The “Bye Bye Bump” Top
Fabric: about 1 metre of lightweight blue knit, gift from TJ as part of the One+/One* swap
Pattern: Jalie 2787, also from TJ
Notions: about 20cm of elastic from my stash
Time to complete: 1.5 hours
First worn: for these photos
Wear again? yep
Total cost: free!
Notice something missing in these photos?
Yep, the bump is gone! (Well, not fully gone, but there’s a baby-sized part of it missing.) Our little boy Drake arrived on Monday 17 September – a day after we took the photos for my 40’s meets 80’s bolero. Ain’t he cute? We absolutely adore him. :-)
However, with his arrival comes a whole new set of wardrobe challenges. I’m not sure why it took so long to occur to me, but I realised that what with the whole breast feeding thing, hardly any of my current wardrobe is going to work. (Except for all those cardigans and boleros I’ve been making this year, that is.) Thankfully, the lovely TJ sent me a copy of Jalie 2787 as part of a swap she ran. How perfect is this pattern? It’s adaptable so you can make it a breast feeding friendly top. As soon as I saw it, I knew I’d be making a few of these. (Thanks, TJ!) Check it out – easy access!
This was my first experience working with a Jalie pattern. In fact, I’d only just heard of them about a week or two before TJ sent me this one, so it was quite a nice discovery finding out about them! I’m impressed at how many sizes they cram into one pattern – this top has everything from a size 2 years old up to quite a large size. The pattern itself was pretty easy to make up. The only moment of confusion I has was with the elastic that gets attached to the top of the front (under the crossover parts) – the pattern gave just one length for all sizes, which just doesn’t make sense. So I cut a length slightly shorter than the width of the fabric it was being attached to, and went with that.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this top. Only thing I’d change is where it crosses in front, as it cuts right across my boob. But since I’m planning on making a couple more of these, I’ll alter that for next time. :-)