While I never mind dressing for pregnancy, it is the post partum period that seems most difficult to dress for me. After 9 months, I’m more than happy to pack away all my maternity clothes, but nothing from my regular wardrobe seems to fit quite right. As well, the problem of trying to find clothes that are convenient to breastfeed in adds to the stress.
Even though this time is brief, I still like to have a few transition pieces that make me feel pretty and put together, but that also hide the excess weight and are cut so that I can feed my baby. The Willow Top from Love Notions was exactly the pattern I was looking for.
The ruched side is very flattering and hides the extra bumps and lumps around my middle. As well, the wrap front makes feeding easy. I did cut the higher neckline, but still found it a bit low for myself to wear without a tank top underneath. Even though I am 5’9″, the top was plenty long enough, and the front extension adds interest.
The fabric I chose was a slinky poly/rayon knit I bought locally. I was between sizes, but choose the smaller size according to the advice in the pattern (this is size L). The only change I made was to use clear elastic to gather the side, rather than gathering the traditional way with basting stitches. As usual, sewing a Love Notions pattern was a pleasure, with everything clearly laid out and well drafted. I highly recommend this pattern, and hope to try the view with the straight hem soon!