If you sew knits or are interested in sewing them at all, you probably own or have at least heard of the Wendy Mullin (Built By Wendy patterns) book Sew U Home Stretch
I bought this book last year sometime and just got around to cracking it open in the last couple months. I love it! There are 3 base patterns, and instructions on how to alter those patterns to create 21 patterns in all. For example, the crew top, one alteration shows you how to turn it into a boatneck by adding and subtracting from the pattern in certain places. I for one, am one of those people that need very specific instructions to accomplish this, at least the first go round!
Because of my impending need of stretchy clothes I decided to give this book some attention recently. The first pattern I chose to use is the "What a Waist" shirt pattern. It features a curved hem, scoop neck and elasticized waist.
To accommodate my growing bump, I raised the waist to just under my bustline. Other than that, I sewed the shirt as the pattern intended.
The fabric is a super thin ribbed jersey. Back in February, I met Cindy from Cation Designs downtown. After checking out the FIDM museum (film costumes), we hit the FIDM store. It was my first time there and I scored a bunch of knit fabrics. It's funny, she actually mentions in this post about what we become accustomed to price wise here in LA. Most of the fabric was $1 yard, and I started balking at the bolts marked $5. Five dollars! What a little snobby snob I became! Anyway, this purple knit is from that haul. I got 2 yards of it (60" wide), and still have a bunch left over after this shirt.
I didn't check my differential feed, I was hurrying, so there is a little gathering at the side seams, but guess what? I don't care! This shirt cost a buck, muahahaha! If it can take me through this pregnancy, sweet.
Overall, the pattern is super easy to follow, with great pictures illustrating the steps. The only thing I noticed was missing was the length elastic to use for the neck, but no biggie, it's easy to figure out.
I like to make funny faces at my husband
Also, you can see, my self-altered maternity jeans, huzzah! I bought a few pairs of cheapo jeans, chopped off the waistband and removed the zipper, then sewed the zipper opening shut. I made a knit tube of fabric and sewed it to the waistband of the jeans. It can be worn up over my belly or folded down under it. In the future, I would do a nude fabric, so it couldn't be seen under light colored tops. However, all I had on hand at the time was black knit, and I was too lazy/cheap to go buy any more fabric :-b
There's a bunch of tutorials floating around the blogosphere on how to do this alteration, so I won't bore you with instructions. Just google "DIY maternity jeans" if you're curious :)