Mini Post Partum Capsule Wardrobe

With my pregnancy nearing the end (maybe by the time you read this, I will have had the baby), I decided to make a small post partum capsule wardrobe. Because I don´t fit into them yet, I´ve used my mannequin as a stand in.

The clothes I was going to make had to be:

  • warm
  • comfortable
  • adapted to weight fluctuations
  • nursing friendly

Solution: STRETCH!

Project 1: Skirts!

I made some sweaterknit skirts for the munchkin as part of her Christmas present and not so secretly, I was totally jealous of them. I wanted to make some for myself but seeing as I didn´t find a suitable pattern I decided to draft (or rather pattern hack) it myself.

I used Grainline´s Moss skirt as a base but lengthened the short version by 2¨, I left off the pockets, cut the front and back on the fold and added 2¨ at the top so I could add a fold over elastic waistband… So basically I changed it all, but it was nice having a TNT to use as a base for length and width.

Ever since I discovered Ottobre patterns, I´ve been in love with the circular pockets they do. I wanted similar pockets for my skirt, so I drafted these myself. (I got an Ottobre subscription for Christmas and I LOVE it)

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Result: 1 raspberry coloured en 1 navy blue skirt for myself. The sweaterknit I used totally fits the bill. I´ve been using this range of sweaterknits for months ever since I found it at my local fabric store. I bought it in nearly every colour they have and I love the fact that it looks like a solid from afar but it has these little coloured flecks which makes it a lot more interesting!

Project 2: Pants!

I hate jeans. I love denim though and have several yards in my stash but I´ve never found wearing jeans particularly comfortable. Also making pants is hard on the best of days, so I wasn´t even going to try making a pair without knowing what my hips are going to do after giving birth 😉

 

But jeans are the ultimate neutral basic so I kept coming back to it. I finally went stash shopping to see if it could give me some inspiration and it did! I found this really lovely stretch denim. It´s quite heavy but drapey at the same time with about 40% stretch. It was perfect for a pair of secret pyjamas. I chose to make the Hudson Pants by True Bias because I made one early on in my pregnancy and I´ve been wearing that thing non-stop!

This time, I didn´t do any pregnancy alterations, omitted the cuffs and added 6¨ to the pants legs. I used yellow topstitching thread to add some jeans details and I really like the outcome!

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Result: This is the most comfortable pair of ¨jeans¨ ever. If I fold down the waistband I could wear them already, but I feel the need to save them so I have something new to wear after the baby´s born. After consulting IG, I decided to leave them long so I can wear them rolled up with a cuff or fold them to the inside so they look hemmed.

Project 3: T-shirts!

Nice, easy tops are key when breastfeeding. There weren´t any RTW nursing tops or patterns that I liked however. They all looked so … boring and practical 😀

I wanted some new t-shirts which had a relaxed fit but with a bit of waist shaping. They needed had a low enough neckline and enough stretch recovery so I could just pull down the neckline to nurse. Before my pregnancy I had been experimenting with drafting my own t-shirt pattern and it was perfect for this. Made up in a nice drapey viscose/rayon knit, it looks flattering and is practical at the same time. I shopped the stash once again and went to work.

All three t-shirts are made with the same pattern, the only difference being that I used my serger to attach the neckline and armbands of the arrow shirt. I did this because the arrow shirt is a slightly thicker cotton knit and it could handle the weight of the serged seams. The viscose knits were too drapey and the serged seam distorted the necklines. So I just used a zigzag stitch instead.

I used wash away wondertape on all three to do the hems and I love it, no more tunneling when using a twin needle! They might be a tad long but my original shirt was slightly too short. I added enought length to be sure it was long enough and figured I can always shorten them if necessary.

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Result: In love! They match the bottom pieces I made perfectly and they coordinate nicely with my sweaters and cardigans. Because they are loose and have short sleeves I´ll even be able to wear these during the (hopefully) warm Summer months.

 

 

I hope to get some pictures of me actually modelling this stuff but I´m not making any promises!

Until next time!

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20 thoughts on “Mini Post Partum Capsule Wardrobe

  1. You always find the best prints! Everything you’ve made is lovely, and those denim Hudsons are a stroke of genius. Can’t wait to meet your new little munchkin when they arrive!

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    1. I’ve been hoarding these prints for such a long time because I had enough to make a dress and I feel guilty when only using some for a shirt 🙂 Those Hudson are awesome and they even look quite fancy with heels 🙂

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  2. Great wardrobe capsule! I really like the look of your sweater skirts, I think I may need something similar… I’m also very much in love with that blue flower print you used. And those Hudson jeans look great!

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  3. Those Hudsons!! Brilliant! I’m totally jealous, I wish my post partum wardrobe had been anything like this good! Hope you’re doing ok and baby arrives easily (as much as possible!) and safely 🙂

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  4. I can’t believe you even had the energy thinking about sewing at the end of your pregnancy – let’s not even talk about actually sewing a whole collection! And everything turned out so well – amazing!

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      1. So, given that you replied so quickly I gather you will not have had the baby yet? Hope all goes well if you haven’t and congratulations if you have!

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  5. Great idea! I’ve been enjoying sewing but starting to think making more maternity clothes might be wasted effort… So thanks for the inspiration! P.s. Spending the day napping & sewing sounds lovely. Good luck!

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    1. I think sewing more maternity clothes depends on how much time you have left. I stopped sewing maternity wear two months ago but I had made a ton before (still to blog, oops). The most important thing is feeling good during pregnancy whether that means wearing the same thing day in day out, or like me, sewing a gazillion things 🙂

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