Many of you may wonder whether it’s worth it to sew your own maternity garments. From someone who has been through four pregnancies, I can tell you it is worth it to sew your own. For my first two pregnancies, I did not sew for myself at all. During my third pregnancy, I sewed a few shirts and one dress and felt great about my progression and the outcome of those handmade garments! Now, the fourth time around, I’ve sewn almost my entire maternity wardrobe and have never felt better about my body, going out, and dressing up! So, what are my 5 reasons for sewing your own?
- The Fit
Take a look at this shirt; it’s a purchased shirt I bought last pregnancy. I loved the ruching, the fabric, and overall feel of the shirt. However, because my body and torso are so long this “maternity” shirt did not fit me past the second trimester. In general, for me, maternity shirts really aren’t maternity shirts. They are way too short on me. And I’m betting that’s the same for many of you too! Maybe you’re shorter, wider, skinnier, or your body just acts weird during pregnancy! (Which is everyone by the way, so it’s not really weird) And don’t we all feel a bit odd when something doesn’t fit? So, make your own clothes and feel great about what you’re wearing so that you can focus on the beauty of creating another life inside of you!
For these Cara Maternity Tees, I made them small on top with medium width and XL length. There’s no way I could find something like that in the stores.
- The Feel
For me, the way a garment feels and the way I feel wearing it is the biggest reason why I sew for myself. I want to feel beautiful, especially when I’m pregnant. In fact, before this pregnancy, I didn’t really sew much for myself. Most of my sewing was directed towards my children. However, I have never felt more comfortable and elegant than this pregnancy, wearing garments that I have handcrafted. There’s much to be said about creating something from nothing; there’s a sense of accomplishment and then pride and joy in wearing what you made. Then, there’s the compliments you’ll receive because you look amazing and feel amazing. So, get going and make you something special!
- The Fabrics
There’s only so many maternity clothes to choose from out there. In fact, I was out shopping and stopped by the maternity section of a store for some inspiration and was sorely let down. There wasn’t anything past some solids and maybe a floral or two (which, honestly isn’t really my thing). But when you sew your own, you get to choose whatever you like. On-trend florals and geometric prints your thing – go for it! Stripes and solids are your best friend, then make you some great basics. Or perhaps you like a bit more flair – there’s plently of fun customizable fabrics out there just for you.
- The Funds
It’s no secret that I (Sew Thrifty) enjoy saving money. So, of course you would expect me to say that sewing your own wardrobe saves money. But, it truly does! I encourage you to check my blog for numerous ways to save money while sewing or my specific maternity makes, but I also wanted to share my favorite money-saving project with you: the $3 dress.
This dress was inspired by a maternity dress I saw one day and immediately knew I could make it. So I did, and much MUCH cheaper too! The original dress was £45, making that 59USD. My dress was 3USD. Using thrifted fabric, free patterns and tutorials, upcycling, and finding deals on specialty fabrics, you can find ways to make your own wardrobe for much cheaper than what you would pay for ready-to-wear looks.
There are times when it appears that sewing doesn’t save you money – when you invest in a really nice fabric, or have to sew several versions of something before you get to the version that fits, or when the garment requires many notions like buttons and zippers. However, in those cases, I would argue that you still save money over time. Since the fabric is nicer, it will last longer, thereby getting you more wear out of the garment. When you have to sew several muslins, you can still reuse that fabric for another smaller project later. Lastly, when a garment requires notions, you’ll probably be more satisfied with the outcome that you’ll get more wear out of that garment, thereby decreasing the cost of it over time.
- The Fun
Sewing truly is so much fun. Yes, there are moments of frustration when the dreaded seam ripper must be brought out and used (and used again), but in general, creating something from nothing is such an amazing feeling. As a mom of three (almost four!), sewing is my little niche to create something fun for myself, since most of my day is laundry, cooking, and teaching.
So, there you have it! The five reasons to sew your own wardrobe – maternity or not. What about you? What are the reasons you are sewing your own maternity clothes?
Be sure to check back soon for tips on *how* to start sewing your own maternity wardrobe (hint: it’s easier than you think!).