Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Stash Bustin' Peter Pan Collar Batwing Tops


Alrighty! Time to show you the first garments I've made with the conscious intention of accommodating a baby-bump. Out of all the plans and schemes I've come up with for the first half of my pregnancy, these are the items I'd be most likely to make if I wasn't pregnant. With so much to get my head round at the moment, it seemed to make sense to ease myself in gently into maternity sewing!


So here we have two batwing jersey tops with contrast woven Peter Pan collars from a self-drafted pattern. All the fabric used has been lurking in my stash for over six months and required bustin' outta there! In essence there are no differences between these tops and my previous leopard collar batwing top, except these are longer in length and a bit of extra width has been added from the waist down to make room for my bump. I have no idea how far into my pregnancy I'll be able to wear these, perhaps all the way through. However, they'll definitely be wearable again when I 'come out the other side', possibly requiring to be taken in again a little at the side seams if the jersey gets a bit stretched out. My aim is to sew exclusively with stash fabric for all my maternity needs as far as possible, but I only intend to use fabric I REALLY love if I KNOW it's a garment design I'd love to wear even if I wasn't pregnant and will be able to get heaps of wear from in the future. 


As I mentioned last month, I've got a total colour-crush on mustard-yellow. My recent mustard mariniere trousers creation weren't the only mustard plans I had in the pipe-line, knowing full well I had a decent length of this slinky jersey also residing dans le stash. Taking note of some of the helpful comments from my 'An Ode to Mustard-Yellow and Old Gold' post, I took to heart many people's lack of success wearing the colour next to their face. So I drafted a simple Peter Pan collar (see my how-to/tutorial here for my method) and used some white and navy spotty cotton to keep the mustard away from my skin tone. 

I really love this mustard top. The colour looks fabulous with my dark blue jeggings. Unfortunately the jersey fabric is so slinky that it shows up the lumps and bumps of the jeggings underneath, but stash busters can't be perfectionists!  


I can foresee a sad day in the future when my breton top is no longer wearable because it'll be too short before long. I'm very pleased to be able to add another dose of stripes into my wardrobe in the form of this batwing top. The anchor fabric that I made the collar from was harvested from a second-hand mens shirt I bought on a stall at a junk fair. The shirt itself was a bit worn and faded in places so I had to find a use for it that required picking and choosing sections rather than using the garment as a whole.


But wait! I still had some of the stripey fabric left! It's not a stash bust if there's a garment's worth remaining, IMO. I've been wanting to make my best mate a garment for a months now as it's been ages since I last made her anything. There wasn't enough of the jersey fabric to make the long sleeves, but I'd been wondering for a while what a T-shirt version of this style might look like. 


I made a bateau/slash neckline bound with the same fabric using the stripes in a different direction. I would have done the same for the the cuffs but there wasn't sufficient fabric to cut them in that direction. In the past I've made Vic lots of tops that have been too short in the body for her. I've finally come to realise that I have a high natural waist and she has a low natural waist, so even though we are more or less the same height, things that finish in a good place on me won't necessarily do so on her. FINALLY I hope I've learnt that lesson by making this top using the same longer length version of the pattern.  


So there we go. Three wearable tops made entirely from stash fabric (and therefore free!), two of which should accommodate my growing belly for a fair few months to come, and about 3.5 metres of fabric no longer clogging up the jersey shelf of my stash. Hurrah! 

86 comments:

johanna@projects by me said...

Very cute! Love those collars.

And looking at that fine striped top I wish I was your friend... :)

wendy said...

THey are gorgeous tops Zoe, looking forward to seeing them grow :)

Philippa said...

Great start to your maternity sewing! The tip about a contrasting collar for mustard near the face is a great tip. & your best friend is very lucky! The top works excellently with short sleeves.

Michelle said...

Love them both! They're perfect.

Hana said...

I love them both, they are very cute. And a big congratulations for your pregnancy:))

hellozoeb said...

Oh I was searching ans searching for a collar tutorial yesterday, how did I not find yours?! Thank you for this post....you read my googling mind!

Z

MrsC (Maryanne) said...

Gorgeous as always. But I have heard from my many friends with new bubbas that post baby, suddenly it's all about access for breast feeding, so buttn through, wrap over and other similar styles win through. :)

Kirsty said...

That mustard one is to die for.

Miriana said...

I love your optimism about wearing maternity clothes after having the baby. I got so sick of the few items I had that fit that I would have happily put all of mine at the bottom of the garden at set fire to it!

Ruth said...

Wait! It's not a stash bust if there's a garment's worth of fabric left? Oh no, I go with, "Well, at least I made something with it, and now I've cut it, I won't be intimidated by it anymore. I'll make something else with the rest in a couple of months." For me it's a stash bust if I make a garment without any more expenditure, and I'm not using so much storage space!

And I am loving your maternity wear. It's sooo much better than anything in the shops!

Jen said...

Mustard is definitely your colour! And congratulations on the bump Zoe, you must be so excited!

I've also just recently pulled out my self drafted peter pan collar top from about 3 years with plans to make a few basics for the autumn.

Can't wait to see your next maternity items!!

Drop Stitches Not Bombs said...

These are some top tops - I hope they keep your bump snug and warm! I too have never got on that well with mustard next to my face (I'm a 'Deep Winter' colouring, which I think you might be as well), but that white collar is a great solution.

Cirque Du Bebe said...

Soooo cute Zo! Love the mustard and such a rad idea...

Craft Sanctuary said...

I especially love the mustard/polkadot combo. So cute! Pregnancy suits you well, you are absolutely glowing in these pictures!

Becca said...

These are all very cute! I am loving peter pan collars lately! You look great in that mustard color.

Marie said...

I adore the batwing/collar combo on these tops! Brilliant!

Erika said...

Lovely! You can really pull off mustard! It's not my favorite colour, but seeing it on you I might have to reevaluate =) Love seeing the me-made maternity wear, so much inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

Ashley Brett said...

I love all three tops, especially the mustard one! And the contrast collars look great.

gingermakes said...

These are so cute! I love that even your maternity clothes look like your style! And you're seriously stashbustin'-- mad props!

Bonnie James said...

Those are adorable! Would be great gifts.

Rebecca King said...

I'm really liking the striped top myself. They are all cute though.

emily said...

The stripey one is my favourite because it beautifully shows off your wee bump! Wahooo!

Jamie said...

I adore all three tops! Well done!

thepolishedbutton said...

I spy with my little eye a BUMP! Gorge as ever :-) xxxxx

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flossie jamieson said...

Congrats on the bump! My mum made me a pair of lovely white cotton trews which I used as decorating trousers when I was pregnant with my son. They had a terry towelling bump covering insert, which was most comnforting. The pattern came from when she was pregnant with my brother 40 years ago, and if you're interested in making them yourself I can send you the pattern! One thing I wish I had concentrated more on with both my pregnancies, was whether I would be able to make use of the garment again after the baby was out. I have a pile of maternity dresses and tops sitting in my cupboard waiting for a refashioning session as we speak ...

Penny said...

Yay! I did a lot of sewing of maternity stuff for me. One thing to bear in mind is the length of the top since the straight hem can ride up when the bump gets bigger. Some of my tops benefited from having a curved hem at the front to allow for bump expansion :-)

Hazel_Myope said...

Your tops look great and they're so you!

I'd also say in response to the comment by MisC, I was told by my mother that stretchy tops and t-shirts work just as well for feeding as buttons. Sometimes they're better, because you just stick the kid up there instead of taking your top off. It didn't seem to do us any harm.

frk.bustad said...

These collars are great, and I love that you combine polka dots with stripes... I need peter pan!

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