There are a million worries that probably go through an expecting mother's head during pregnancy, but her wardrobe needn't be one of them. The Olea Shirt is the perfect transitional blouse, looking stunning as a tunic in the early stages, and equally gorgeous as a maternity top. Try out a silk printed charmeuse for an evening look, or keep it casual with this unbelievably soft and slimming cotton chambray I used!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 2 yards Navy Striped Cotton Chambray
- MDF047 - The Olea Maternity Shirt Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
Sizing is based off of your bust measurement. All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 22.
This fabric is lightweight and airy, perfect for spring and summer, but opaque enough that a lining isn't necessary. Essentially, it's the bomb.
Since there's no lining, attach the front and back panels of your shirt at the shoulders and sides using French or Hong Kong seams.
Take a 1.5" strip of the same fabric (or a contrast, if you so choose), and sew it around the neckline and each of the armholes of your garment with the faces together.
Double fold the strip of fabric toward the inside of the shirt so the raw edges are hidden. Pin into place and edge-stitch around the neckline and armholes. Press after sewing.
Lastly, finish off the bottom of the shirt with a small rolled hem and press.
For the belt, attach both belt panels along one of the short sides so you have one super long strip. Finish the raw edges with a 1/4" rolled hem and iron the full length.
Wrap under the bust twice and tie with a bow!