I’ve more or less given up on wearing pants at this point. I have maternity jeans and wear them occasionally, but most of the time they just feel like way too much work. Leggings and tunics or dresses are the way to go! So I’m plotting more of those. It turns out I’ve amassed quite a few potential patterns.
- The Painted Portrait Dress – already made this once, so I can dial in the fit quickly. Unfortunately I’m really not loving how shapeless it is, so it’s probably not top of the list.
- The Washi Dress – shirring across the back sounds super comfortable right now. Probably worth a try, although careful fabric choice will be key to avoid a very homemade vibe.
- The Mississippi Avenue Dress – got this as part of a pattern bundle. I’d likely have to add some width, but seems workable? And the seam lines are interesting.
- Copying this dress I already own. I’ve been wearing this a lot, but it’s starting to get too short in the front. It’s a very simple shape, so I’m guessing this would be a quick make.
- This pattern I made up in my first pregnancy. That dress isn’t particularly flattering, but it’s comfortable. I think a lighter/drapier fabric would help.
- Ditto this one or this one. I still have the gray dress but don’t love it. Maybe the pattern (a 90s Laura Ashley number) has possibilities though?
- This pattern has lots of options for variations. And I do still wear the pink dress with some frequency.
- One of the patterns from the Stylish Dress Book. They’re all pretty shapeless and smock-like too, but it might work in a lightweight fabric.
In an ideal world I’d have time to try a bunch of these. That probably won’t actually happen, because life is busy. But the possibilities!
A note about actually sewing clothes during pregnancy: Quite a few people have said things along the lines of “Ugghhhh, why would you do that?” I have a few reasons:
- My wardrobe kind of turns over every six months anyway. Things rotate in and out, often multiple times. Sometimes this is conscious (see this post) and sometimes it’s just a natural consequence of shifting needs – new jobs, kids, moving to a new city, etc. While I do have things I’ve worn for years, clothes with a shorter lifespan are necessary too.
- Pretty much all of these articles of clothing could be worn when I’m not pregnant. Obviously some will work out better than others, but loose, flowing clothing is something I can wear other times.
- I get really, really big when pregnant. As-in, my storebought maternity tops are already nearly too small at 22 weeks. Pre-pregnancy I was somewhere between a 12 and 14, putting me at the upper range of many stores anyway. This makes the standard approach of buying clothes a size or two up a lot more difficult.
- The first time around, I found that breastfeeding was a way bigger deal wardrobe-wise than pregnancy. Some of my clothing was maternity-friendly, but nothing I owned had breastfeeding access. And I breastfed for a lot longer than I was pregnant!
- I’m only 29. We have quite a few years where we could potentially decide to have another kid. Failing that, all of my friends are just starting to have kids, so there will always be someone to pass things on to.
Anyone else out their sewn clothes for your pregnancy? Was it worth it?