Halfway there is a good time to make an announcement, right? After I finished sewing the Wild Things vests, Aria kept telling me I needed to take a break and sew something for myself before I started my next difficult project (sewing jeans for my boys: follow along on Instagram to see my progress.) How could I resist something as persuasive as that? The only problem was…a growing waistline, and no patterns that worked. Then I remembered the very intelligent Adrianna, the designer behind Hey June Handmade, had created a tutorial on how to modify the Lane Raglan for maternity wear.
After digging through my stash, I grabbed some mustard knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, leftover from this Aster Cardigan, and some blue brush strokes stripe fabric from Cali Fabrics, leftover from making this skirt.
I used her tutorial to make a maternity Lane Raglan with only 2 changes. I added 6” instead of 4” to the length of the front because I’m tall like that! And then I used one size larger on the front piece and my regular size for the back and sleeves. And you know what? I love it!!! A maternity shirt with the sleeves long enough? Plus, comfortable, with wide enough shoulders and long enough to cover my bump the whole nine months? Unheard of unless I wanted to pay a whole bunch of money! So of course I made a second one.
On the second maternity Lane Raglan, I made one more slight change; I widened the width of the neckband after seeing someone else do it on Instagram, and it’s pretty cool too. For this second one I grabbed more fabric from my stash, a charcoal bamboo knit from Cali Fabrics, leftover from this skirt, and a floral fabric from Girl Charlee that I’ve used on this skirt and this cardigan. The floral fabric has 2 way stretch and fits a little tighter, so it might not make it the whole 9 months. But we’ll see.
There are some clothes in my regular wardrobe that would probably work for some or most of the pregnancy, but I like to put away all my “regular” clothes and only wear maternity clothes when I’m pregnant. Then after I give birth, it’s sort of like my birthday too with all the new clothes I get to wear again!
So after making these two maternity Lane Raglans, I did something drastic: I cut off all the sleeves on all my maternity tops that were too short and hemmed them short sleeve length. Because this pregnancy, I don’t have to settle for maternity tops that don’t fit right! I can make myself all the maternity Lane Raglan tops that I want!
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