My parents-in-law have doubled their grandchildren in the past 13 months. So when the whole family got together over New Year's, a family photo was high on the agenda. Earlier in the year, my sisters-in-law and I agreed on a navy, gray and mustard yellow color scheme. I was very tempted to wear yellow on top - it is my favorite color and looks reasonably well on me - but a savvy friend, knowing that I was not feeling excellent about my weight, advised me to wear dark colors on top.
After a browse or two through the thrift store racks (because I refuse to pay retail prices for what I hope will only be "transition" clothes) it became clear that I was going to have to make something. Luckily I had this great navy and white striped cotton/lycra in my stash (purchased from Fabric Mart back in the fall). I decided to go back to my selfish sewing roots and make a Plantain.
I messed up a bit while cutting the top. I had intended to cut a 40 shoulder widening to a 44 in the bust and continuing the 44 to the hem. But somehow I ended up widening only to a 42. It feels a little tight on, but I actually like how it looks in the photos. I do think I could have used that extra room in the bust. On the positive side, it should fit even after more of the baby weight comes off.
I didn't try to match stripes on the sleeves - no excuse other than that I was tired when I cut and sewed this.
Man I look tired.