Friday, 25 March 2011

2 hour Maternity top

As many of you will know I'm expecting our second baby in a few months. I'm at that stage where I need proper maternity clothing, tops more than bottoms. I love many of the items for sale at Isabella Oliver as they are stylish as well as wearable. I also like the range of jersey tops they have which are fitted under the bump area instead of gaping, which in my opinion makes me look 5 times bigger! However, as usual I don't have the budget to fork out £49.00 on a plain jersey top so I set myself a challenge. As I'm busy with the summer collection, I don't have heaps of time so the challenge was to design, draft and make a simple, versatile maternity top which could be made in a couple of hours. Yesterday afternoon I managed to do just that!

I started off my altering an existing basic jersey top pattern. You can get the Lydia pattern from burdastyle for a dollar (or free if you email me, I'll send it to you).
I created ruching by cutting and spreading the tummy area, roughly the length of my bump.

For detail I altered the neckline so it was more of a bateau shape and also inserted a gathered shoulder yoke.

Then to finish it off I drafted some very simple grow on cap sleeves.
Voila! A simple jersey top which can be worn as it is or layered in colder weather.

The length and fitted hem is perfect for wearing as a gathered top (allowing you to wear your usual trousers with the fly undone) or a tunic. For this first top I used up some spare petrol coloured fine jersey I had in storage and it's incredibly comfortable, but I think I'll try using some jersey which is a little thicker but still very stretchy. I hope to be making a few more of these in the coming weeks and maybe try out a few other styles too.


  1. You look FAB! and thats such a nice style top! xxx

  2. What a clever girl you are, bola! it looks great too.

  3. I had no idea! Congratulations on baby #2!

  4. Wow Bola thats great! xx

  5. the shirt looks so great, all the best for you and your baby :)

  6. What a lovely top - I could have a go but my rendition would be 'Katy's 200 hour top' or something along those lines! xx

  7. Thanks for all the comments (and congrats) guys! I'm really glad you like the top! Lol Katy i'm sure it wouldn't take you as long as that, I think one of the key factors to sewing jersey quickly is using a serger. It would have taken me a bit longer if I didn't have my trusty serger to hand!


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