This week I’m back to work after my maternity leave. I’ve had a wonderful time off and I’m so grateful to have been able to spend this time with Jasmine whilst she’s been so little. It’s been so special. Today I thought I’d do a run-down of my favourite outfits from my maternity leave for any new mums who might be wondering what on earth to wear in this period of breastfeeding and baby sick!
For me it’s been all about practicality. I’m still breastfeeding so easy access has been key, and because I was on maternity leave during summer, I needed to be able to keep cool. My typical vintage-inspired silhouettes haven’t been so apparent and I’ve definitely gone for a more modern look. But it was important that I still look like me, so naturally my maternity leave wardrobe has been 90% handmade!
Let’s start with dresses! The dresses above have been my go-to staples during my maternity leave. They can all be opened at the bust with buttons which makes access for breastfeeding a breeze. And because none of them are too tight I’ve felt really comfortable in them, and not self-conscious about my tummy.
I love the pineapple print on my Vintage Shirt Dress (left). The fabric is a linen/cotton blend which is nice and breathable. I’d normally make the skirt on this dress longer for that 1940s feel, but the above-the-knee length on this version has been really practical.
The Doris Dress in the middle is something I’ve had for a long time but I’m only just able to wear now. It was always a little big too big at the bust, but thanks to breastfeeding it now fits! I’m so pleased as I love it. This rayon is to die for!
My Penny Dress (right) is the comfiest thing! It has an elasticated waist and easy fit, so it’s been on high rotation.
I like that all these styles have that little nod to vintage – it keeps me feeling like me!
I got all the uses out of both the Alex Shirt and Dress from my eBook, My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break – this pattern has been a saviour! Nice and loose, super comfy and with a button-up front, very practical, I’ve worn it a LOT. I like that it works in any gorgeous rayon or cotton, and it’s also a nice quick sew. The bird print version is now my favourite dress in my wardrobe!
Feeling glamorous can be hard when you’ve just had a baby, but glam was just what I needed this summer as I’d been invited to a couple of weddings. My Eve Dress (in the centre) was the perfect thing for our friends’ wedding in Greece at the start of September. The fabric is stunning! The wrap front meant that when I had to sneak off to feed Jasmine it wasn’t a big faff, and with its fluted sleeves and romantic dipped hem, I always felt special.
I wore the Ultimate Shift Top and Lizzie Skirt combo (right) to Matt’s brother’s wedding, albeit in different fabric – a beautiful Liberty silk that I’d been saving! Access for breastfeeding was still easy thanks to the cropped length of the top.
Though I haven’t worn it for any special occasions, my Colette Patterns Wren Dress (left) has also had lots of outings. It’s been great for summer when you just need to throw something on, but still want to look nice. Because it’s made in jersey it’s so comfy and has been the easiest of all my dresses to feed Jasmine.
Because my maternity leave mostly fell over the summer and outerwear wasn’t a huge consideration, it meant I could have fun with the coats and jackets I did choose to wear. The Lola Coat, from My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break eBook, has been a staple. I’ve worn it loads! For warmer days my chiffon Kimono Jacket (right) has done the same. Both can be thrown on over jeans and a t-shirt and you instantly feel stylish.
My pink jacquard Coco Jacket (left) has been something fun to wear for the odd fancier occasion.
Our maternity patterns, Blossom and Lily, have done me proud! I designed both of these tops for my actual pregnancy, but I’ve kept on wearing them even since Jasmine was born because they’re really comfy and practical. I am biased but I think they’re the best tops – they both make you feel pretty when you probably don’t feel it! Both Lily and Blossom are now available as patterns at Sew Over It!
To anyone planning their own maternity leave wardrobe, I hope this helps! I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of balancing practicality with my personal style, and I know all of these pieces are going to remain staples in my wardrobe.