There are a few things in the offing, though! First off, I drafted my first pattern. I've altered many patterns over the years, but have never designed a pattern from start to finish.
What I've discovered is that I loathe pattern drafting. That probably has something to do with the fact that I loathe mock-ups (I want my project done, and I want it done now!), and pattern drafting involves multiple mock-ups. Most of which have to be altered in some way, or even changed completely.
But my griping aside, the pattern is done and I'm thrilled with how it turned out.
It's my plan to transfer the pattern to PDF and offer it as a free pattern on my blog. It's quite simple (just six pieces), and will hopefully be a help to others who are in search of modest maternity patterns.
The pattern is based on this Gap maternity shirt that I found at Goodwill. It's roomy, comfy, and has empire belt loops (because without a belt, it looks like a big tent). I actually traced the yoke pieces to get the basic shape for my pattern, and then modified to my specifications.
Here's my version of the tunic:
The fabrics are not my favorite (especially for a shirt), but since this was a mock-up I didn't want to risk having to trash one of my better fabricsc. Also, the fabric has been neither washed nor ironed, so it's still a bit stiff and wrinkly. It should drape a bit better after a journey through the washer and dryer. But hopefully you get the idea.
I widened the yoke, since the Gap shirt has shoulder straps that are a little narrower than I'm usually comfortable with. Oh, and the shoulders on the yoke don't flare up on the sides as they do on my dress form -- apparently Yvonne's shoulders slope a bit more than mine.
Here's a close-up of the back yoke. The original Gap shirt I based it on has gathers at the yoke, but I thought pleats would mimic the front, and would also be easier to sew (I know it's lazy to avoid ten inches of gathering stitches, but oh well!).
So if my next attempt at this shirt is also successful, I'll consider my pattern complete and start transferring it to the computer! Granted, I only have it sized for my measurements, but it should work as a Small/Medium and the fit is fairly forgiving.
And though you've probably figured it out by now, there's something else in the offing around here.
The only reason I didn't let my pattern drafting frustration get the better of me, is that my expanding tummy has made some new maternity tops quite necessary! Lord-willing, Little Man's sibling will be making an appearance in the Fall. We are praising God for His many blessings!