A few weeks ago, I whipped up the last maxi -- well, the last maxi skirt for this pregnancy, anyway! Maxi skirts are so fabulous for transitional clothing; they span normal, maternity, and post-partum wardrobes with ease!
My dear mother knows me so well. She did not buy me a maxi skirt. She did not buy me fabric with which to make a maxi skirt. She bought me a knit dress that I could upcycle into a maxi skirt! She found a rather hideous J. Crew "tube top" dress at a local charity shop, and saw the potential at once. The color of the fabric is gorgeous -- it's a bit more muted than it shows on my computer monitor, and has a lovely hand. It's actually been in my stash for months; I'm still not sure why it took me so long to tackle this, since it took all of 15 or 20 minutes to complete.
|Baby bump at just shy of 35 weeks!|
After cutting off the bodice, I gave the rectangular skirt a bit of an A-line silhouette and attached a waistband. I ended up using one of my salvaged lycra maternity panels, trimmed down to about 4" (in other words, eliminating the curved bit in the front). The panel is beige, which actually makes it less visible under a white top than a self-fabric waistband would be. And hurray for pre-existing hems!
The white ruched tank top is one of six by Oh! Mamma that I bought this pregnancy (two white, and one each in black, grey, fuchsia, jade, and burgundy) -- they've been life savers, and are perfect for layering with non-maternity cardigans! This particular cardigan is by Style & Co., and was a clearance find at the Navy Exchange -- my mom gave me one in a lovely mocha/mushroom color for Christmas, and I decided I'd like one in charcoal, as well. They're super comfortable and have a nice feminine look. I love using non-maternity pieces whenever possible! I've done that more with this pregnancy, and I'm looking forward to (hopefully) less wardrobe drama in the post-partum stage. Of course, all of my winter layering pieces will have to "hibernate" during our stay on Guam...
At any rate, I'm enjoying this latest stash-reduction/wardrobe amplification!