I’m so excited to share this with all of you! Since everyone enjoyed my Maternity Survival Guide so much – I thought it might be fun to make a sewing list for each season, to help you put together a small maternity wardrobe that will work with pieces you already have, or even on its own.
It’s taken me a little while to get it all together – but I really hope you enjoy it! I’ve put together diagrams and a list of 13 pieces of maternity wear that you can make yourself, and that I feel mix and match nicely, and would work well for the Fall & Winter seasons. The items vary in difficulty, but i feel they would all be manageable for a beginner sewer. I’ve also put together some ideas of how you might wear them together – 4 weeks of outfit ideas from only 13 pieces of maternity wear! I’m kind of thrilled with the result.
Anyway, without further ado – here is the DIY Maternity Fall/Winter 2011 sewing list!
1) A long sleeve version of the Room to Grow top (alternatively, a long sleeve version of the ribbon tied maternity top would work too)
2) Elastic empire waist button up shirt from a large mens shirt
3) The long sleeve version of my Ruched Maternity Tshirt
4) The Button up Babydoll shirt from a large mens shirt
5) Pintuck tunic from a large mens t shirt
6) A long sleeve (or 3/4 sleeve) Elastic waist dress
7) A long sleeve cropped cardigan (follow the tutorial just don’t crop the sleeves)
8) A wrap around cardigan
9) A grandpa cardigan (you may think 3 cardigans is too many, if that’s the case leave this one out – i’m just obsessed with layers!)
10) My ruched Maternity skirt
11) A pair of Maternity leggings from old track pants. Sooo comfy, you will probably want to live in these (and that’s okay!)
12) The Easiest Maternity skirt. I’d make it in denim, since that’s the most versatile.
13) A pair of Maternity Jeans – I’d go for skinny as i feel they balance the proportion of the belly nicely.
Week 1 notes: For Wednesdays outfit I would either wear the wrap cardigan as a top (see an example here) or with a simple tank top or tshirt underneath. For Sundays outfit I would probably tuck in the top for a slightly different silhouette ( i know high waists are something you don’t get to wear often!) or just leave it out.
Week 2 notes: For Thursdays outfit you could just leave the top out, but I think i would tuck it in for something a little different! On Friday you can once again wear the wrap cardigan as a top (see an example here) or with a simple tank top or tshirt underneath
Week 3 notes: For Thursdays outfit I would leave the Babydoll button up untucked – since we’ve tucked a couple of shirts into this skirt already (it’s nice to mix things up!)
Week 4 notes: For Monday I would belt the wrap cardigan at the empire waist. I love Tuesdays outfit! If you’ve made your Ruched tshirt and skirt out of the same colour fabric, you could make it look like you’re wearing a ruched dress if you put them together! I think this outfit would be cute with the top tucked or untucked.