After my failure to make the white shirt from the last post long enough in the front I was determined not to do that again. Well I've certainly avoided that problem with the latest blouse I've sewn, with tons of length to spare. In fact if my bump grows big enough to need the extra length I've included this time around I will freak out. See for yourself:
Ha ha I crack myself up sometimes! I suppose I could re-hem the front and shorten it slightly so that the dip at the front is not so exaggerated, but that would mean adding something else to my extremely long to do list so I think I shall live with it.
In answer to Dib's question posted in the comments to the last post about whether I'm only modifying Burda patterns for maternity wear the answer is no - it only seems that way. I try to pick patterns that already have a hint of maternity about them so that it's not too difficult to modify them, and it just so happens that Burda have been specialising in patterns for loose flowing smock / potato sack styles that are ripe for modification! But the added benefit of Burda is that since I'm already tracing them out it's convenient to make the modifications to the pattern at the same time.
But for this blouse I used Simplicity 4589 because it was an easy style to modify given that it has no shape to it whatsoever. All I had to do to make it work was to increase the width of the front by about 10cm, and increase the amount of gathering under the yoke to accommodate that extra width. Actually I used a series of small pleats across the front because I think it looks neater than gathering. I also made a matching tie to wear with it because without cinching it in it has a bit of old fashioned smock look about it.
I made this in a soft cotton which I recently purchased from Spotlight for no particular reason, so I was glad it didn't join the stash and instead got make into something quickly. The fabric though had huge potential for misplacement at the bustline (if you get my drift) but thankfully with the gathers across the front I shouldn't have that problem.
Although this is comfortable to wear, looking at these photos I think I should have made the next size up across the bust because it looks a little tight under the arms. Clothes not fitting me at the bust is certainly not a problem I've had before! Perhaps widening the yoke would let the front fall more freely.
In answer to the comments in the last post, Carol I think the reason the white shirt stayed clean is because I work it to work and didn't spend the day with Anna. As with all toddlers she is a major mess magnet and I usually get some fallout from her too! Gail I am hoping to wear this post maternity, I'm sure that by adding the pleats at the front and elastic casing around the waistline that it will be a flattering fit.
And now to get on with the rest of my to do list - why is it christmas seems to come around more quickly every year?