Comfy Cowl and Leggings

Maternity cowl and leggings made with Mood Fabrics jersey

I currently can’t stop dreaming about making beautiful silk blouses and tailored wool coats and faux leather jackets, but my dreams are confounded by the fact that I’m so far into my pregnancy that all I want to wear are my comfiest comfies. So, to add a bit of polish to my daily wardrobe here in my last month of pregnancy, I decided to make a maternity-approved variation of the classic cowl from Mood Fabric’s black wool jersey.

Maternity cowl and leggings made with Mood Fabrics jersey

Mood describes this jersey as “a soft, tissue-weight wool jersey knit… perfect for t-shirts and tops.” I couldn’t agree more – it really is perfect for this winter top. Plus, it cut and sewed quickly and easily (a must for me at this point in my pregnancy!), and it’s super warm and cozy to wear. If you haven’t tried wool jersey before but are comfortable with knits and would love a warm top this winter, I highly recommend you check out this fabric.

Maternity cowl and leggings made with Mood Fabrics jersey

To make this top, I started with the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern, and then I lengthened it 11″ in the front and 6″ in the back while also widening it, gradually increasing to an extra 6″ around the hem. When I was sewing it together, I gathered the extra 5″ of length in the front into the side seam near the widest part of my baby belly. You can see the little puckers from the gathering in the photo above. I also made a more substantial hem band to complement the longer length of the top.

Maternity cowl and leggings made with Mood Fabrics jersey

So that I can get double wear out of this cowl (a necessity since so little fits me these days!), I decided to make two pairs of funky leggings to wear with it using two of Mood Fabric’s jerseys, a navy jersey panel printed with a white forest and a wine jersey with an “applied tattered printed layer”.

Maternity cowl and leggings made with Mood Fabrics jersey

The navy fabric is a panel print, and to make sure I had enough yardage, I ordered two panels. When I was laying the pattern (Vogue V8401 with the waistline dropped so that it ends under my belly) out on the fabric, I realized the second panel would start a few inches above where the top ends. Even though the repeating pattern would be hidden for the most part, I couldn’t ignore the fact that there might be times when it would peek out. Since I figured a navy-to-navy seam would be more subtle than the start of a new tree line, I separated the two panels and serged them top-to-top before cutting out my pattern. I don’t notice the extra seam when I’m wearing them, and no one’s inspecting my leggings closely enough to even see it, so it’s a win-win in my book! When I was ordering my fabrics, I imagined these leggings pairing nicely with black ankle boots. But, in reality my feet are too swollen at this point! Maybe post pregnancy?!

Maternity cowl and leggings made with Mood Fabrics jersey

The wine-colored fabric is a wonderfully comfortable jersey that feels and wears exactly like my favorite pair of store-bought leggings. It has a second layer of fabric applied to its surface that is printed to look like old denim and roses. I really love the my-jeans-are-falling-apart-but-oh-look!-roses! vibe it has going on. Mood suggests it would be “great for a variety of apparel”, and I agree. I’d love to see what others have made with it!

Maternity cowl and leggings made with Mood Fabrics jersey

All in all I am very happy with what are likely my last handmade maternity clothes – at least for this pregnancy! Having something that keeps me feeling cozy while not looking like a bathrobe or a pair of sweats is very nice right now. I’m pretty sure these outfits will be on heavy rotation for the next little bit, especially considering that my due date is only two weeks away now!

Well, this post is likely my last before the little one arrives. I’ll be taking a few months of leave from MSN so that I can spend some quality time with my newborn, but then I’ll be back making my dreams of beautiful silk blouses, tailored wool coats, and faux leather jackets into realities. See you back here in the spring!

23
By:

Comments


  • Janine
    January 6, 2014

    You had me a comfy! What fun fabrics you have used for your projects, I love the prints available for leggings, it’s a fun and funky tend. Rest up and enjoy yourself!

    • Amy
      January 6, 2014

      Thanks! I plan to rest up. In my comfy cowl and leggings!! Just a couple more weeks, at least theoretically!

  • Denise
    January 6, 2014

    You look great! Enjoy your little one :)

    • Amy
      January 6, 2014

      Thanks Denise! It’s going to be an adventure!

  • Ginger
    January 6, 2014

    This looks like a perfect outfit! I love both pairs of leggings– they add lots of fun to the look! Really, really cute! We’ll miss you around here, but can’t wait to see some baby pics!!!!!

    • Amy
      January 6, 2014

      I thought the two very different pairs of crazy leggings would help bring some fun into an otherwise basic, but classic, black cowl. And, maybe they’ll draw people’s eyes down from my belly!

  • Vicki Kate
    January 6, 2014

    Amy, you look gorgeous. I hope the next few weeks and months are full of joy and love and at least some sleep xxx

    • Amy
      January 6, 2014

      Thanks! I hope there’s some sleep in there somewhere, too. While I love my sleep, my husband’s a super sound sleeper, so I hope the baby inherits his ability to sleep anywhere, anytime!

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 6, 2014

    Your’re looking healthy and beautiful, Amy! The top is cute and will carry you through the winter, but the leggings are adorable!
    You must let us know when the baby arrives:)

    • Amy
      January 6, 2014

      I definitely will! I’ll miss you guys! I hope, hope, hope that this baby will love hearing the sewing machine whirr as much as I do!

  • oonaballoona
    January 6, 2014

    i’ve been eyeing that forest print for awhile– you chose the perfect make for it! gotta go get in some comfy clothes now, because you look like a happy dream. and happy baby sabbatical!

    • Amy
      January 6, 2014

      The forest is a really fun print. It reminds me of the mountain print you used awhile back. But, this was never destined to be anything else in my hands. I just couldn’t see beyond crazy leggings. It’s so fun to have trees all over my legs!

  • Lori
    January 6, 2014

    I love your cowl and leggings, what a great way to end our preganancy, such style! Enjoy your little one, they are simply amazing and grow up so quickly.

    • Amy
      January 7, 2014

      Thanks! Every little bit of style I can manage helps get me out of the house these days! And, I can imagine that babies grow up quickly, but these days it feels like forever that I’ve been waiting to meet him or her!

  • Cissie
    January 7, 2014

    Your baby bump is adorable! Can’t wait for news! Your new comfy clothes are perfect for the upcoming nesting you’ll be doing!

    • Amy
      January 7, 2014

      These outfits have become my go-tos since I put the last stitch into the leggings. And, I’ve been waiting for the nesting urge. From what I’ve heard, that’s a good sign that the baby is coming!

  • Peter
    January 7, 2014

    Love this look, Amy. And the leggings are really cool. Looking forward to your return!

    • Amy
      January 7, 2014

      Thanks, Peter! Keep making awesome garments that’ll have my dying to get back sooner rather than later! I can’t wait to see what might be next, particularly since you’ll be upping your skills by taking classes here soon!

  • Amanda S.
    January 7, 2014

    What a rockin’ mom-to-be! How nice to make a top that’s long enough to cover the bump in your last month. By this time all my tops are too short save one or two that get worn to death. And that ripped fabric is really cool. I’m going to have to check out the yellow colorway.

    • Amy
      January 7, 2014

      Length was very, very important to me when I was planning this cowl! Tops that I used to wear with leggings now barely fit over my bump! And, the other color ways of the ripped fabric are pretty awesome, right?! The provincial and paisley look so fun, and I could imagine them working well in quite a lot of fun garments. I’d love to see your take!

  • Sara Mayo
    January 12, 2014

    You may find yourself wearing your maternity clothes for the first month or two post-partum as well. Unless of course, you choose to live those months in your bathrobe, that’s cool too.