Megan Nielsen Ruched Maternity T-Shirt Sewing Pattern

megan nielsen maternity t shirt
Megan Nielsen Maternity T-Shirt

Well now that I am 40 weeks pregnant I am FINALLY getting around to sewing the Megan Neilsen Ruched Maternity T-Shirt pattern! After all, the pattern package says it is great for post maternity too, so why not? For this maternity top I used the leftover turquoise cotton jersey fabric from one of my Vogue 8390 wrap shirts.

This maternity top sewing pattern is simple, with only three pattern pieces and four total pieces of fabric to sew together. Megan Nielsen sewing patterns are printed on nice thick paper, so no messing around with annoyingly fragile tissue paper. My swollen and clumsy hands can’t handle tissue paper right now, so this is great. I used a walking foot and a stretch stitch.

Simply put, this pattern was great! I would recommend it even for beginners. Of course its a maternity t-shirt pattern, so you will want a fabric with stretch (like jersey). If you are okay sewing with jersey, then I think you should try out this pattern!

Megan Nielsen Maternity Shirt
Megan Nielsen Maternity Shirt

There is one change I would make to this sewing pattern. I wish there were some notches or markings on the arm holesfor the sleeves. Even though you are supposed to ease in the sleeves, there is no guidance on the pattern for doing so. Now I admit I have hardly ever sewn sleeves, so maybe this is just the norm and I am in the wrong. Still, if I had my way the armscye and sleeve would match up more easily. I got around this by ironing the sleeve in half (before sewing them to the shirt) so I would have a nice crisp line to match up to the shoulder seam to pin in place. I then stretched out each half of the armscye to the point where it matched the sleeve edge and started pinning like crazy so I could sew it in place.

This shirt was pretty fast and easy to sew. And it nailed one crucial point, being long enough to cover the bottom of a belly bump. I don’t know why some of my professionally made store bought materntiy shirts are so short that they expose my stomach. Listen up designers, maternity shirts need to be wider AND longer unless you are trying to bring back belly shirts. Since I am happy with it, I am (maybe) going to make another version. I would love to have a longer, tunic length maternity shirt! The rouching will make it more flattering for the awkward postpartum period I think. Plus since this pattern was expensive at $18 PLUS shipping from freaking AUSTRALIA, I want to feel like I got my money’s worth. Still, I would definitely buy this pattern again

sewing maternity t-shirt
40 Weeks pregnant! Megan Nielsen Sewing Patterns Maternity T-Shirt
Maternity T-Shirt Back View
Maternity T-Shirt Back View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found a few verisons online that I loved. Girls in the Garden made a cute missioni-esque shirt. Maybe I will get the courage to try a print someday! Cotton and Curls sewed a lovely floral print shirt. And Mad Mimsewed a cute turquoise print version.

My Problem: Wavy Seams on Knits/Jersey Fabric

wavy puckered knit fabric
Sleeves are wavy because I stretched out the fabric as I was sewing.

I don’t know why, but the hems on my sleeves and the bottom of the shirt are wavy. Obviously, I want the hems to lie flat so the shirt looks less homemade. I used a stretch stitch and walking foot. I am not sure what causes the puckering on the hems. I did iron the neckline flat before sewing, but not the arms or waist hems. I THINK that I stretched out the fabric as it was being sewn, which was a mistake? So next time I will try a different approach, perhaps:

  • Starch and iron, a la Fishsticks and Fries?
  • Be sure NOT to stretch out fabric as it is being fed through the machine? I need to make sure I am not stretching knit fabric, according to the great guide on how to sew knit fabrics on Prudent Baby
  • Maybe Serge??
  • Sewing Machine Tuneup for Tension adjustment?

2 thoughts on “Megan Nielsen Ruched Maternity T-Shirt Sewing Pattern”

  1. I think your stretch stitch is the cause of ripply hems. That stitch puts so much thread in a small space that it really can’t help but wiggle. I only use the stretch stitch on swimsuit type fabric and not always then. Try a wobble stitch — a zigzag of 2.5 length with .5 width. It will look like a drunken straight stitch but will add just a bit of give to the seam or hem. HTH.

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