When you are on your sixth(!) pregnancy, it comes as no surprise that your maternity clothes need some serious updating. When I was pregnant for the first time, eleven years ago, I wore a lot of clothes that could be defined as tent-like. Fashions were not at all form fitting, and provided a comfortable drape over my ever growing bump.
Apparently none of the clothes actually went over my belly, as I can not find ONE picture that doesn’t have me lifting up my shirt to show my bump!
With Seth this clothes-to-big trend was still going strong, and I was embracing it!
By the time I found myself pregnant with my 3rd baby, in 2006, people were starting to understand pregnant ladies didn’t need to hide under a sea of fabric. Shirts became a little more form fitting…a little, but not too much.
Finally in 2008, we were allowed to embrace our darling bumps and show them to all the world. My last two have been my favorite pregnancies and I think part of it was because I wasn’t as hot under yards and yards of fabric.
I have been lucky enough to be able to usually make most of my maternity wardrobe work from the previous pregnancies. But this time, I am finding myself having a really hard time doing that. So much of my wardrobe is shot from being stretched to capacity so many times (not to mention the stains that come from lots of children with gross hands all over me!). Also, I got rid of a LOT of my maternity clothes…because you know, I was done!
So this time I have been looking for cute dresses and skirts to get me through the very hot Texas months that are fast approaching. Considering I am not due until the middle of July, I am bound to be VERY hot for the next 4 months!
I scoured the internet and actually bought this cute maxi dress from Target. While I loved the dress and the fit, the color was…well, BRIGHT YELLOW. I looked like a huge flashing warning sign. I took it back.
Then, in a stroke of genius, I remembered I know how to sew! Off to the fabric store I went, found a darling pattern and some great fabric. Four days later, I have a new dress.
This fabric is super lightweight and has a beautiful drape to it. It is going to keep me nice and cool this spring and summer and is SO comfortable!
Paired with a half-tee tank underneath, and it is perfect.
I love it so much that I have actually bought more fabric to make another. I am also going to make myself a couple fold over maxi skirts and then I should be set for the rest of this pregnancy.
I am so glad fashions have changed since my first pregnancy. I am much more comfortable with my body now than I was 11 years ago, and am glad I can show it.
What is your favorite maternity wardrobe must have??
Pattern: Simplicity 1804