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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Maternity Wear ( Moderated by JEF)

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KarenTeel

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Date: 3/24/11 9:35 PM

I desperately need your help. My daughter is pg with #3 and it has been 8 years since #2. She spaces all of them 8 years apart. Of course she has no clothes for this and she is due in Aug. As she is usually wears a 2X in RTW we are having a real hard time finding tops and pants for work. I can make some but the patterns really worry me. They just do not go large enough for her.

Please suggest some patterns. I do have Ottobre back issues and I am going to see if they have some patterns that will work for her. We are both so excited about this baby and she is doing so well in her career and we want both to be good things for her.

Please help me make some cool clothes for her job and for play time at home.

Thank you all.

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Date: 3/24/11 10:46 PM

If you have her pre-preg measurements, that might help us give you an idea. I was plus sized while preg, and I just made my same size in the neck /shoulders, then way bigger on the bottom!

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Date: 3/25/11 5:49 AM

Hi Andi,

She is a rectangle with FB measurement of 50, high bust, 48 1/2, waist 50, hips 50. She is pretty evenly distributed, no long waist, sloping shoulders, etc., and stands about 5'5". We have determined square necklines just don't look good on her. We just need to make sure she does not look real blocky with the styles.

I think I can blend out towards the bottom when doing tops, but really am at a loss when it comes to adding width toward the top/bust area. For pants, I like some of the patterns but they just don't seem to go big enough and I know I do not have the skills to add here.
Thank you

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Date: 3/25/11 9:57 AM

Have you checked Jalie. The Criss Cross top I linked to goes up to a 50inch bust and can be maternity or nursing. I do not think they have any maternity bottoms though.

With multisized patterns like Jalie, you can use the lines to guide you to make the next larger size, even it it is not on the pattern.

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Date: 3/25/11 10:42 AM

Michelle,

That is a cute top with many sleeve options. I will definitely look into their tops. Now if I could just figure out the pants issue. I see some of the patterns include directions on how to convert existing pants but I am just not that secure in doing something like this.

Jalie it is for a start.
Thank you

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Date: 3/25/11 11:20 AM

Here's a Kwik Sew pants pattern. I like that it includes instructions on how to convert trw jeans into maternity with a knit panel.

If you are feeling brave, here are some instructions for converting a pattern to maternity

Found a Burda pattern. I like the crotch fit of Burda pants

Good luck

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Date: 3/25/11 4:47 PM

Kathy
the Kwik Sew pattern stops at XL and I don't think it is large enough. But I sure loved that Burda and ordered it!

Thank you so much for the heads up. PR rocks.

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Date: 3/25/11 8:05 PM

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If you are feeling brave, here are some instructions for converting a pattern to maternity


I did this. I'm borderline "plus" versus regular. Pregnancy seems to affect my butt as well as my belly, so regular maternity pants were dismal, and let's not even go into those skinny jean maternity versions.

I took my regular favorite pants and did basically the above. Or did the cutting they recommended and put 3 inch elastic (or however wide I had it) in a knit casing and wore it underneath my belly. Yoga waist garments were my friend all the way through PG and postpartum.

I wore quite a lot of regular tops as the trend my last PG was empire-waist shirts in RTW and patterns. Anything that had lots of gathering in the front where it attached to the yoke was pretty much a go for me all the way through, if made in a knit.

I disliked that criss-cross top both as maternity and nursing. I know a lot of people like it, but I looked hideous in it, and the stretch was nowhere near enough even in a 4-way stretch, clearly outlining my protruding belly button. It was not a look I wanted.

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Date: 3/25/11 8:42 PM

+1 the recommendation for Kwik Sew. They have plus sizes from 1-4X and I saw two pull-on pant patterns -- one for woven and one for knit. These could easily be modified for maternity.

There are also several top styles that have empire lines that would easily accommodate a maternity adjustment.

Good luck!

Edited to add link to JCPenney plus size maternity in RTW for ideas or possible purchase.

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KarenTeel

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Date: 3/26/11 8:59 AM

TanyaMT - good point on the twist top. My daughter needs work clothes and I agree the belly button should not be so prominent.

Steffie - Penneys had some cute tops but I was concerned about the ease for the belly. After looking at some I think they would become very snug after baby growth.

I looked through my Ottobre Woman issues last night and found a couple of patterns I will be able to use for tops and pants. So that will help some on style selections. I also ordered some cotton lawn from fabric.com to make some lighter weight blouse/tops. I was surprised that most of my cottons are quilting cottons in my stash and they do not make nice blouses.

I do have some very nice cotton/lycra shirtings in white and gray that may work out. So I have a nice t-shirt type pattern, a blouse type pattern and the Burda pants pattern (coming). If I vary these up with different fabric types and prints I should be OK. Hopefully just a couple of pair of the pants will do the trick as she cannot wear jeans to work.

Thank you everyone for your suggestions.

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