Sewing With A Plan: A Semi Handmade Maternity Wardrobe

I have dreamed of making myself a handmade wardrobe for years. Really it was my desire for it that started this whole Sew Fearless journey. The “trouble” is that whenever my weight normalizes and I roll up my sleeves to delve into sewing my own clothes… BAM! I’m pregnant again. Then, I’m putting off the wardrobe dream again for another year or two.

Frankly, I’ve had it. I’m sick of waiting until “someday” to work towards this, because this ideal “someday when my weight stops fluctuating” seems to be getting farther away not closer. Instead, I choose to make “someday” today

So, inspired by the fabulous Megan Nielson’s DIY Maternity Fall/Winter Sewing List, and with an eye towards flexibility and usability, I will attempt to sew myself a maternity wardrobe. The likelihood is that I won’t be able to finish it all, but even attempting it is a worthwhile pursuit. Don’t you agree?

I am calling it “Semi-Handmade” wardrobe because it requires the addition of a couple of good pairs of jeans and a pile of colorful laying tees and tanks. Both of these fall in the better-to-buy-than-sew category, at least in my opinion. Here’s the break down of the rest:

  1. Cute Tee – If I do get around to sewing tees. I love the style of Megan Nielson’s Ruched tee. I can’t for the life of me understand why this style of belly is so hard to find. It is by far the most flattering I’ve worn.
  2. Draped Neck Top – I saw this gorgeous number on Pinterest and I think McCall’s 6513 (view c) could be matern-ified to replicate it. It pretty much has to be done in stripes. The stripes make the top, right?
  3. Empire Waist Crossover – I made this Jalie (#2804) pattern up when I was pregnant with Gladys. I looooooved it, but I think I would tweak it a bit so it would fit even farther into pregnancy. Namely, I’ll remove the “under-layer” on the belly of the shirt. (click here to see more)
  4. Cardi WrapSimplicity 2603 is another repeat from my last pregnancy. It is a great layering piece. I’m actually thinking crazy thoughts and I might try it in stretch lace. Is that too nuts? We will see.
  5. Blazer – Yes, the blazer. I won’t be able to button by the end, but I think it will class up a lot of different types of outfits.
  6. Dress as Shirt – Stay with me here. I know McCall’s 6347 ‘s funky saddlebag things are off-putting, but after looking at the directions I think I can remove them easily. Pair it will leggings or skinny jeans I think it would a great top that will cover everything, even at the end of the pregnancy. During cold weather, I can wear it under a blazer, or layer it over a long sleeve tee.
  7. High Waisted Maxi Skirt – I’m thinking about giving an Above-The-Belly skirt a try. November Grey pulls off this look well. Worse case, I hate it and shorten it for an underbelly maxi.
  8. Wide-legged Trousers – This is by far the scariest one on the list. I’ve never sewn “real” pants even when not pregnant so tailoring something to fit will when your body is growing seems almost impossible. Fortunately, I am consulting with Steph of 3hourspast to make this happen. *Fingers Crossed* I’m still trying to figure out a pattern to work with. MCall’s 6515 looks like a possibility.
  9. Matern-ified Leggings and Jeggings – This one is in the “semi-handmade” category. I will swap out waistbands on some regular jeggings and leggings to pair with the rest of these items. Tutorials all over the internet, including some listed here.

So what do you think? Am I missing anything? What would you choose differently?

But most importantly…
Will you support me doing this? Offer your advice and hold my hand when things don’t go well?

pssst…. if you want to see more of my inspiration for this project, check out my Fall/Winter Wardobe 2012 Pinterest board.

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17 Responses to Sewing With A Plan: A Semi Handmade Maternity Wardrobe

  1. StephC September 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Ah! You are so cute! :)

    Looks pretty good, and of course I’m happy to do whatever can be done. The pants pattern you chose is very sensible and straightforward, it shouldn’t be tough or scary at all. :)

    • Jodi September 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      I’m so glad you are helping me out, Steph!

  2. Susan September 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Definitely will support you in any way I can……all the projects listed look nice and doable…you know you can do it…go for it but don’t wait to long or the baby will be here! LOL

    • Jodi September 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Despite the size of my tummy… I still have 6 more months. :)

      • Katie September 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

        Your belly is so cute! I have 7 months to go (no cute belly yet!) So I think this is the 4th time we have been due with in a month of each other! Hope you are feeling better and getting some second trimester energy!!

      • Jodi September 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

        ha! No way! :) Congrats to you!

  3. Karen September 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    You are so funny, and I’m so inspired by your plans!!! I want to sew my own wardrobe too, and my size keeps changing all over the place and I’m not pregnant! I think I might have to come up with a Fall/Winter lineup and set some goals. I love your choices! I also laughed out loud at your discussion of the “saddlebags”, because that’s exactly what I though and I think your plans for the pattern will be awesome. And I’m so glad the blazer is in the mix. Can’t wait to see the finished projects! Hooray for making today the day!!

    • Jodi September 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      ooohhh please do! I want to see the ideal Karen Wardrobe. :)

  4. Charity September 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    I’m excited to see all of these sewn up! My size keeps changing too, so I’ve made a few things that fit me now and a few that will be easy to alter.

    • Jodi September 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      a good plan. :)

  5. Karen September 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Just saw this… free burdastyle pattern maternified. Not sure if it would be a backup/alternative for #6 (of if a fitted bodice is even something that is feasible for anyone in particular during pregnancy), but I though it was cute, for your perusal :)

    • Jodi September 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

      Thanks for the link! I’m not a big fan of wovens up top during pregnancy. it’s hard to make them fit right. :)

  6. Karen September 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    PS ~ Is that stretch sateen for your jacket? I LOVE the color :)

    • Jodi September 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

      It isn’t stretch or sateen, but a twill (it does a have a sheen to it, doesn’t it?) and yes. For the jacket! :) :) Almost done with my pattern adjustments…

  7. Reenie September 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    So awesome. Can’t wait to see this materialize :) I think you should start with the one that excites you most… and I also think you should start with a safe one– maybe you’ve done it before so you won’t get stumped and run out of energy too early on 😉 (Not that you would do that- but I would 😉


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