Butterick 5196 maternity top, completed!

Now that I’m in the home stretch of my pregnancy (35 weeks and counting!), I really need more maternity tops (quickly!) since my regular clothes, even the stretchy ones, just won’t fit me anymore.  I’m so happy to share that I finally finished my new maternity top that I posted about earlier here.

Here’s my finished twist maternity top from Butterick 5196, I made it with around 1 and 1/4 yard of lightweight jersey.  It ties at the back (or in front if you would like) which I love because it somehow defines the waist a little bit.  I also really like the way the twist highlights the baby bump, I’m planning to make another one but I would take an inch off the top portion to make the neckline a bit higher.  When I was cutting the pattern out, I already took off an inch but in the portion below the twist since most patterns from the Big 4 are intended for women 5’6″ in height and I’m only around 5″2 on a good day (hehehe).

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Things I learned:

  • Narrow hemming (using my sewing machine for the neckline and by hand for the armholes) – Narrow hemming is sort of a pain especially when you’re trying to do this on curved parts of knit fabric since it’s hard to press/pin evenly while your fabric is curling on the bias.  Ultimately, you want a tiny hem without much bulk.  Using your sewing machine, there is a lot of pinning, basting and sewing.  If you do it by hand the stitches are almost invisible on the right side and it’s easier to make the hem as tiny as possible.  I followed the narrow hem tutorial here, it worked okay but I found it kind of involved and time-consuming so I ordered a narrow hem presser foot from Amazon the other day.  Will share with you guys how that works out for me once I figure out how to use it!
  • Blind hemming using my serger – I made a tutorial for those of you who might need it here.  I still need lots of practice though!

The verdict:

  • Great pattern with a few minor edits needed, makes a cute wardrobe staple!
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