So, before I was pregnant I was all gung-ho about being a stylish pregnant lady and making a bunch of cute maternity clothes for myself. I was going to be awesome.
That motivation has translated into me buying four items of maternity wear for myself. Total. One pair of jeans, one top, one dress, and most recently a new pair of yoga pants because the maternity leggings I had were getting scandalous.
This is partially because I have been blessed with wonderful friends who have given me clothes to borrow, and partially because I am not as good at dressing my pregnant body as I thought I would be. It probably also has something to do with the fact that I am just plain uncomfortable and opt to live in sweats/PJ’s unless absolutely required to put on a bra and real person clothes…
[but on the plus side, I finally found a good maternity/nursing bra and I am SO SO SO thrilled! Woohoo!]
ANYWAY! I have recently made a big decision on the maternity clothes front.
I am going to make myself a dress.
Yeah, yeah, I know, I only have six weeks left and I’m a little late getting started here…but hey. Better late than never, right?! And I can use it next time I’m growing a baby, too! Plus, I just really miss enjoying the clothes that I put on my body. And also my Momma and dear friend are throwing me a baby shower in two weeks, and that’s a good excuse to look cute, right?! So I’m still excited about it : )
I came across this vintage maternity pattern, and fell in love with it:
Unfortunately, the pattern was sold already and wasn’t in my size.
But let’s be real here…I don’t really use patterns anyway ; )
Here’s what I’ve come up with instead!
Ta-da! I already had these fabrics in my stash (hooray)! Then I found a pattern (also in my stash) that had a bodice similar to what I wanted to use for the yoke, traced it onto my trusty aisle runner (which I own specifically for pattern-tracing purposes), modified it just a little, and I think it’s going to work brilliantly. We shall see.
I figure putting this up on my blog will encourage me to actually finish it, haha : )
And also, I can ask your opinion on which fabric I should use for the body of the dress!
I have two fabrics that I’ve thrifted, that are almost the exact same color but are two very different materials. #1 (in the middle) is a very thin, crinkle cotton – fairly standard. I’d probably need a lining with it. #2 (on the right) is kind of hard to describe. It’s silky-ish, but I’m fairly certain it’s polyester, and it has a matte sort of sheen to it. It’s not heavy weight, but not terribly light. I think I would call it a sateen??
There are pros and cons to both – I think #1 would end up making a more casual dress that could be ‘dressed up’, and would probably be more kid-friendly. #2 would be a touch fancier, and I don’t know how well it does with stains (though it is machine washable).
Thoughts/opinions??? I’d love to hear them!
PS – if any legitimate seamstresses happen across this…I apologize! My method is in no way “correct” and the mixtures of fabrics I’m using would probably be frowned upon by fashion design instructors or something. But, I’m always happy making what I make and that is what matters 🙂