Although, in the defense of the pattern industry, the current line of empire-waist blouses is far more flattering than the balloon-stylings of the 1980s. Good Lord, back then if you didn't have a giant lace collar and about 7 yards of fabric, you just weren't maternal. But I digress.
Okay. There aren't many patterns, and most of them are for not-so-stylish clothes. I get that. But there are some simple classics you shouldn't be able to really mess up, right? And some simple rules that should ensure at least a *close to accurate* fit.
Once upon a time (8 years ago, during my first pregnancy) I made a sleeveless summer top from McCall's 3940 and loved it.
|Flashback! T at 24 weeks gestation.|
Armed with this knowledge AND a careful set of measurements of my now-larger form AND a mistrust for pattern ease (I've been burned before on the bust thing...see previous post), I identified my size as between two and erred in the favor of the larger. I recreated the pattern *two full sizes up* from the original.
Witness my new shirt, which other than some damn fine construction (which I failed to accurately document as my camera no longer zooms or focuses correctly)...has really nothing to recommend it.
|Mom? I left my feet, clad only in clashing socks, so you could comment on them. Come on, you know you're dying to.|
Okay, I will grant that I am going to need something roomy. Each successive pregnancy culminates in a final belly that is freakishly, painfully huge. I could *use* a tent to accomodate what I'll eventually be carrying out front.
But look at the bust ease on this thing.
|You have GOT to be kidding me.|
|My X-ray vision powers are legendary.|
Granted, the shoulders are also too wide, so in retrospect I should have opted for the smaller of my two potential sizes. But even so, if *I* were a pattern designer, I'd consider embracing the A-line. Fit it better at the shoulders/chest, then flare the hem for the belly. Crazy idea?
Yeah crazy like a fox. A pregnant fox who is not shaped like a box. Sigh. Back to the drawing board. Maybe it's time to take that leap and start drafting. Somehow I doubt I could do appreciably worse...