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i first saw this shirt on linda’s blog months ago before getting pregnant, but i really liked the idea a lot and, seeing as i was hoping to have another baby, i bookmarked it. and good thing! it was a pretty easy project and it shows off the pregnant belly (instead of making the mother look like a whale like most maternity clothes!).
megan nielsen has lots of very cool patterns, but usually you need to buy them from her store. this one, on the other hand, is free! (update: i just checked and it’s no longer free, but it only costs $5. it’s worth more than that!) you can download the tutorial and pattern here.
it’s a shame that i didn’t write about this sooner because now it’s starting to get a bit chilly to use this (i made it this summer), but it would be very easy to make the sleeves longer and you can always put a cute bolero or something warmer on top of it. this pattern has two very long strips of fabric which are wound around the belly, so it will always fit you perfectly, whether you’re in your 3rd or 9th month. the only problem i had was that sometimes the strips move around a little and the bottom of the back piece can slip out from under them (because i’m on the tall side), but this can be easily fixed by lengthening that piece a bit when cutting out your fabric.
another thing that i learned: it’s MUCH better if you use a solid colored jersey fabric that is the same color on both the front and back. i used this printed jersey that i bought at the market for a steal more than a year ago, but the strips tend to roll over a little on the edges. with a solid color it wouldn’t be an issue, but fabrics with a print on them have a backside with a different color and faded-looking print, so it’s very obvious when the strips roll over even just a little.
i fixed this issue somewhat by folding over the edges all the way around the shirt and using a zig zag stitch (for this project you just cut the edges without sewing them because jersey doesn’t fray in the wash). and i must say that i prefer it like this anyway because i felt like it just wasn’t finished without hemming somewhat.
so i super advise this pattern for you or any of your pregnant friends! let me know if you try it, too!
p.s. the necklace and bracelet in the top picture are the next thing i’ll be writing about on this blog! stay tuned! 🙂