    WHAAAA !! j’adore ce tissu!! et j’adore cette tunique !! BRAVO !!

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