My Seamwork Akita, a post pregnancy blouse?

It’s been some time since my last post, so let’s catch up!

I am having a tough pregnancy.  Fortunately, we are in good health.  So far, so good.  But.  Thirty weeks in and I still feel pretty terrible.  There are good days and bad days but for the most part, I feel “pukey” most of the day and especially at night.  I have acid reflux and no appetite.  My belly is all baby, which is nothing to complain about if you fancy your skin being stretched over a basketball filled with varisized rocks that rotate around themselves and sometimes graze your bladder and impact your ribs.

It’s said that misery loves company.  And while I’m not so sure about that, the company I keep is a beautiful, sweet but equally messy and sassy, almost 3-year old girl.  She exhausts me.  The boy inside my belly exhausts me.  When I do get a moment to do what I want, my preference is to just lie down.  I am so done with pregnancy and I can’t wait for the evacuation of this baby boy from my uterus.  (And by evacuation, I mean, a safe and speedy, epidural-friendly childbirth.)

So, while I wait for the second sour patch kid to arrive, I dream of a new normal and the new handmade wardrobe that might make life just a bit sweeter.  And really, that’s all there really is to catch you up on.

Before I write about this latest project, I should mention that I have no interest in making or even buying maternity clothes.  However, making clothes that are comfortable and flattering post pregnancy, yes, for sure, I’m in.  I chose the Seamwork Akita blouse because I signed up for a subscription to Seamwork magazine (You get to download two free patterns per month with the subscription.) and the blouse intrigued me as a quick sew, one that I might be able to get away with wearing both during pregnancy and thereafter.

The first time that I made this blouse was not right.  I used store bought bias tape that was too bulky for the fabric.  I also skipped the stay stitching along the neckline resulting in a frumpy, neck-gaping top.  There is no mention of stay stitching in the instructions but frankly, I know better.  I chalk it up to having taken too long of a break from sewing and pregnancy brain.

This pattern instructions include the use of bias tape to finish the side seams, arm holes, and neckline.  I wanted to make the finished garment in a striped bubble crepe and the bias tape that I purchased was way too bulky (not to mention, unnecessarily labor intensive for me at this time).  I found the fabric at Joann’s and really liked the drape and feel despite it being a polyester blend.  It was also less than $5 a yard!

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Instead of using the bias tape, I opted to experiment with my new (second-hand) serger to finish the seams.  I used a rolled hem to finish the entire side seam and then stitched the sides closed on the sewing machine.  To finish the armholes, I simply folded the fabric over and stitched the hem in place.

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I made my own bias tape out of the same fabric for the neckline.  I would do this differently next time.  Instead of the same fabric, I would likely use a solid fabric of similar weight because you can clearly see through the neckline.  It looks messy, almost as if the colors are running together.

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There is enough ease in the pattern that it “fits” over my baby bump but it doesn’t hang in a very flattering way.  I am eager to try this on once the bump is gone.  And by “gone”, I mean, before the year or so it will take for my body to return to a new normal.

 

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Author: Rebecca

I am an engineer (formerly in oil and gas) and all around crafty gal. I am detailed oriented, analytical, and a tamed perfectionist. These traits have equally brought me success and grief. Oh, and I like to sew!

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