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« on: April 19, 2005 06:58:16 PM »

I have been looking around for maternity skirts that I like without much success.  And since Wisconsin has about decided to skip over spring and go directly into summer, this has become a bit of a problem.

When I went on my maternity clothing spree, I bought an elastic tube that is supposed to be used for clothing that fits everywhere except for around the belly.  Pants too tight?  Just leave them unzipped and cover with the elastic band.

I never actually used it for that purpose, it just felt too weird.  I thought I had wasted money until I started thinking about maternity skirts.

My maternity skirt solution is to cut the back and front of the skirt normally, with an extra front piece that is almost as big as the normal front piece.  I sew the side seams and hem it normally, I finish the two front edges, and just hem the waist.  This means the skirt fits around my hips about right, and I wrap around in the front, so it should fit through my pregnancy.  I then use the elastic band to hold it in place.  My practice attempt was with some plaid fabric I have in my fabric box:

http://www.projectjanel.org/b2epics/mskirt1.jpg

This next picture is not good enough to really see the safety pins:

http://www.projectjanel.org/b2epics/mskirt2.jpg

After the baby and after my body gets to its new normal, I can get rid of one of the front panels, add a zipper and waistband, and I'll actually be able to continue wearing the skirt.  At least, that is the plan.
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2005 10:39:22 PM »

Wow, very clever!  Looks good, too.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2005 06:48:45 AM »

That's a great idea!  I especially like the fact that you thought ahead and designed it so that you could wear it post-pregnancy.  I've never understood women who buy hundreds or thousands of dollars of maternity clothes that they can only wear for 4 or 5 months.

Plus, it's just super-cute on you!
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2005 10:29:29 AM »

thanks!

yeah, maternity cloths are *super* expensive.  i normally buy most of my cloths at thrift stores, but most women share cloths among their friends instead of donating them, so they are hard to find.  i did break down and buy maternity pants that fit well.  it turns out i'm a much happier person with pants that actually fit me!
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2005 08:13:55 PM »

omg i want one of those tubes for my normal clothes. ive gained so much weight since surgery my old favorite black dkny jeans dont fit anymore Sad that woul djust fix the problem straight up
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2005 09:23:01 PM »

Maternity clothes make me feel icky. I had the UGLIEST maternity clothes. Mostly I just wore REALLY huge old biboveralls with tank tops or whatnot. And I soooo would have looked ridiculous and horrendous if I had left my huge belly hanging out, like I have seen some pregnant ladies do. Gods, I didn't even have horrid stretch marks, I was just HUGE. Like, I didn't swallow a watermelon, more like a monster truck tire. So, I hope you get to look really cute during your pregnancy! Congrats!
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2005 07:48:30 AM »

hey christinanne, the band is called a bella band and is made by ingrid isabel (i got mine at a pea in the pod, but they are probably available elsewhere)

i'm hoping i look cute during my pregnancy, too!   Cheesy  if nothing else, i'm not due until the fall, so i should be able to wear cute through part of the summer.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2005 08:38:39 PM »

This is a great idea! I'm not due until October but my clothes are already starting to feel a bit tight around the waist.. I might make a few skirts like this myself!
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2005 07:00:53 AM »

Seriously? You're pregnant?  Oy... my stomach is not as flat as yours and I'n nowhere near being pregnant.  ::skulks off to eat a doughnut::  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2005 05:11:37 AM »

Those bands were really popular last winter here in Sydney, for covering up the gap between the low rise jeans, and the little baby tee, and they are really simple to make.

You just basically make a large tube of jersey, or similar knit, about 8 inches wide, and long enough to go around your waist, and then close it up in a circle.


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