Maternity Tunic

Thank you for the congratulations on Baby Pinned and the sympathies for sewing my finger! Over the last few weeks I started to outgrow many of my favorite handmade clothes and I really miss them. My enthusiasm for imagining and planning maternity sewing projects has definitely been greater than my energy, but I have managed to make one maternity top. And I have been wearing it A LOT!

gathered tunic front

This top is based on the Rachel Comey inspired peplum top I made last fall. I modified it in two ways to make it maternity friendly. First, I curved the peplum in the front like this Megan Nielsen dress. I raised the center of the bodice and peplum up 2 inches and drew a curve to connect back to the original length at the side. I might try raising it a little more next time although it’s kind of tough to decide how much room my belly needs and how much room my boobs need! Second, I added 4 inches in length to make it long enough to wear with leggings now and hopefully accommodate a growing bump for at least a couple more months. Other than that the only changes were to go sleeveless and top stitch the gathered peplum.

gathered tunic side crop

The fabric is a linen-rayon blend, I believe the Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer blend. It’s soft and has some body and a nice drape. Also it was handy in the stash! As before the back of this top is not gathered which makes it great for layering and keeps it feeling a little sleeker.

gathered tunic back crop

I’m taking advantage of my blog to track my growing bump, so here’s a glamour shot of the belly at four months. Not too impressive yet, but it certainly feels different than normal!

gathered tunic bump

Details: Butterick 3383 sz XS, cut at the shorten line for the bodice, gathered rectangle added to the front, flat rectangle added to the back – both lengthened 4″, bodice/peplum both curved up 2″ at the center front, neck and arm scyes finished with bias binding, top stitched peplum seam allowance


  1. This is a perfect opportunity to sew new clothes! That’s so brilliant! And your top is lovely, looks comfortable but very stylish! The color’s great too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Inder says:

    Lookin’ good!!! I love this! I was all about the knits when I was pregnant the last time. I see you in a Grainline Hemlock tee with a bit of extra length, perhaps? What do you think? Hope you’re feeling better these days, that first trimester (and hate to break it to you, the third) is no joke. Enjoy the magical second trimester, when you almost feel pretty okay! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • pinned says:

      Thanks! I totally see me in a longer Hemlock too. As soon as I can manage a little sewing time I will be happy to oblige. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes, the second trimester is indeed magical compared to the first. I’ll consider myself warned about the third! And “almost pretty okay” seems like an excellent description – I am totally going to use that next time someone asks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Carolyn says:

    Oh, I love this, a lot! and would wear this a tonne even though I’m not pregnant! I’m sure you’ll wear it a lot after the baby is born too; it’s very chic ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Donna says:

    This is so pretty and versatile. Love it!

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