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March 17, 2011

35 weeks - MN1003 Wrap around maternity top variation

I'm 35 week pregnant this week! I can't believe how fast my whole pregnancy has gone. I only have 5 more weeks (or less) before baby Sophia Kiko will be born. By the way, I plan to avoid the subject of earthquakes and the nuclear power plant situation in this blog on purpose.   I'm not a news reporter (although my major in college was Broadcast Journalism..I'm such a bad writer!) and constantly dwelling on the whole situation makes me really nervous. So back to the good stuff, sewing and fashion, and the bright side of life here in Japan.
This week, I finally made myself the Meg Nielsen Maternity top variation. The original top looks like this. I think the top is great for the third trimester pregnant body.  So, I decided to do a Chie remix of the dress for a couple of reasons.  First I do not have jeans that fit me comfortably any longer so I needed to find a way to cover my bottom half. Also I wanted to make it a bit dressier because I planned on wearing this on my baby shower, which had to be canceled....because of the earthquake (I guess I couldn't completely avoid the topic). So using Meg's pattern, I made some alteration and turned it into a dress. 

I used two-way stretch jersey in peach color. After finding out that I'm pregnant with a baby girl, I find myself wearing more pink - Not sure why, but I want to feel girly in pink and peach and all that pretty colors of Spring.

I love how the dress turned out, and I've already worn it once. It's so comfortable! I think the criss cross front might work well for nursing as well.

When I wore this dress, Andy made a confession - he said one of the most unflattering pieces of clothing I own is a pair of black opaque tights. I was shocked. That's my uniform! Since I barely wear pants, I wear black opaque tights almost every day. I had no idea he thought they were ugly. So I decided to switch to half sheer gray tights to pair with my new dress.

So here is a tutorial on how I turned Meg Nielson wrap around maternity top into a maternity dress!
There are 3 pattern pieces to her original top: Front, Back and Sleeves.

1. Alteration on front pattern piece:

2. Alteration on back pattern piece:
3. Alteration on sleeve pattern piece:
This step is not necessary, I lengthened the sleeve just because I wanted the dress to have long sleeves, but if you prefer the elbow length sleeves, you can just use the original sleeve pattern piece.

4. In addition to front, back and sleeve pattern pieces, you will need to draft an I-line skirt pattern yourself.
I used the pattern I drafted for the front cross dress from my Spring collection, and added 3 inches to the top to give it a high-waisted look. Perhaps you can try this tutorial to draft your I line skirt pattern, and omit the darts, because if you use stretchy fabric, you won't need darts.

I cut 4 pieces for the skirt: 2 for front and 2 for back. The reason for this is to layer (or line) the skirt because the fabric I used was rather thin, and I was afraid that it might be sheer.

I would love to see your version of the dress! I think this is a great addition to a wardrobe even if you are not pregnant. I'm already planning on making another one for myself...but only if I can finish the 12+ custom orders I have to waiting before Sophia Kiko comes!


Casey said...

I love your remix of this pattern! I've been eying it since I found her site originally, since it looks like it'd be the perfect piece to have on hand (whenever I get to the point of having a baby ;). Plus the light peach is such a beautiful color on you!

♥ Casey

Feel What's Real said...

so sweet photos :)


nette said...

You look so beautiful and this color is just like it has been made especially for you. :)

hana.k said...

I love this wrap dress! And the color is lovely on you :) wow only five weeks left!! She is going to be sooo cute!

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Emily said...

Gorgeous! I love your version.

redsilvia said...

You look beautiful in that dress! And the color is perfect for you, that must be why you're drawn to it.

I think Andy just thinks you're so beautiful that he wants to see every part of you, and must have been missing you're seeing your lovely legs ;-) How's he feel about leggings? Those are easy to make...

emmalemma said...

Very pretty. You make being pregnant look so elegant!

Paunnet said...

You look so sweet, this colour is really cute.
I if had to give up black opaque tights I'd be devasted (ok, no, but it would be sad), so I feel for you :)

Carolina said...

you are GORGEOUS!! and what a lovely top you made ^.^ your secret garden collection..i want it all, I am not kidding <3 jejeje

greetings & good vibes from Canada

LoveMakesTheGirl said...

Hi Chie! I'm sure you hear this all the time, but you make a very lovely and stylish pregnant lady :) The dress looks beautiful on you!

About the tights...I never wear jeans, so tights (typically black) are part of my uniform too. Maybe John doesn't like them either...? Yikes! But he and I don't always see eye to eye when it comes to my style. The other day he made a negative comment about my beloved yellow cardigan. I was shocked too!

Anyway, the gray tights are a good compromise! Take care of yourself and baby Sophia!

It's a Hoot! said...

I wish I had known how to make maternity clothes when I was pregnant only 8 short weeks ago! This dress is fantastic and you're just the most adorable pregnant woman I've ever seen.

oonaballoona said...

you look just gorgeous. if ever i get pregnant, i'm making thirty of these and calling it a nine months.

isn't it shattering when your man reveals something like that? i have a "go-to" outfit that i KNOW looks and fits perfect... that is until ruggy finally told me (after many wears) it was an absolute bust.

Ai said...

i always love wrap dress and yours looks more stunning coz of teh color.

That is a good idea Chie not to talk more about the tragedy, it will not be good of your pregnancy. take care and enjoy your pregnant days, u will miz that moment when baby is still inside u.

Naoko said...

Chie, you look so beautiful!!!

petiterepublic said...

i LOVE it! :D love the pink and the fit, you look so pretty and radiant in it! those stockings are good choices too, our hubbies have similar taste in that regard!

Kayla said...

wow this looks so nice, you did such an awesome job!

carlyjcais said...

I am so glad you are okay after the disasters in Japan! My mother and cousin, and all my husband's family, and so many of our friends, are there and it was devastating to be stuck here in the U.S. and unable to help.

I hope that all your friends and loved ones are okay!

I donated money to the Red Cross and Save the Children, and then decided to donate socks. There is an organization called Socks for Japan, based in Sano, that is asking for new socks from all over the world, with a care letter included, in order to provide some measure of comfort to all the survivors. The socks are going to be delivered directly to the people in the survivor camps. Their website is if you wanted to check it out, or felt moved to perhaps send something.

You look lovely in your dress and thank you for sharing the pattern!

miamoonlove said...

It's beautiful, & u look amazing!
I want one too!! :)

sarah said...

your dress is so cute you look really stylish in it and those grey tights go really well together.

lin3arossa said...

5 weeks or less could also turn into 5 weeks or more. Believe me, my daughter was fashionably late at 42 weeks. That being said, I love your dress!

35 weeks pregnant said...

I think it looks smart, classy and it's reasonable to demand. And, I am surely can say that that you feel happy and comfortable.

Photo Booth Girl said...

I was hoping that you would explain how you altered the pattern! Thank you! This is absolutely gorgeous.

vivatveritas said...

>photobooth girl

the pattern modification is explained in the post:) let me know if you have any questions!


A Jennuine Life said...

I'm hosting a Maternity/Nursing/Postpartum competition on my site - called Mother to Be, Being, Been. I'd love it if you entered a project!