Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Maxi for Mama

It became very apparent to me a few months ago that some closet upgrades were well overdue! I've been very excited this pregnancy to try maxi skirts -- they came onto my radar just after Rosa was born, and I wish I'd known earlier how comfortable and transitional they are. Pregnancy, post-partum, "normal" -- it's all the same to a skirt with a stretchy waist.

Here's a version I whipped up with a coral knit from Girl Charlee. I used a beige maternity panel salvaged from $1 thrifted pants (I routinely harvest panels to use on skirts) for the waist, but cut off all but the top four inches or so. In essence, it has a stretchy waistband that can sit below a large belly, or right at the waist post-pregnancy. 




I also tried out a detail that I'd been musing over for a while -- a ruched, off-center "drawstring" at the hem, for a little extra flair. I really like how it turned out, and it was quite easy (thanks to knit's no-ravel policy). For a solid skirt, I think it adds a nice touch.

My two "pre-pregnancy" maxi skirts, are working just fine, and I re-made two XXL maxis that I scored on clearance at Target -- the fabric is great and the price was right, so I'm glad I went to the trouble of scaling them down! I'm really looking forward to less "drama" in that awkward no-longer-pregnant-but-still-don't-fit-in-normal-clothes stage. But right now, I'm just enjoying being pregnant -- speaking of, a recent scan showed baby doing well, moving like crazy, and measuring a full week ahead. That, combined with the crisp weather, has left me with a spring in my (admittedly waddle-prone) step.


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  1. What a fantastic idea to include a ruched drawstring! Not only adds flair, but reduces the risk of tripping up on the stretchy material!

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    1. Esther,

      Quite honestly I hadn't even contemplated the practical aspect of the drawstring! :-) But come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I trip less in this skirt than I do in my other maxis. Hmm, I wonder how two drawstrings would look?

      We had a nice, chilly day here, so I hope that means yours was warm and sunny. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  2. 'Love the drawstring. Very unique and creative. So glad the baby is doing well also.

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    1. Thank you, Danice! It was a fun way to dress up an otherwise plain, solid skirt.

      The past year has left us painfully aware of how fragile life is, so we are certainly grateful for every day of continued health! Thank you for your good wishes!

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  3. I think it's a very cute outfit! I'm so glad to read that the baby is well. I know that nervousness first hand and how reassuring a good ultrasound can be!

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    1. Thank you, Mrs. Cote! I feel like my style evolves a little with each pregnancy, so it's fun to "reinvent" a little each time. :-)

      And yes, those good ultrasounds are such an encouragement -- I'm very grateful to be at the stage where I can feel movement, too, as that is a daily "status update" on our little one.

      Thank you for your kind words!

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  4. Such a cheerful and flattering outfit! You look wonderful! Best wishes on your latest journey as an expectant mama :)

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    1. Thanks, Cari! Your kind words have brightened my day! :-)

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  5. Minnesotan Gal11/06/2014 8:55 AM

    So glad to hear the baby's doing well.
    Wow, I'm jealous, your wearing sandals!!! :) The skirt looks great on you, that really is a pretty color of pink!

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    1. If it makes you feel better, the picture was probably taken closer to the beginning of October -- though I'm guessing from your profile name that even early October is far from sandal weather for you! :-) The weather has since cooled down significantly (much to my relief), so hopefully fall is finally here in Florida!

      Thanks for your kind words, and for stopping by!

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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