I’m very pleased to announce that last week Matt and I welcomed our new baby girl, Jasmine Rose, into the world. We’re absolutely besotted – and totally sleep deprived! As I’m settling into motherhood I will be slowing down ever so slightly on social media (you don’t want to see me on Instagram Stories right now!), but I did want to do a little round-up post about my favourite handmade pieces during my third-trimester, for those of you coming up to this stage. I hope you find it useful!
For the most part of the third trimester, I still enjoyed my maternity style. Feeling stylish and well turned-out even though I was getting so big was definitely a challenge, but as someone who enjoys fashion it turned out to be quite fun.
The last month or so wasn’t so glam and found that jewellery and red lips were all the style I could muster as I wanted to live in stretchy leggings and t-shirts! Here is a round-up of my favourite outfits before I got that point…
I made the Eve Dress to coincide with the launch of the pattern, which happened right at the end of the pregnancy but I wanted to have photos and make a vlog to promote it. I love this version; the fabric is so special. It feels very pretty. It is made out of cotton lawn. The seam from the waist was moved up to sit under the bust and extra room added to the front wrap of the skirt. I could have added more to the bust but hey ho – it was hard keeping track of the ever-growing ladies!
My Ultimate Wrap Dress was a great little number. Stretch fabric is a great friend to the pregnant lady! Because it could grow with me I was able to keep wearing this throughout the third trimester. An easy hack and a quick make!
I made one more Tilly & The Buttons Agnes Top hack which got me half way through this trimester. It did become too small and just a bit too clingy for me by the end. But love this version and the blue stripy French terry I made it out of.
The Colette Patterns Wren Dress was another great comfy stretchy dress, and something I was also able to carry on wearing. It ended up a bit low cut but wore it with a little lace vest and that worked perfectly. You can see me in it in my February makes vlog.
The Alex Shirt Dress from my eBook My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break was a wee bit short but I wore it a lot with tights. Our sample maker at Sew Over It, Lisa, made it for me for the Knitting & Stitching Show as we were selling the fabric. I plan to take the side seams back in and turn it into a non-maternity dress for when I go back to work.
The Molly Top (also from my eBook) here has been a great little addition to the comfy loungewear I feel like wearing, but as it is in pretty pink it feels a bit more special! I’ve been wearing this with my maternity hacked Ultimate Trousers, which I talk through on my February Makes video. These were comfy to wear until the last month!
I love this Ultimate Shirt Dress top hack. It’s sleeveless and very comfy to wear. It’s something I wore in my second trimester and pleased that it’s still going strong. It looks great with my maternity jeans and one of my favourite cardigans. I find these short cardis are the best as they break up the outfit – I’ve found the longer ones make me look wider.
This is a pattern I designed for myself and have loved wearing it as a top and a dress. I wore both up until the end of my pregnancy and I am going to try and wear post-maternity too. I reckon if I level off the hems they will look good – we will see!
Even though the baby has now arrived I think most of these pieces will still be key in my wardrobe for a while. And even as I navigate breast-feeding and having a tiny little one keeping me up in the night, I’m looking forward to ditching the leggings and clawing back that little bit of Lisa-style I’ve lost over the last month – and not having to rely so heavily on the red lipstick!