The first of many, I hope! This is a free pattern from Grainline Studio, a simple one-size boxy shirt for knit fabrics. I used a light, tissue-weight cream and navy striped knit and I’m pretty pleased with the results. The only big hang-up I have is my lack of pattern-matching skills (or cutting skills in general), which resulted in the front and back being different lengths, which resulted in me hemming the back way shorter to keep them an even length, which results in the back hem curling up because the hem is so short.
Next time, despite the belly, I’ll take in the sides a bit; it’s a bit too boxy for how I like to dress in public (perfectly fine for layering or for staying around the house). I will shorten the sleeves too. Pairing this shirt with these jeans (a size up from normal that are happily still seeing me through my current pregnancy) reads a bit too “mom” to me, especially with my new haircut (which, frustratingly, did not have the desired effect and adds to the soccer mom vibe).
It’s really comfortable, despite that I don’t think I will ever wear it out in public (except for underneath sweaters, jackets, coats, etc.), it’s an excellent shirt for lounging, and I can see it in heavy rotation when I’m on maternity leave. I’ve been on the hunt for a similar weight jersey in other colors, plain white being my main goal, but any sort of modern, subtle print would be wonderful. Haven’t come across too many sources in Belgium of good printed jersey not meant for kids. Um, Mama needs cute clothes too!
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