how to match stripes on the Ruched maternity skirt & top

Megan Nielsen maternity style // Ruched midi skirt

A question i get a lot is how to pattern match designs with ruching and gathers (specifically for my Ruched Maternity skirt and Ruched Maternity tshirt). I know everyone wants their stripes to be matched perfectly all the time, but when it comes to these designs the ruching is not symmetric, so perfection in pattern matching just isn’t possible. Sorry.

You can get close though :)

The same is true for any seam that includes gathers, you can pattern match seams that are equal distances, but once you hit those gathers, everything is going to be off kilter.

So if you want to sew a ruched maternity skirt in stripes like i did when i was pregnant and have them nicely matched up at the side seams, you can only do so up to a point.

Here’s what you do: start from the hemline and go up! When you hit the ruching notches stop trying to pattern match and instead go with the flow. Once the ruching is completed, the ruched sections will be all gathered and the pattern mismatch won’t matter, but everything below it will be nice and straight! It’s that easy :)

darling ranges tunic as maternity

I was really really missing my Darling Ranges dresses when i was pregnant, so i decided to try the Darling Ranges tunic version as maternity wear.

I really love how it turned out! I absolutely adore this fabric, and i was thrilled when i realised that the dartless tunic version of the Darling Ranges fitted comfortably over my baby bump – and there’s still room- YAY! It didn’t last for my whole pregnancy, probably just till about the 7th month, but it’s been an awesome breastfeeding top now that baby is born (and dare i say it, nicely covered the post baby tummy). I used the variation instructions in this post, and made it “tunic” length with short sleeves. Totally perfect for wearing with leggings! Unfortunately i do regret not bothering to match the pattern on the side seams… but hey… sometimes i just can’t be bothered, anyone else in that boat?

Also, these leggings are another maternity make. I used my Virginia leggings  pattern and made them in the maternity/low rise option. I’m a little disappointed that you can’t really tell in these photos, but the fabric is this really cool black shiny lycra. It’s the same family as the lycra from the silver coated leggings i’ve worn to death, but obviously much more subtle. I like that they have kind of a liquid look to them. Kind of wished we photographed in the sun so you could actually see what i’m talking about. I’m not going to get much wear out of these leggings now that it’s blisteringly hot – but i literally lived in them over my morning sick period when it was still cool – and they were awesome post partum wear when baby was born.

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Tunic: Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges tunic // Sewing pattern
Leggings: Megan Nielsen Virginia leggings // Sewing pattern
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // T Strap Sky High
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth