Vintage Sewing

Sencha Sketch

March 22, 2010

Colette 1007 Sencha Blouse Maternity Modification Sketch

Today is officially Muslin Monday, and here’s the first one of the day–a maternity modification to Colette Patterns famous vintage-style cap-sleeve Sencha blouse. Gertie recently described some different ways to play with a basic button-back blouse pattern like this one, and I’m so far planning to do the following:

  • Scoop out the neckline (high necks never really work on me, plus I’m a necklace fiend)
  • Move the tucks up under the bust to make room for the belly (I asked pattern designer Sarai about this on her Flickr group where she answers questions about all things Colette, and she suggested sewing it up without the tucks to see how it fits, then tucking as needed)
  • Do a 2-3″ FBA on the pattern (for an added total of 6″)
  • Lengthen it a bit in front to go farther over the belly

I’m about to trace the pattern pieces (since I want to be able to use the pattern again post-preggo) but deliberating over size 6 (bust measurement 36″) vs. size 8 (bust measurement 37″). I usually choose patterns by high bust (which used to be 34″ for me but now as my ribcage has grown during pregnancy is more like 36″) and then do a major FBA but I’ve heard Colette Patterns are more generous in that area than the B-cup Big Four standard. I’ll still need a serious FBA either way, as my full bust is 41.”

I think I’ll go put my hair in the mesh roller set I just bought while I think about it…

(Crossposted to my blog).

  1. I can't speak to the brand or pattern, but (prepregnancy) I was a very narrow person with large breasts. (From your prepregnancy shots, it seems you have a similar body type.) My ribcage stretched tremendously in my pregnancy and it has never quite returned to it's former width (that's not unusual). However, it did take a really long time i.e. a couple of years, to go back down to what it's at now.

    I have a 36.5 full bust measurement (33 high bust) and I have never really worked with woven tops because I haven't figured out the FBA thing yet – I do work with Big Four patterns (among others).

    Do I have a point here?

    Oh yes, you might want to cut the 8 for now, because the rib cage might not snap back immediately. Of course, you are a totally different person than me and you may be back to your old self presto.

    Don't you love useful comments?

  2. Yes, that is my body type. And I think you are totally right about the ribcage–I thought about it and I DID just cut the 8. I can always adjust if need be, but I am still growing, so better to err on the bigger side, I guess…

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