When I found out I was pregnant I felt fortunate to know how to sew. As a plus-sized woman it can be difficult to find well-fitting, fashionable clothes. Since learning to sew I’ve come to feel good, real good, in the clothes I make. And still do, eight months into pregnancy. I accept the numbers on the scale, those one the measuring tape and just go from there. I made some great pieces that proved to work well throughout my pregnancy and I can’t help but breathe a huge sigh of relief. Only one maternity dress didn’t make it into this stage of the baby-making process (looking at you, Simplicity 1998 ). With a combination of previously owned ready-to-wear pieces that still fit, my me-made maternity wear and a few maternity pieces I bought on sale I’ve had quite a fun time with maternity fashion.
When I found out I was pregnant I was determined to show the positive energy I was feeling in my appearance. The bright colors and flirty fashion choices continued. And here are the me-made winners that have made it with me into the third trimester.
Pregnant or not, make this dress. It’s so cute and über comfy.
Feeling sassy? Make a circle skirt and sashay about. You won’t regret it.
I’m glad I was able to save this skirt from the donation pile. Adding a tummy band quickly made it wearable.
Stripey Skirt based on an existing maternity skirt
This skirt is my jam. I love it so much.
My favorite and most loved, the Lace and Liberty 1970 Maternity Dress
I’ve really enjoyed sewing and dressing for my ever-changing body (refashioning jeans came in handy!) and I wouldn’t do anything different if I can do it again. A good mix of RTW and me-made pieces helped me until the near end. I never overexerted myself to make more. But now, with 4 weeks to go, I’m tempted to make a few more pieces. But the logical thing to do is stay content with what I have and call it a complete maternity wardrobe. And make baby stuff instead