Tap…Tap…Tap…Is this thing still on?? Hello from my extended absence from the blog! In case you missed my announcement on Instagram, I’m currently 7 months pregnant with a baby boy due in late June. I took a little bit of a break from sewing because pregnancy is tough for sewing and life got in the way but I’m so happy to be back and can’t wait to share my next make – The Lily Top from Sew Over It in this beautiful Raspberry Creek Fabrics CLUB rayon.
The Pattern and The Top
The Lily Top from Sew Over It is part of their maternity/nursing line (aka perfect for lazy sewists like me who didn’t want to hack anything!). It features a double layer (perfect for nursing) and the option for either a 3/4 or cap sleeve. Because of the raised hem in the front it’s wearable during pregnancy but also after.
I was initially drawn to the Lily Top because of it’s flowy style and the versatility that it offered. As I’m in my third trimester of pregnancy, even maternity clothes that fit early in my second trimester are getting a bit tighter and this top seemed to have some longevity in it.
I did make a mistake a size up from my pre-pregnancy SOI size – I should have kept it the same as I feel like there’s a lot of excess fabric in the bodice. Trust the pattern when it says to stick with your pre-pregnancy size!
SOI tends to use facings for the majority of their patterns and I usually change that to bias binding. This time I didn’t because of the crossover nature and the complexity with that construction. I wish I had though as I don’t love facings and usually have trouble keeping them where they belong!
I made the cap sleeve version and did change up the finishing on the bottom of the cap sleeve. The pattern includes a binding for the sleeve and instead I just serged and turned under – seemed easier and was a bit cleaner.
Overall, I liked the pattern – I think I would make it in one size smaller and would love to make it in a knit too!
It’s no secret around here I LOVE Raspberry Creek Fabrics (RCF). While sewing, I shared a few thoughts on their CLUB rayon fabric and they’re worth repeating here. Not all rayon is created equally – especially in terms of ease to sew. If you’ve never sewn with rayon and you’re nervous to, RCF Rayon is a great option to start with. Their rayon is really stable in the realm of rayon and it washes so well. When it came out of the wash it was barely wrinkled which was awesome because then you don’t have to spend tons of time ironing it!
RCF produces a CLUB line several times a year which means that it’s their in-house printed fabrics. Fabrics come in cotton lycra, french terry, rayon, ponte and some double brushed poly. This was from their Spring CLUB line and doesn’t it just scream spring? I can’t usually turn down a floral so when I saw this, I knew I had to sew something out of it!
This fabric was so perfect for this top – it draped so beautifully and was easy to work with.
I received 2 yards of fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics as part of their blogger team in exchange for sewing up and posting about this garment. As always, all opinions are my own.