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« on: March 18, 2006 10:33:45 PM »

I'm feeling pretty bad for my mom right now.  I've come home with a few lucky thrift store finds that made her happy, but one had a bleach stain she can't wear to work, and yet another is a shirt that fits her now but won't fit her soon (she's five months) but she can't fit into her pants to wear with the shirt anyway!

 She's tried the VERY EXPENSIVE (in my opinion, at least) mall stores for work clothes, but most things she says are leaning more towards being hip, and less towards comfort. if there is anything comfortable in her size (20) it's those shirts that say "Got Baby" and other assorted things she can't wear to work.  another thing is that we live in deep south texas and it is getting VERY HOT.  I showed her I could attempt belly jeans, because BOY are her pants bothering her right now, but she says even if that does work out it's a little too hot, and she would prefer some little dresses for work and shorts for around the house.  (skirts with the baggy shirts really DO NOT flatter, make her look like a big poof rather than a curvy woman with a baby in her tummy) I just really can't imagine the discomfort of having to sort through the plus sizes in the thrift store for fabrics/cuts that will allow for a baby to be sticking out, since the maternity section doesn't really carry anything near her size. we've also tried several cheaper stores:mervyn's, target, wal-mart, and k-mart. she also gave lane bryant a call the other day, but they didn't have anything simple/cheap/not too warm  yet, since the spring things are barely coming in.

sorry for this rant. two very important things to keep in mind are 1) we are very short on cash right now. we've bought some fabric and it all really adds up considering we don't really know what we're doing 2) and well yeah I basically just stated I'M A NOVICE SEWER. the only thing I've sewn is a wallet, although I would say I sewed it pretty well.  but I am MORE THAN WILLING to practice and attempt to make her anything. we've called a seamstress and we're going to ask her to make a couple of things($$$), but here's my question: do you have any tips or tricks or simple little items for comfort around the house, as even nightgowns are no longer comfortable because it's getting hot and we don't have a/c in every room, or even just a jumper for work?  I know she can get some of those tshirts but high collars bother her. and yeah she can cut them but the pants are bothering her, too haha.  I WILL attempt belly jeans tomorrow though, although definitely not on jeans but on light pants.  I'm a little scared of screwing up the fabric /:

  BASICALLY, from your experience, what worked best for you, what should I attempt considering my skill level and lack of funds (so lack of oppurtunities for failure)?  we don't care about style, only about simplicity and comfort!  actually she really prefers simple clothing to what's in style now, but, oh god how I wish I could sew her some of the clothes lucille ball wore in I Love Lucy ):

thank you SO much! letting this out ALONE was a relief. oh and if you want more info: I'm a college student staying home here to help my mom out, she's 42, a hardworking middle school counselor, and pregnant whoo, go mom!
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2006 10:54:21 AM »

WELL I did some searching and I FINALLY found one thing that is VERY helpful and simple and I figured I should share it with you guys: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/index.html?Baby/maternity.html
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006 04:41:56 AM »

WOW for your mom.  I am 43, and I can tell you one thing for sure, I do not want to be pregnant.  Now having a baby in the house maybe I could go for.  Anyway, she is lucky to have you helping her. 

Thanks for the link also, that is very helpful.  I do not know of anything off the top of my head to help you, but I am going to bookmark this and see if I can think of anything and get back with you. 

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2006 08:50:58 AM »

WOW.  How great of you to help her out so much.  I hope my kids grow up to be half as wonderful as you are!!

As for clothing, having been pregnant 4 times, and a 14 when I got pregnant (the first time - lol), I can say that empire waists are your friend!!!(or rather, her friend.)  A long empire waist shirt will look great (well, acceptable - lol) over an elastic waist skirt (I used to pull long skirts up right over my belly, because I can't stand having stuff ride low.  I feel like it's falling off.  lol  and with a long skirt, you still end up with a knee length after hiking it up).  If you have a JoAnn's near you, they often have patterns on sale for $.99 to $1.99.  They have some really easy and good looking patterns for lightweight empire waist shirts.  Maternity and plus sized.  As for jeans, I used to take a hair elastic, put it through the button hole and then through itself so that it made a loop that was attached to the jeans, and use the elastic to button them.  They went almost my whole pregnancy.  Smiley  You could do that with shorts, too

I hope this helps, and good luck to both of you!!

PS...about the bleach stain...is it a garment you can dye? $1.99  RIT dye (in the laundry section of most stores) in black should cover up anything. 

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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2006 09:28:39 AM »

You could also try men's shirts...I know they aren't that cute, but tend to be bigger than women's clothes... 

I just saw at walmart where they have the fabric already put together for a skirt...you just sew it together...which might be an option....

also don't forget about embelishments...you could put a patch or dye shirts...if you can't find what you like buy plain white shirts and dye them...

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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2006 08:02:12 PM »

Just occurred to me, that if a lot of people who have finished having babies are like me, they hang on to a few maternity items "just in case" and then later on realise they really should let them go.  It might be good to bump into people like this and see if they would be willing to sell cheap rather than have hassle of eBay (and keep your fingers crossed that they'd like to give stuff away).  You would find mums like this at whatever your local version of "mothers group" or "playgroup" is.  Here in Australia we also have recycled maternity outlets with various names like "Maternity roundabout" etc.  Perhaps you have similar resources in Texas.  Also, as it sounds like you and your mum are really busy, could you look for an online discussion forum based in your area that is for expectant mums?  It would be a safe bet that they talk about where to get their maternity gear.

« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2006 07:30:26 AM »

thank you for your input, ladies!  let's see.  no I do not have a JoAnn's.  it's pretty much just walmart here for fabric and patterns although I THINK kmart has them too?  there is a hobby lobby about forty miles away that I'll try to visit sometime soon. It's where I got my knitting stuff for xmas in december, but we really don't get out there much.  patterns online are probably my best bet. I did however find a really awesome dress pattern at the thrift store I'd like to use but the largest size is 14 and I'm not too sure how to change it.  plus it requries zippers, and it'd probably overwhelm me. so I decided to try a reconstruction type thing...

I started a project that might require more skillz than I've got this weekend.  I'm taking a shirt my mom said to give away because it shrunk and is too short for her, cutting a little off the bottom(I think this would be referred to as an empire waist), and adding an A-Line/GAthered skirt at the bottom to make a dress. Originally I was trying to accomplish just A-Line because I DONT KNOW HOW TO GATHER!  but it ended up being the back skirt half is A-Line and now the front part has to be gathered.  It won't look too awful since there's not that much excess fabric to gather.  It's just sitting there with the two straight lines sewn through waiting for me to attempt it.  the back's put together and the skirt's sewn together already though Cheesy

anyway, thanks again, and I'll keep you updated.  I think this would be a really quick project for someone with more sewing skills than me, though.  I've had that happen to me often where the shirt just ends up wide and short after being in the wash, and using it for a high waisted dress is PERFECT.

also, I was thinking about knitting my mom a large waist band for a skirt in garter stitch, because, like you kahluakiggy, she prefers to wear her pants and skirts up above her bump than way below it!  have you heard of people doing this?

j_en: I've found nothing of this sort.  I mean for texas I'm sure there are things, but I live in deep south texas and the closest big city would be san antonio: 4 hours away, houston is 5, austin is 5. yeah.  our freecycle group has posts like once every two months and things like that. we're not very well connected this way. our thrift stores are decent, though!
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