Today, I get to share with you some of the exciting things I have been up to since my last post in May. After my last blog post, I found out we are expecting a baby! The best way to get pregnant seems to be to declare you are finished having kids and to give away most of your maternity wardrobe and baby gear and clothes. (Don't panic I kept my carriers and strollers!)
Once the morning sickness and exhaustion set in, my amount of energy left to sew was scarce, but I did have time to plan. The second trimester usually greets me with more energy, and this time it did not disappoint. My first requirement in maternity wear is that it cannot feel like it is touching my stomach. To stay up, though, most waistbands do exactly that - touch me. When I saw the Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June, I knew they would work perfect. These are not designed for maternity but work perfect for the occasion. Look at all that comfort, and yet, they stay up perfect! Not only are they drafted so well, the pattern is free! It is a great introduction to other Hey June patterns, which all come together very easily due to her wonderful instructions and diagrams.
I made a size small in the Mountain Pose Pants. My hips measure at a 36.5 and my waist measurement is constantly growing. I like how the pattern recommends trying on the waistband and getting the perfect wrap around fit for your waist. I made a charcoal pair and a black pair that are both in a cotton lycra and at capri length. The pattern has a defined knee so it is really easy to measure to get the length where you need it to fall. I knew these would need to be in heavy rotation and that these colors would go with so many of my tops. The pants begin to flare out right where my calf is and give the perfect amount of breathing room for the top of my calf.
The tank top I am wearing with the pants is the Pony Tank by Chalk and Notch. It is a very quick sew as well and works perfect for hiding the baby bump in those early months. I made one tank top in a burnout jersey knit, and the other is in a floral whale print brushed poly from Zenith and Quasar.
I also had a chance to make one more top to pair with my new pants. This is the Hamburg Dolman from ShwinDesigns. It is a loose slouchy top that I knew would work great for a growing bump. I used a rayon spandex bundle that I had gotten from Made Whimsy. This rayon spandex is very soft and has great drape.
Thanks for reading my blog, and I hope I have inspired you.
Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson of Capture, Craft, and Cook
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