Friday, January 6, 2012


I have been searching forever to find a free pattern and / or tutorial for this maternity wrap top. I loove this so much since it is comfy, easy and obviously not just a maternity item.

However, my search was UNSUCCESSFUL. Megan Nielsen had a wonderful free tutorial online but now has decided to charge $15 for it. While I had saved the link a while ago, the pattern / tutorial was not free anymore and I was somewhat disappointed.

Of course buying a pattern for $15 is not an option right now with all the major baby expenses that are awaiting us.

So, what's a girl to do? I used a pattern from my old knitting projects. DUH! And drafted it out here, so you can follow along, because I am pretty sure that I am not the only thrifty one out here. Hehe.

First things first: The sizing was in Euro clothing and centimeters, so I converted it in US clothing and inches. I will give you BOTH measurements. First, find your size:

US       6/8       10/12   14/16
Euro    36/38   40/42   44/46

I am normally a size 4 but for maternity, I figured to go up one size and as you can see from the picture it was a good decision. Gotta admit: I am new at both, sewing and sketching / sizing, so while I believe the numbers should be correct, please feed back if I miscalculated. THX!

OK, so here are my sketches. . . First the centimeter one...

And here is the inches one.

NOTE: No seam allowance is included. However, since I sewed everything with a zig-zag stitch right at the edge of the material, I did not need to add any seam allowance.

MATERIALS: Approx. 3.5 yards of knit jersey fabric, stretchy

First, I sewed the shoulders together. I pinned everything like mad because these stretchy materials are soo slippery. And I used a zig-zag stitch all throughout. Saves the hemming.

Second, I closed the slides, leaving on the left side about a 5 inch (12cm) gap, which I positioned about 2 (5cm) inches from the waist end. This is where the right tie will come through. I zig-zagged around the opening to prevent frailing.

Then sewed the sleeves on at the shoulders. I am not crazy about sewing sleeves; this seams to always be a hassle. For that I typically put sleeve and the main piece on right sides and then pin from the inside.

Then I added the ties.

Lastly, I zig-zagged around the whole piece to give it somewhat of a hemmed appeal.

"Nature never says one thing and wisdom another." Decimus Junius Juvenalis


  1. I love that you are offering this for free - thanks!! I just have a couple of questions. I haven't made clothes in several years, so I'm a little rusty. Is your dotted line on the sleeve indicating that it's on a fold? Also I was wondering about the back of the shirt. I'm not figuring out from your sketch what dimensions it should be.

    Again, thanks for offering this for free! I've been debating buying the pattern that's out there, but I like the thrifty option better if I can do it. :)

    1. Hi, and yes,the dotted line on the sleeve is supposed to indicate that it is on the fold. Sorry for being so vague.

      The back follows the measurements of the front; admittedly it is a very technical sketch.

      The back should be on the fold and (without few exceptions such as the wrap around portion) have the same dimensions as the front. Look for the dotted line in the centre of the bodice sketch portion.

      Let me know if it is still unclear.

  2. Thanks for the post. Looks great. Can't wait to make this. Am I missing something, I didn't see the sleeves in your sketches.

    1. The sleeves are the long narrow thing on the left hand side of the sketch. The dotted line indicates that the piece is on the fold.

  3. Hurray! A free one! I have, too been "soaking" over this wrap: retail? pattern&saw? or forget and wear a burlap sack for another 5 month:)
    Thank you for your gift. I'd just left the fabric store with a few of nothing.I wish, I'd picked-up stretch jersey, so that I could have started NOW....Itchy-itchy hands-sss:)

    1. He Yulia,

      you are very welcome. Let me know in case you run into problems. After your return from the fabric store that is ;-)

      Take care, K

  4. What a cute and comfy-looking shirt! I'd love to give it a try, but I have a question about the ties - where exactly do they attach? Your sketch shows them attaching at the bottom hem of the shirt. Do you then fold them up to start wrapping them around you? Or am I misinterpreting the sketch?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hello Karen, yes, they attach at the bottom of the hem and then you wrap yourself up ;-)

      Have fun, K

  5. I'm assuming your sketches are for a size 6. Is there a pattern I can look at for a size 12/14? Or is there an easy way for me to convert the measurements you've indicated on the drawings to accommodate my size? Thanks!

  6. Just what I was looking for! I found this top the other day and fell in love with it but just can't make myself pay an arm and a leg for it! Now to get to the fabric store and get to work on it! Thank you :)

  7. Thanks so much for offering this! I pinned Megan Nielsen's pattern a loooonnnnng time ago and just tried to find it but had no luck. Now I know why! With just 2 months left in this pregnancy, I want to get one of these underway!