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Allright, the first pregnant lady post! I’ve been diving into maternity wear lately, and guys, it is SO BORING. I’ve been looking at patterns as well as RTW and it’s just so much of the same. Pencil skirts and dresses with gathers at the side seam are prevalent, all in drab colours. Who wants to look like that for 9 (ok maybe 6) months? So I’m on a mission to craft a fun wardrobe and maybe get some ideas for patterns too. Funny thing is, I’ve talked to a few other designers about maternity wear and they all had the same thought when pregnant. In the end, it’s just a couple of months where you actually have a belly and can test your designs. And that’s not enough to develop a maternity line. So we’ll see where this ends!
My mission is to use patterns that can be adapted in a simple way for pregnancy, and to be converted back to normal wear afterwards. I’m looking forward to use my precious designer plaid for an Archer popover dress. With an extra pleat in the front like this example above, and no waist shaping to accommodate the bump. Jen just posted a tutorial on how to do this. I can always shape the waist later, I reckon it’ll be a great dress for fall. At first I felt like I didnt want to use my good fabrics on things I would only wear a short time. On the other hand this period of time is probably one where I’ll need to feel good in what I wear even more. The Simone dress I’ve had for ages and I’ve never made it. But wouldn’t it be perfect, with all those gathers down the front? I reckon it’ll be great to have something flowy in summer.
These two are shapes where I’d normally think they’d make me look pregnant. The Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt is a very simple but fun pattern that only needs some lengthening in the front. It’s the only one I’ve ordered new fabric for, a gorgeous double gauze. I’m not too sure about the Phaedra Dress yet, I can’t seem to settle on the fabric choice so I’ll leave it to simmer for now. Plus it is similar to the Simone so I might let it go. It does have a fun shape though!
Some other patterns that would work well are the Natalie dress by Muse patterns, The Midsummer nights dream by Papercut (or any wrap dress really) and loose fitting tees like the Plantain by Deer & Doe. Kat even made her wrap dress nursing friendly by adding snaps instead of ties – clever! I’m not really a fan of wrap dresses or tops but I might change my mind when it comes to nursing.
These long tops are the basics I’ve made so far, plus grey wool jersey leggings. Together with that plum cropped briar they make a great mini ensemble. I’ve found I need long tops or skirts most now, since I still fit in most of my tops but not my bottoms. I have a maternity hacked Jade planned as well. The key will be to coordinate the fabrics so things will go together. I’ll also be working on maternity adaptations for our own patterns, and maybe throw in a summer Opal, or an oversized sweater. It’s probably all a bit ambitious but we’ll see, I’m looking forward to sewing these up and that’s what’s the most important.
Tell me, if you’ve been pregnant, what was your favourite outfit?
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