Sunday, March 8, 2009

Back in the saddle...BWoF 08-2008-124 tunic invites reader participation

Hey there folks! I think my blog silence is now over - I've had an interesting 2009 so far, but very little sewing going on.

So what has me so preoccupied that I can't find the time for my favorite creative outlet? I'm expecting! Thus far, it has been an easy pregnancy (knock on wood with me here, people) with very little to disrupt my life except for the usual symptoms. We don't know what the sex of the baby is yet and, frankly, we're not sure if we will be finding out - so few surprises left, I say :-)

It's all very exciting and now that I am approaching the 5 month marker, I find myself growing out of my regular clothes. I don't know about any one else, but, man oh man, is it hard to find attractive maternity clothes! I am on the taller side - 5'9" and prefer a 34" inseam on my pants - and this made it near impossible to find decent jeans that were long enough! The only pants that had enough length were close to the $200 mark, which is really out of my budget, never mind the fact they didn't fit quite right in the rear. Apparently, the market for designer jeans does not include rear ends so the labels must accommodate. Who knew? Anyhow, I discovered Gap Maternity does come in long lengths, but only to 33", which means flats only, no heels. I bit the bullet, found the right size on-line and live in these jeans pretty much from Friday to Sunday.

Tops are another story all together, and this brings me to my latest endeavour: Burda World of Fashion 08-2008-124. It is a tunic style top with a drawstring at the empire waist line.




Overall, it's an interesting look. I'm about 80% completed - just permanent stitching for the sleeves (still basted but as the hard part of setting in sleeves is done, this will be quick work), hems and the drawstring left. Frankly, I'm on the fence regarding the success of the top. Typical Burda, it's super low cut - just above the line where decency would be called to question. And with the wide neckline, the shoulders have a tendency of slipping. This could probably be helped by adding bra strap holders, which might also control the neckline a bit more.

What do you think of it belted? I'm on the fence as to whether to even go through the trouble of adding the drawstring and just going with a belt for now.
I'm leaning towards the less complicated option of belt loops and calling it a day. With the belt, I think the top is quite fetching - pretty darn close to the model photo and I'm actually pregnant. I am convinced that the majority of maternity clothes are modeled by regular models with the false preggo-belly strapped on. I've been forced to conclude it's a big conspiracy to make normal women feel totally huge and inadequate in our obsessed-with-being-thin society. But, I digress...

Conversely, I could just leave the waist out all together for when I get really big.


What do you think? Drawstring, belt, or waistless smock? I have created a poll on the side bar. What say you, my public?

16 comments:

Linda said...

Congratulations!!! I was just thinking about you yesterday. How bizarre that you would post today.

I think all the versions of your top look great, so I'm no help. How's the sewing group? Say hi for me.

Sewer-Sewist said...

Congratulations!!! Josh & I are thrilled to hear your happy news!

~Sarah

Sue said...

Congratulations - enjoy this time -it is a total roller-coater, so just go with it...

craftyprofessor said...

Welcome back! And congratulations! The top looks great.

aurelia.donka said...

So happy to hear this pregnancy is going well. I was in Glendale last week and was thinking about you.

The tunic is very cute. Put the beltloops on and wear it without the belt when you get bigger. Then put the belt back in for post-partum wear.

Melissa said...

I tried to post a comment but Google must have eaten it. Anyway I said how wonderful you're pregnancy is progressing so uneventfully. :-) Love to top, I say leave it loose and use a belt when you feel like it, that way you're not locked into anything and it can grow with you. Congrats!!!

Christina said...

Congratulations on the pregnancy, that is wonderful!

I saw a thing in Lucky mag a long time ago where they styled a pregnant staff member and did exactly what you are showing - belt just above the pregnant tummy. I like this look.

Stacey said...

Congrats! I think the belt is more modern than the drawstring. And it's good to have the full-n-loose option when you're bigger.

Birgitte said...

Congratulations! Enjoy this time, plenty of relaxing- and don't be afraid to tell people no when they want to touch your wonderful belly, just let them admire from a distance :) (except your DH of course!)

You look adorable with the belt, I say keep it.

Tany said...

Hey, congratulations!!!!!

Love the tunic!

cidell said...

Big congratulations! And, I like it belted. Very cute :)

Chicago Sarah said...

Welcome back! Congratulations on your good news, and I'm glad you are still sewing! I think the belt is cute, maybe just tack on the loops so you can take them out and wear it loose later on. FYI you are looking quite slim for a pregnant lady at five months! :)

Birgitte said...

I nominated you for the Sisterhood Award!

goodworks1 said...

Congratulations!!!

I really like that top! About 30+ years ago I had to make all my clothing when pregnant -- none were even close to covering the full length of my body parts...And I'm only 5'8"!

Jenny said...

Congratulations and welcome back! Kudos for acutally making an article of maternity clothing for yourself! I had plans to make a few things for myself, but ran out of time/energy.

You're right about the Gap Maternity jeans; they are the best for us tall preggos. I still prefer dresses most days. Unfortunately the off-the-rack maternity dresses look scandalously short on me. I decided not to care. I've got less than two months to go and my legs still don't look pregnant from the knees down, so I'm just letting them hang out there.

I'm looking forward to seeing you back in action!

Nancy K said...

Congratulations. Pregnant is not fat! Enjoy your pregnancy.
I like the drawstring option, but it looks good with the belt too.