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Message Board > Fitting Woes > I officially give up! ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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I officially give up!
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Date: 1/12/12 6:48 PM

Trying to properly fit maternity clothes is giving me a headache. Just when I get something right, my boobs get even more huge and everything goes to heck. I'm only 12 weeks, and I've already gone up 2 cup sizes. It's madness! Even with stretchy fabrics, it's just too much for me to handle, given my limited expertise.

Thanks for letting me vent I suppose I could use this time to make a new purse (which is desperately needed), dress-up-clothes for my current kids, and fun baby things for the new one.

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Date: 1/12/12 7:05 PM

When I was having children, the styles were not as fitted so it was easier. I think your cup size shouldn't change to much anymore until just before you give birth. Buttonhole elastic can be your friend. It can grow with you.

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Date: 1/12/12 7:40 PM

I like your idea of working on some fun things! Congratualtions. Hey, are you having a July baby?

Did you happen to see the flower patterns they have in the accessory section of the pattern catalogs? They look like a lot of fun.

And, maybe for later.....................................
Go for the sort of bohemian/hippie look that is making a big of a comeback. I went to class through May in the 70's with most of my classmates not realizing that I was going to have an 8lb, 2oz baby in the middle of July. They were quite startled when one of the professors asked if I wanted a boy or a girl.

Let us know if we need to send ice cream, tacos, pickles or baby sitters your way. And best wishes to you during this exciting time.

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Date: 1/12/12 7:52 PM

The maternity smock was a wonderful thing. I made 2 or 3 of Simplicity 8606 and maybe a dress version of one of the ones with sleeves. I lived in them! And when the baby was born, I probably could have literally lived in them because they were as big as tents. No fitting expertise necessary.

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Date: 1/13/12 3:58 PM

Tourist, your pattern looks like one that I had.
Beginagain is right, back in the day, we didn't wear skin thight clothing during pregnancy. Everything flowed. I even had a bathing suit that "flowed"(I had an August baby) Everything thing was made from lightweight cottons. I still have those patterns from 30+years ago I'll see if I can find some of them and post the pics. Luckily, you will be able to wear some nice loosy goosey sundresses, as you get closer to the due date.

I found them....


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Date: 1/14/12 9:27 AM

a7yrstitch -- Yup, he (or she) will be a July baby This pregnancy I've been craving salsa like crazy. It's a spicy baby!

I'm not really going for a skin-tight or particularly fitted look, but I must admit I'm not a big fan of the tent-like styles It's tough to find things in the middle.

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Date: 1/14/12 9:45 AM

I craved Mt. Olive Hot spicy pickle mix with my second baby...he's a pistol! The first one I craved Chicken Chow Mein and Oysters...he is somewhat quiet and fades into the crowd I loved the tent look. By the time hot weather hit, I just wanted easy breezy, and when my belly button popped out, I couldn't stand anything snug near it...so the baggier the better We also spent a lot of time at the river, in the days before cottages were air conditioned.

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Date: 1/14/12 3:27 PM

Salsa, yum! We avoided Costco over the holidays but just made a trip. I've been eating that delicious salsa that they have in the cooler with their sushi rolls!

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Just in case that sewing bug strikes again,
Even back in the day, I tried for a less tent like fit by adding in a center front seam with a pleat basted in behind it so I could open up the pleat when the work in progress called for it. The hidden pleats can also be top stitched with a long stitch length that will be easy to pull out later if you want more control over the extra fabric.

V1261 would work for a long time. Eileen Fisher had a sweater shaped like this detailed with a small pocket that sat to the side just over one hip.

V1194 might work as a dress or shortened top depending upon how you carry. It would be a good candidate for one, two, or three hidden basted in pleats.

I can see you wanting to wear a simplified version of V1175 by the end of June. It's the little frou-frou ruffle at the bottom of the skirt that I would do away with; but, that's just me.

V8574 also looks like it could modified for an early summer to delivery top or dress. Or, earlier with a short swing cardigan or jacket.

B5679 has a very nifty pocket detail that makes it more fashionable than 'maternity'. The detail could be copied over to V1261.

Keep us posted on those cravings and your progress. Some of us have to grandparent by proxy while we are waiting around. It's been slow coming, but I've decided that I'm ready to be a grandparent now, just waiting on other people to decide it is time for them to be parents. (Shhh, you can't tell anyone I said this.)

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