I’d intended to write this post (actually, a series of posts) about maternity sewing for curvy women while I was still pregnant. However, early pregnancy discomfort, followed by a cross-country move, followed by maintenance issues with the townhome my husband and I are renting, followed by late pregnancy discomfort did not really allow for that! Couple all of that with an active toddler and getting to know a new city and…well, really there’s no excuse.
But I did want to share with you the maternity and maternity-friendly patterns that are available for plus size moms. These patterns can be as tricky to find as plus size maternity clothes in RTW sizing. However, I did manage to make 5 garments for myself while pregnant. I will talk about those first, in this post, and then move on to other available maternity or maternity-friendly patterns in future posts.
The garments I wound up making for myself were 2 cardigans, 1 skirt, 1 dress, and 1 pair of pants.
I’ve been wanting to make this cardigan since I first signed up to subscribe to Seamwork by Colette Patterns. I have a great brown sweater knit fabric that is packed somewhere among my boxes of fabric (yup, I’m still unpacking). This pattern comes in sizes XS-3XL. I made the 3XL, and it fit my pregnant body well. I actually wear this cardigan a lot, and it is great for nursing and baby wearing as well since it’s roomy and can help keep my little guy nice and toasty while we’re out. I made the sweater in a great sweater knit from Hancock Fabrics. I didn’t have to make any adjustments to it, though I did make it without the buttons and buttonholes. Had I made it with the buttons and buttonholes, there would have been plenty of room to still close the sweater. It’s roomy!
I made this pattern up as a pattern tester when I was 7 months pregnant. I did not do it with the buttons, as I knew it wouldn’t close, but as with the Oslo Cardigan, I don’t really intend to wear cardigans closed. I think I did once long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away because I’d spilled something on my shirt. I digress. The cardigan sewed up a lot faster than I thought it would! I fought with the elbow patches a little bit, but it’s definitely a good cardigan for wearing with jeans. I wound up never adding the buttons or buttonholes to the cardigan. I’ve worn it a lot more post-pregnancy than I did while I was pregnant, but it’s very accommodating due to its boxier shape. It’s a great piece for layering (as cardigans are) while pregnant.
I made this skirt, and finished it, the day before I learned I was pregnant. I wore it through my pregnancy just below my belly bump and I wore it postpartum for a date. It’s easy (I mean, you can’t get much easier than this skirt), yet elegant, and it was a great piece for feeling dressed up while being comfortable. The yoga waistband is a big plus for this skirt.
This dress is great for a curvy girl’s pregnancy. I made the empire waist option so that I had plenty of room with the gathers for baby to grow. It was super comfy, since I made it out of a thick t-shirt-like knit. That came in really handy for the last month and a half of pregnancy, let me tell you! I did add a couple of inches to the hem, so that it would still be about knee-length when accounting for my baby bump. The only thing I didn’t do that I really should have done was a full bust adjustment.
Okay, so I will admit, I was REALLY nervous about sewing up the Peg Legs leggings to wear while pregnant. I wasn’t sure that they would fit over my belly bump. I used a super stretchy 4-way stretch just to be sure that they would work. And guess what! They did. That was nice, because it gets cold in Wichita, and since I was due in December, they allowed me to extend the life of my dresses through the season.
So that’s it, that’s what I made while pregnant with my now 5-month old. I know. We wound up adding buying a house and caring for a little guy to the toddler and teenager mix. Life is very busy these days, but I’m definitely making time to sew! There are actually a lot of patterns out there that lend themselves well to maternity mods (and that go up into larger sizes).