Okay, first off, my pregnant or formerly pregnant friends, where do you find cute, long enough, maternity dresses??? Seriously, I'm starting to get really annoyed with my long figure because all the dresses I try on are not long enough. Luckily I can still manage to get into my jeans by using the rubberband method to give me a little extra wiggle room at the waist, or I'd probably be even more annoyed trying to find jeans that fit well. Anyway, I would love to know where to shop for dresses since I have to wear a dress 6 days of the week and I'm getting really tired of my current selection.
Moving on...so because of my frustration I decided to bring out the sewing machine. For those of you who have never seen the work of my talented friend Leanne, you should take a look at her design blog or her etsy shop. The girl never ceases to amaze me. She introduced to our ward at a Relief Society meeting her pattern for super cute T-shirt dresses (you can find her step-by-step instructions here).
I have loved these dresses for awhile now, and it finally dawned on me that this could be the solution to my maternity dress problem. So after telling myself for a month that I can create such a dress on my own, I decided to try one Saturday. I bought some cute gray light corderoy fabric from Joann's and a cute forest green top from Cozy (if you have not been to Cozy on University Pkwy, seriously you are missing out...Leanne told me about this place so I finally went and seriously all the cute clothes made me covet having a skinny body again). After many hours and a few prayers, I managed to come out with a creation that I am not embarrassed to wear.
This definitely is not as good of quality as the dresses that Leanne makes, but I learned a few valuable tips for the next one I make. Like, because I'm prego and the fabric isn't stretchy, I needed more fabric than normal. So next time I am going to get 1 3/4 yard of fabric. Because of my lack of fabric I didn't get to gather the skirt as much as I would have liked. Second, I think I'm going to try some jersey fabric that lays nicer on the curves. Third, I did a back seam rather than two side seams (in order to save on fabric), but really the side seams would be way easier to work with when trying to make your gathering on the skirt even. Anyway, it wasn't bad for a first attempt at making my own clothes. Chase is thrilled because he really likes the idea of me making matching dresses for me and the little one. I'm just happy to have a dress that I don't have to pull down every 5 minutes.