I got two really fun e-mails on the same day in mid-November. Kelli from True Bias contacted me to ask if I’d be a tester for her Mini Hudson pant pattern. Jenny from The Southern Institute also e-mailed me to ask if I’d like to participate in a blog hop featuring patterns from the Sew Fab Pattern Sale Winter Women’s bundle. I was really excited about both opportunities, but of course I had to figure out if the Sew Fab pattern bundle had anything that could be modified for maternity wear. Jenny assured me that there were some patterns that I should be able to modify and that there was a bag option as well.
So I jumped at the chance to do both. I’ll be sharing Luke’s Mini Hudsons soon and today I’m going to show you the first of two items I made from the Sew Fab Sale. This is a really great pattern bundle that features 10 brand new women’s patterns for $29.95. I love that the patterns are all new. I’ve been interested in a few other pattern bundles that have come out recently but I almost always have one or more of the patterns that are included. (Yes, I’m a bit of a pattern junkie!)
I had already modified a Straight Stitch Designs pattern into a maternity shirt so at first I thought I’d try to modify the Capitol Hill top. But the more I looked at the Extraordinary Girl top the more I was drawn to it. I love the lapped shoulder detail and the fact that it could be customized with contrasting yoke fabric. I searched high and low in my stash but came up empty handed for two knits that would work together for this top. I ended up doing some top stitching on my yoke seams to add some interest.
I love how this top turned out. I cut between a size M and L for the upper part of the shirt. (Non-pregnant I would be fine with a medium.) Then I took my favorite maternity sweater and traced from the underarms to the hem to get the flowy shape. It fits perfectly and I’ve been wearing it a lot. At this stage of pregnancy, (finally 3rd trimester!!) I don’t want anything constricting. I love the fabric I used, too. It’s this Art Gallery knit and it’s so soft and cozy. I think I should be able to take this in down the side seams after the baby comes and continue to wear it. I will definitely be making this pattern again after baby.
You can check out the Sew Fab pattern bundle here! (The details about each pattern and size charts are listed here.) The bundle is available until December 15. I’ll be back soon with photos of my second project from the bundle!
p.s. These patterns were provided to me free of charge but all opinions are my own.