Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Wrapped Maternity Top

on July 22 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Trends | by | with 64 Comments

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long in our Favorite Indie Patterns series! Comment for a chance to win this pattern…

Name: Wrapped Maternity Top

Brand: Megan Nielson

Description: The Wrapped Maternity Top is an incredibly chic and comfortable wrap around maternity top designed to grow with your growing belly. To wear simply wrap the sashes around your belly until you get the desired look, and then tie at hip level. The pattern comes with three sleeve options (sleeveless, elbow and long), wrapped variation as well as a cropped sweater, and crop top variation. Due to its versatile design this pattern will see you through all events and all stages of pregnancy.

Format: Available as a PDF via www.megannielsen.com, Available as a paper pattern through Simplicity patterns as Simplicity 1468

Skill Level: Beginner

Techniques Involved: Sewing with stretch fabrics

Sizes: XS – XL

Recommended Fabrics: Stretch knits with at least 40% stretch. Four way stretch is not required, but is recommended.

Price: $12 AUD

Customer Examples:

Erin from Especially Creative Broad

Chie from Vivat Veritas

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! Have you sewn with stretch knits? Do you have any tips or tricks for sewing with stretch knits? What about sewing clothing for pregnancy (and post-pregnancy!)?… Do you have any great experiences, tips or patterns to share? Comment for a chance to win the Wrapped Maternity Top!

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64 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Wrapped Maternity Top

  1. crystalpleats says:

    I’m pregnant and would love to give this top a try.

  2. Megan says:

    Need to start sewing maternity clothes!

  3. Tori says:

    I use a ballpoint needle and for hems I use a twin needle.

  4. Susan says:

    Such a cute top! Yes, I have sewn with knits. I don’t really have any tips though.

  5. kim says:

    no experience, but I am surely in need of maternity tops!!

  6. Caroline Niziol says:

    Second pregnancy, would love to make some of my clothes this time. It’s all about tops and skirts for comfort!!

  7. Lea says:

    I have only sewn a few garments, but I had much more success with garments made with knit fabrics.

  8. marjolein says:

    i would love to try this pattern

  9. Anastasia says:

    I would love to try this pattern! I’m 33 weeks pregnant with my first child. I would have loved to have a shirt like this earlier! It would be a great option when we try for child #2.

  10. alex says:

    I love my walking foot for sewing knits. I hope I win this pattern. I’m 5’10″, 6 months preggo and at risk of showing under belly with all the short RTW maternity tops. :-S

  11. Kiera W says:

    I have sewn a pretty fair amount with knits and love them.

  12. Jessica w says:

    knits are the main thing I have sewn with thus far, and my biggest tip is using a serger

  13. Mary says:

    I’ve sewn a ton of knits for my daughter, but only a few things for myself. I hated the maternity options then, so I’m excited to try sewing some of my own maternity clothes this time around!

  14. Sherry says:

    I sewn very little with stretch knits but would love to make this top for my daughter who is expecting my first grandchild.

  15. Laura says:

    I love this top! I don’t have any tips, but I found buying maternity clothes to be a frustrating exercise – everything was overpriced but cheaply made, and it could be hard to get stuff to fit the seasons (shopping for maternity clothes in January/Feb and everything was short-sleeved!) I think with my next pregnancy I will definitely try my hand at making my own clothes.

  16. Jolien says:

    I’ve sewn several things with stretch fabrics, but mainly for kids. I did sew one maternity top for me, but it stayed at the bottom of my tee-shirt-pile… Not much of a success. Would love to win a good pattern to sew a good top next time. :) I like the look of the wrap top a lot.

  17. Kat H says:

    I love sewing with knits! Although it does depend on the knit – things like merino are fabulous to sew with. Lightweight flimsy knits, not so much, as they’re a lot harder to wrestle into line when stitching them up….

    My top indie patterns for maternity (so far, I’m 27 weeks pregnant!) are the Anouk and Simone from Victory Patterns, the Coppelia wrap cardi and Anima pants from Papercut, and the Plaintain tee from Deer & Doe. None of which are technically maternity patterns, but I’ve found they all work well to accommodate a baby bump, especially for the first 25 weeks or so. :-)

  18. Angie Dixon says:

    This shirt is perfect for pregnancy and nursing postpartum. I havent sewn much with knits but Im about to start learning as im going to soon be sewing my own fitted cloth diapers. For the next pregnancy, though I hope to make a lot of my own clothes.

  19. Meg says:

    I recently started sewing with knits and I am addicted! No real tips on sewing with them, but I love using my twin needle for hems… set the stitch length long!

  20. Anne Marie says:

    I don’t have a whole lot of experience with knits but would love to win this pattern to work on that. The top looks so nice and comfy.

  21. Stacia says:

    I’ve never sewn with stretch knits, but I want to learn. I’ve just never had the right type of pattern.

  22. Rebecca says:

    I sew with knits frequently, but not maternity clothes. If I ever get pregnant, I’ll have a top to sew!

  23. Linda says:

    Some of the best tips for sewing with knits is to cut off selveage of the fabric prior to cutting, use lots of ballpoint pins, and use a ballpoint or stretch needle while sewing with a narrow zigzag or stretch stitch.

  24. Melissa E says:

    I’m trying now but the learning curve is steep!

  25. Dita says:

    I have not yet sewn with knits! However I heard that it’s very important to use ball-point needle!

  26. Nancy says:

    Tiny zigzag stitch for seams. Fold over elastic for edge finishes. Pfaff machines with IDT (built in walking foot). A sense of whimsy!

  27. Lili says:

    I’ve started to sew knits over a year ago. And preferably I sew thicker jersey knits(Lillestoff). The rib knit usually drive me a little more insane than the normal jersey knits. ;) The more stretch you have the more you want to set your walking foot to slow (on my serger that’s 0.5 and it can go up to 1.5) This will help you from stretching the fabric out while sewing it. If you want to add a collar or hems to sleeves with a second knit fabric, I always cut the fabric for the hems smaller by almost 1/5 than how big the exact hole is. You will have to stretch the fabric for the hems, when you attach them, but it will help to keep your hems and collars in shape.

  28. Lindsay H says:

    I love sewing with stretchy knits! I find them very forgiving and they tend to have such nice drape!

  29. Sally F. says:

    No experience with knits! I need something I really love to motivate me to try! This top would be great for post-pregnancy, too!

  30. connie says:

    I would love to have this pattern to make as gifts for young unwed Moms.

  31. Emily says:

    I like to cut out my knits right before sewing them and use a ball point needle and walking foot. Knit stay tape is a must for pretty hems.

  32. Gidget says:

    This top is just perfect!
    I have not sewn with knits much but for this top I would.

  33. Lisa says:

    I was just looking at this pattern last week when I was searching for maternity tops! I love it!

  34. Alana says:

    I am still learning to work with knits, but I usually use a walking foot. I love how pulled together this top looks!

  35. Ashley says:

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!
    My advice for stretch fabrics is make sure you don’t pull your fabric when you’re sewing, and if you’re not using a serger, a walking foot is your best friend.

  36. Bettie Gilbert says:

    I haven’t sewn much with knits since my kids were young, 25 years ago! Now my daughter is pregnant, and I want to try out the “new” knits! Would love to have this pattern to help!

  37. Megan C says:

    Would love this. I am Oregon with my third daughter and need something to wear in a family photo. This would be perfect!

  38. Rachel says:

    I have limited experience with knits, but I use the lighting stitch and adjust the tension to reduce waves. If this doesn’t help, you can always fall back on the walking foot. This is my sixth pregnancy and I gave away most of my clothes after the last baby. I could really use this pattern.

  39. Hannah Jurgelis says:

    Totally new to sewing but would love this pattern! Little to no experience, but this would inspire me to get better.

  40. teri c says:

    I haven’t sewn knits much. Maternity patterns seem to be getting more available now so I might try for daughter-in-law.

  41. Ashley says:

    I love these maternity patterns. I do enjoy sewing knits, they were actually what got me into sewing regularly! So I guess I can say that they aren’t as tough to work with as you probably think. I prefer them to woven’s because they make such comfy clothing :)

  42. Marah says:

    I prefer to sew with knits for my kids but haven’t quite been brave enough to sew for myself but I am hoping to have more children and this looks perfect to make for that time! Here’s to hoping!

  43. Megan says:

    I have sewn with stretch knits and since both my sister and sister-in-law are both pregnant right now, this could be a good pattern to sew up.

  44. Camille says:

    Wow this is beautiful! I am 14 weeks today and this would be perfect for my expanding belly!

  45. I’m finding that I’m liking using knits the more I sew with them. I wonder how this lovely looking pattern would look on a non-pregnant body.

  46. Amy G says:

    I rarely sew with stretch knits. I have very limited fabric shop options near me, so most of my fabric comes from online, but I like to see and feel my knots before buying them!

  47. I´m six months pregnant and I´d love to try this pattern!!!!

  48. Elaine Satterfield says:

    Love this top! I don’t sew with knits, but i want to and do have a walking foot!

  49. Elaine Satterfield says:

    This top is so cute! Knits scare me a little…but I do have a walking foot and would love to try this out!

  50. I never sew with stretch fabric. I need to find some nice fabrics. As I am on my early pregnancy, I need to look for new patterns.

    Thanks

  51. Lelia Lyon says:

    Walking foot! It will seriously change your sewing life.

  52. Sarah says:

    I sewed most of my own maternity clothes. One of the biggest lessons I learned doing so was that the clothing details I liked in regular clothes were the same I liked in maternity wear (amount of ease, waistband placement, etc.). I had expected my likes to be different but they weren’t.

  53. Heather Burris says:

    As just this morning I struggled to find a comfortable maternity top, I’d LOVE to win this pattern! Haven’t done a ton of sewing with knits, but I’d love to start :) Thanks for the opportunity!

  54. Miet says:

    I have not yet senw with knits, but I plan on trying it soon – I’ve already purchased Colette’s Myrtle! I’ve had my eye on this pattern ever since I was pregnant with my first, 4 years ago.

  55. Joy says:

    This pattern is perfect, just what I was looking for

  56. Kelly Bryan says:

    I only have a little bit of experience sewing with knits. I have made myself two Renfrew tops, which came out fairly well and a couple of things for my daughter (which were hit and miss). I am currently 27 weeks pregnant with girl #2, so this pattern would be amazing to get now!

  57. Claire Crum says:

    I havevvlittle experience with knits. This would be a great motivator to learn more as I grow more :)

  58. Amanda Renea says:

    Oooh, this is cute! I’m hoping to have a reason to wear this next year, maybe! I have sewn with knits before, but I don’t have any tips yet as I’m still trying to find the best methods myself!

  59. Adri H. says:

    I’ve grown to love sewing with knits and using a narrow zig-zag with a stretch needle is the first and biggest tip. Secondly, I just had a baby 2 months ago and can say sewing for a pregnant and post-pregnant body means stretchy fabrics are your best friend! My best investment were tops that worked for pregnancy and nursing too. Now that baby is here, it’s all about the nursing tops!

  60. Virginia says:

    Didn’t sew maternity clothes when having my first child, but am inspired for the next round!

  61. Gemma says:

    With two new nieces, I’ve done lots of stretchy maternity sewing lately! My only tip for knits is to use Wonder Tape for hems – I love it.

  62. Suzie says:

    I’ve only started sewing with knits so I don’t really have much advice to impart but I will say that it was a LOT easier than I thought it was going to be! Hurray! I would love to win this pattern. I’m not pregnant at the moment but I’m hoping that may change in the next year or so! This pattern seems like the PERFECT way to stay warm and snuggly during all stages of pregnancy.

  63. Kelie says:

    I am going to need this soon and have been eyeballing Megan’s patterns for a while. :)

  64. Sarah says:

    I made lots of stretchy shirts when pregnant! I found a walking foot made huge difference

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