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Maternity style (and comfort): leggings and pants

May 8th, 2012
purple leggings: oasap
I’m loving all the fun colors and patterns that leggings and maternity pants come in this year! And let me say, leggings are a pregnant girl’s best friend. They are SO dang comfy! Be adventurous this Summer and buy some crazy pants or leggings….who says you can’t look trendy and fun too. Don’t let that big belly get in the way! Go for the tribal, animal, neon, floral, polka dot, rubbery, or just colored leggings look(make it a fun color). Did I mention you will be comfortable and stylin’?
And that goes for you non-prego women too of course :)
via asos

Megan Nielsen’s Rie top cropped in gingham

May 7th, 2012
top: self-made with MN pattern  pants: crane   shoes: steve madden  bow necklace: oasap
 Oh how I miss crop tops, the don’t really hit the pregnant women in the right way. So this was my take  on it and  I LOVE how it turned out. I don’t even mind my belly sticking out a little. And I’m excited to wear it when I don’t have a belly. This was made from one of the lovely Megan Nielsen’s maternity patterns, the Rie dress or top.  I just made it a little shorter and widened the neckline a bit. Thinking back to last pregnancy, I had given up by then. I would wear oversized tee shirts and black leggings or yoga pants everyday, looking like an old man with a quite the impressive gut. Man, was I attractive.

Turn an oversized sweater into a maternity top tutorial

May 2nd, 2012

 

I love how this turned out….just grab an oversized sweater from the thrift store (or your husband’s closet) and take a little out in the upper area, leaving the belly area oversized. Well, unless you have a REALLY big sweater, then downsize it down there too.
Thanks Meta for taking the pics…check her out, she is AMAZING! onemoremushroom on instagram.
Check out the before picture and instructions below.

Maternity top with elastic waistband tutorial

April 23rd, 2012
I finally popped this top on, not sure if it would fit over my ever growing belly….and luckily it does! WAHOO! Another top I can wear and feel comfy in. Love when that happens. People still ask me how I made this top, and I realized today that I have made 2 almost exact tutorials for this top. And now you know this will work for when you are prego! Here is the from scratch tutorial (take out the peter pan collar and shorten it) and the refashion tutorial - I combined them to make it easier below. SO easy and flattering….pregnant or not!
 If you want to check this out when I’m without child, here is the non maternity version.
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Made Megan Nielsen’s ruched shirt pattern with a floral touch

April 16th, 2012
Hi gals! Lizzie here from cotton & curls….I’ve always had a hard time purchasing maternity clothes because of two things; the fit and the lack of creativity. That is why making maternity clothes is SO much better than purchasing them!! You can customize – make smaller or bigger, make lower or higher or what have you. For me….I wanted some floral flare and with Megan Nielsen’s ruched maternity pattern, I was set to have a darling top. It only required 3 pieces and a few instructions, easier than I thought! Hmmmm….wouldn’t it be cute as a dress too?
pants: thrifted   top: self-made MN patterns   shoes: toms

My first post and a maternity dress!

April 11th, 2012
Hello ladies! I’m Lizzie over at Cotton and Curls, and I’m SO excited to be a contributor over here at DIY Maternity! I know how frustrating it can be to clothe a prego body, even at little (feeling very big) 26 weeks, and I’m just here to help with that frustration! I hope over the next 4 months or so I will give you some ideas and inspiration to look like a HOT momma – my first pregnancy, I wore sweat pants and an over sized tee the entire time, so hopefully I can help myself too.
Sometimes I just get sick of settling for a black long maxi skirt after trying on ten dress/skirts every sunday. Nothing non-pregnant fits over my massive belly. Who knew I owned and refashioned so many dang pencil skirts. Anyway, thus this striped knit tapered dress was created…with the goal to fit my growing belly and to wear with my non-prego belly (though I may have to take it in a little).
SUPPLIES:
2 yards knit fabric
knit top you like the fit off
elastic
scissors
sewing machine
thread
*optional – serger
INSTRUCTIONS: (more…)

DIY pregnancy photo series ideas

April 6th, 2012

I really really love it when people create photo series to capture their pregnancy. I feel like every time i look around i see an even cuter idea for a pregnancy photoshoot!

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as i am?? I started a little DIYMaternity pin board a while ago to start compiling cool maternity related stuff i find on the web – and started realising how many photo series i was pinning. Then I realised that there are some really awesome ideas there for DIY pregnancy photoshoots! Here are some of favourite maternity photo series from the interwebs:

 

My very very very favourite is Miranda, with her AMAZING maternity calendar tshirt. I want to copy this idea like no-bodies business! You should honestly check out the whole series here – and maybe recreate it yourself by making your own shirt, or purchasing one of the ones she sells.

I just adore my dear friend Jen‘s photo series (more detail shots here). I feel like it’s such a personal one – and the photography by her husband Kev is simply stunning. And now that their daughter is a toddler they got those pictures made into a gorgeous photobook.

This series from Pacing the Panic room is also just rad. Seriously, coolest pregnant girl ever right?? I love how she included a little letter to baby in each picture – what a wonderful memory!

Oh yeah, this is another by Miranda – but it’s so awesome i had to share. She took all the outtakes from her Project Baby calendar shirt project, and made this precious video. I just LOVE it! Watch it, you will cry – i know i did :)

I love the simplicity of this series – i think it’s great because there are no distractions just a nice plain backdrop so you can see the belly grow each week. Its a lot like what I did when i was pregnant with my kids!!

Another great one showing the growth of the baby bump. I’m really drawn to how pretty it is – but once again it’s also really great documentation because the backdrop and outfit stay the same each time. Click through to see the full series of photos.

This one by Peanut Gallery is also totally cool – I really love how she is in the same position in each picture so you can see the bump grow, but she also gives some cute stats on where she is at each week. It’s gorgeous!

Also so in love with this food pregnancy series. Each week she took a photo with a food that was the same size as her baby. I think it’s so unusual and fun, and shows such an awesome sense of humour!! You can see all the photos here.

And I think i’m gonna end with this amazing one by the Kissing Tree. Another super cool momma who I totally want to be. Seriously, that hair? she is too cool. See the rest of the weeks here.

So what about you? Do you think you’ll do a pregnancy photo series??