Shortly after discovering that I was pregnant I set to work seeing how I could make my women’s sewing patterns work for my new shape. I already shared my list of Maternity Friendly Women’s Patterns here, and Maternity Friendly Hudson Pants here.
The next pattern that I was determined to still wear during pregnancy is the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio.
I made a Linden late in the winter and as soon as it was finished it entered into the “every time it’s clean I wear it” rotation. I did not want to give it up as I moved into the second trimester, so I quickly started drafting and cut a maternity modified version to carry me through the second trimester and beyond.
Are you expecting? Or do you hope to be expecting at some point? The modifications that I made were relatively simple, but they made a huge difference in the fit my Linden Sweatshirt. Read on now or save for later, because you will want to remember this pattern! How to make a maternity sweatshirt.
How to Make the Linden Sweatshirt Pattern Maternity Friendly
Linden Maternity Sweatshirt DIY
- Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studios
- Fabric: Stretch cotton/poly terry, purchased in London fabric district, similar here
A NOTE ON FIT:
I made my non-maternity Linden sweatshirt the size recommended for my bust measurements and it fit me perfectly. The pattern is designed to give a slightly slouchy fit, but because I used a thick and sturdy sweatshirt fleece it ended up with a boxier look which was perfect for keeping me comfy and concealing my new bump throughout the first trimester, as I was hoping for. This also gave me a good springboard for deciding how to adjust the pattern moving forward: basically more length and more room to grow, but maintaining the casual but comfy look that the pattern is known for.
I cut the bodice pattern piece of View A one size larger than my current bust measurements and added 3 1/2 inches to the pattern’s lengthening line. I moved the bottom of the armscye out 1 inch, the hem line out 4 inches, and drew a new side seam line connecting the bottom armsyce to the hem. This gave room to accommodate the impending bust growth, extra length, a slight swing shape to cover my belly, and extra fabric at the side seams to accommodate a side seam slit.
I cut the just-above-the-elbow sleeves for View B and opted to roll them up and tack them down instead of ironing them under and hemming.
After I attached the raglan sleeves to the bodice I pulled out my twin needle and did a row of careful double lines along each seam. I did this with my previous Linden as well and I just love the little detail that this adds to the finish.
I added a side seam slit to the bottom of my Linden by pressing open the side seams and catching them when I was double stitching my bottom hem line.
CHANGES FOR NEXT TIME:
If I make another maternity Linden I will definitely keep the side seam slit, but add another few inches to the front piece and round it off slightly. As my belly continues to grow I tend to prefer my tops with a slightly rounded hem although I can’t put my finger on exactly why. I don’t know if the round hem just compliments a round belly, or if it tricks your eye into not realizing just how much the hemline is being raised as that belly expands…I don’t know. But next time I’m going to try that out.
I also won’t bother with a rolled cuff if I’m using terry because (as you may already know) terry fabric loves to roll back on itself, and even though the sleeve is well tacked down, the fabric around the tacks is trying to roll itself into a tight little roll (as you can see in the above left photo).
I LOVE the modifications to the fit of this Linden. It has maintained it’s original comfy slouchiness, and the swing shape and side seam slit added some much-needed room for belly growth. I took these pictures when I was 23 weeks along, and as you can see there is still plenty of room to accommodate more belly and more baby.
And does it need to be said that it is super comfy? Sooo comfortable yet doesn’t look like pajamas, which is really the main goal of all maternity clothing, right?
Are you sewing for baby? Please share patterns, ideas, or examples below! There are still a few more months to play around with sewing for this fun stage.
Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time…