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emgee
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Date: 12/1/11 2:51 PM

I have not sewn anything for myself now that I'm pregnant(other than self-drafted knock offs of other maternity clothes) and I'm a little clueless about how to alter a pattern to fit my tummy.

The pattern I wanted to work with is Vogue 8691, which seems to me to be a maternity friendly style.

I'm very small, 5 feet tall and narrow in the shoulders (34 cm from shoulder seam to shoulder seam). I'm also a 34DD-DDD, so I would normally need to do a FBA (which I don't even know how to do.

My 5 month tummy is already quite large, at 113 cm around the middle.

I'm thinking that maybe since I'm so big in the tummy I might need to just move up a few sizes for everything below the shoulders, but the pattern doesn't even get up to a 113 cm waist measurement, so I'm not really sure where to begin.

Any suggestions?
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Date: 12/1/11 4:25 PM

I find that fitted styles are more flattering on pregnant figures. This way it is obvious that only your belly is big, not the rest of you. Loose clothes might make you look very big, especially if you are not very tall.

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Date: 12/1/11 4:41 PM

I'm in the same boat! Small/average frame, but 34DDD. I'm not as far along as you, though (only 8 weeks), so I've got a little more time to get this figured out :)

I think you'll want to learn to do an FBA to really be happy with the fit, especially if you have narrow shoulders. I'm finally getting the hang of it, and it's so worth the effort! I've mostly used the info in Fit For Real People for FBAs, and it's been good.

The sites below have been recommended before as good resources for maternity alterations. I haven't tried a full tummy adjustment yet, but plan to sometime next week.

Fully Tummy Adjustment
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I'd love to hear what others with more experience have to say!

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Date: 12/1/11 4:41 PM

I'm in the same boat! Small/average frame, but 34DDD. I'm not as far along as you, though (only 8 weeks), so I've got a little more time to get this figured out :)

I think you'll want to learn to do an FBA to really be happy with the fit, especially if you have narrow shoulders. I'm finally getting the hang of it, and it's so worth the effort! I've mostly used the info in Fit For Real People for FBAs, and it's been good.

The sites below have been recommended before as good resources for maternity alterations. I haven't tried a full tummy adjustment yet, but plan to sometime next week.

Fully Tummy Adjustment
Assorted Notions blog

I'd love to hear what others with more experience have to say!

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Date: 12/1/11 5:45 PM

Try this link- it is a PR thread on maternity sewing. I'm pretty sure there is a link or a tute for altering a pattern for maternity in the tread somewhere. Maternity thread

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Date: 12/1/11 6:24 PM

I bought maternity clothes and borrowed my DH's. Also busty, was fat as a cow and did not care one BIT how I looked after they put me on bed rest.

I never wear jammies anywhere. I lived in them (and they were DH's).

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