Pattern: Simplicity pattern #1472. This pattern in vintage (circa 1950s) and is not available on their website, but they frequently do reprints of their vintage patterns, so check them out!
Fabric: Mood Fabrics Theory Sand and Mother Goose Striped Cotton-Elastane Sateen. Product #304849. Currently still in stock. The description on their website reads, “Glossy, yet sophisticated, perfect for business attire! Here we have a classy, light-weight, cotton and elastane blended sateen in a fantastic, almost tone on tone, sand and mother goose colored stripe. The feel of this material will leave you breathless due to its silky smooth and excitingly soft hand. With its crisp drape and superb on directional stretch, this material could be used to create a gorgeous blouse, dazzling pants, fantastic formal or casual dresses, and more!”
- 59″ wide
- $9.99 a yard
Extras: Skirt is also made by me (a maternity skirt using a vintage pattern) but I’ve lost track of the details.
As discussed in my previous post, I’ve learned to appreciate the virtues of pleating! This fabric is a dream to work with and very affordable. By the time I got around to finishing this project, I was no longer pregnant. However, this piece is extremely convenient for breastfeeding in public, and for masking my changing post-partum figure. In this current culture climate, I feel it is necessary for me to emphasize that this isn’t meant to criticize post-partum bodies, but simply to share the convenience this piece offers to those of us who like privacy, and don’t enjoy clingy clothes.
The only downside to this top is that it has the tendency of blowing up, up, and away in a breeze. A tank top underneath may be a wise addition on blustery days.
And here is the top in its natural habitat: squished up against a mischievous child that is focusing all her energy on preventing me from eating my lunch at a local Colombian restaurant (I ordered the bandeja paisa con carne asada for those of you that care). Second-Born looks on, proud of her protégé.