I really wanted a striped maternity top this time. I feel like white and black stripes are very classic and basic and would give me lots of options. I also wanted it to have nursing access so that I could wear it through some of my post-partem. The problem is how to make something with room for a bump but still have a waist for after the baby comes. I think I figured out a great solution with this striped tunic. This tunic has elastic sewed into the waist so it will be “sucked” in when I have a waist again.

Me Made: Striped Maternity Tunic and Leggings

I used version 4 of the Alissa maternity top sewing pattern and then added a hi-lo skirt. You can see a basic tutorial for adding a skirt to the Alissa Top over at DIY Maternity. The design of the top is perfect for nursing because it crosses over making it easy to pull down. And the flared hi-lo skirt will be flattering for any extra bumps that come with all the changes that are about to come. I really can’t wait to wear this tunic after I have this baby girl. It’ll make me feel dressed even if I don’t make it out of the house.
Me Made: Striped Maternity Tunic and Leggings

I also made myself some black maternity leggings. I needed some good leggings that were comfortable and thick. I used a free pattern that doesn’t seem to be available anymore. I just lowered the front rise and sewed on a band that goes over my belly. They are quite comfortable, stretchy, and sturdy. I’ve been on the search for a sturdy knit that doesn’t pill which means it can’t have a lot of polyester. There are hardly any Ponte de Roma knits that aren’t 100%. Well on black Friday I got some feathered black Ponte knit from Joann’s that had only 10% polyester. I was very excited and nervous to use it. I made these leggings ind December and after more than weekly wear, I can happily say that these leggings have NOT started pilling. They are fading slightly at the knee, but that doesn’t bother me. I am really happy about this discovery and GOOD Ponte knit fabric. 

Me Made: Striped Maternity Tunic and Leggings

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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