I try not to complain about anything pregnancy related...
because I am just so grateful that I am pregnant.
But let's be real here...maternity clothes are a RIP OFF!
The last (and first) time I was pregnant, I bought myself a nice little maternity wardrobe.
You would hope that you would be able to reuse those clothes in future pregnancies.
Nope. Not me.
Pregnancy #1 I was working full time therefore I bought lots of trousers and dress shirts.
Pregnancy #2 I'm a stay at home mom with no need for trousers or dress shirts.
Pregnancy #1 I was big pregnant right through winter.
Pregnancy #2 I am big pregnant right through summer.
Pregnancy #1 I started my pregnancy at 170 pounds.
Pregnancy #2 I started my pregnancy at 145 pounds.
Let's just say that not a single clothing item has been able to be recycled.
I have 2 main issues with maternity clothing...the length and the price.
Attention maternity clothing designers:
I don't like my fat pregnant thighs shown to the world
I don't like paying more for clothing I can only wear for 3 months then clothes I wear the rest of my life.
So I've done my best to wear regular clothes for as long as possible. Here are the non-maternity clothes I am loving:
-Downeast clothing has great shirts...I have their cap sleeve t's in about every color and they still fit...love that.
-Athleta is one of my new fav clothing lines. I have 2 of their dresses and could wear them up to a month ago...they are super comfortable and cute. I also bought a skirt that I am currently wearing and will be able to wear the whole pregnancy...and then when I am back to my normal size it will still fit. I'd wear it every day if people wouldn't notice. The beauty of athleta is (not just their super cute clothes) that I can buy talls...which means no fat thighs hanging out.
-Maxi dresses...from anywhere...they love non pregnant and pregnant bellys!
I have had to break down and buy some maternity items. I found these shorts and LOVE them. I have bought a few things from Motherhood Maternity...a pair of capris and a dress. And I have found a few things at Old Navy. I have been able to find some great deals...but the length issues remains.
Which brings me to my dress revamp.
I am NOT a seamstress...
but I can sew well enough to make pillows and add fabric to a dress:)
I bought this dress from Old Navy (online) for $15. When it arrived it was just a bit too short for my liking. I just want my thighs covered...c'mon is that too much for my 7 month body to ask for?
So I found some fabric at Joanns that I thought would not only help me lengthen the dress but add a little something to it. I cut the fabric into 6 inch strips, folded it in half and stitched it to the bottom of the dress.
I think it turned out just fine.
Yes, it's a jersey dress and that bottom fabric is not...oh well...it's only 3 months.
I'm just glad that I have another dress to get me through this hot summer and my thighs can be cool without having to bare themselves to the world:)