Monday, July 7, 2014

Seeing Dots: A Vintage Maternity Top

Simplicity 1174
Okay, okay, I know at the beginning of this pregnancy I said I would be sewing more separates this time. Yup, I ended up sewing more vintage dresses, but in my defense, they are just so easy to sew and cute to wear. Not to mention that I already had more modern separates that I had either bought and worn in previous pregnancies and that had been given to me. It seems like there is no shortage of modern separates for maternity in my wardrobe, but I did get around to sewing up a maternity top the other day and now wish I had more time to sew some more versions of this awesome top. Probably not going to happen, so don't hold your breath. I'm looking ahead to my post baby sewing queue and especially fall dressing. (Hey, thoughts of cool autumn mornings are helping me not to go crazy as I literally melt in all the heat and humidity here in the south.)

I really love the fun details of this design.

I used two remnants of a quilting cotton with baby blue dots on a soft brown background and sewed up the sleeveless version. Not only was it a relatively fast and easy make, but it's insanely comfortable and I get lots of compliments every time I wear it. I seriously love this top and am contemplating sewing another version even though I'm getting into the home stretch of this pregnancy and might not get to wear it much. 
Trying to hold photobombing daughter still.
It's more comfortable than the usual stretchy maternity t-shirt or tank top and the swingy loose nature of the top makes it super cool for the hot and humid summer weather we're having. If you're expecting and can sew or know someone who would sew for you, I cannot recommend a loose fitting vintage maternity top enough. This will, God willing, be our fourth child and I can tell you from experience that  you will want to wear nothing tight fitting again while pregnant if you try one of these loose vintage styles. 

I even had enough fabric leftover to make a pair of cute shorts for my daughter (to be seen in a future post).
Youngest son was napping, but Sir J the Brave couldn't let the Fairy Princess Cowgirl have all the photobombing fun.
Since I'm getting a little burned out on making maternity clothing and I'm in the final weeks of this pregnancy, I'm thinking ahead to sewing for fall. I've been sewing a lot for the kids and trying to get into getting everything ready for the new baby. I don't think I'm "nesting" quite yet, but I am excited to plan out projects for the fall for everyone.

So, how do you plan out the coming season's wardrobe? Does it change your buying or sewing plans?


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you. It's so hot and humid here that I am definitely getting some wear out of it.

  2. Hi there! Retro rover recommended your blog to me so here I am. I'm in my first pregnancy and trying to explore vintage maternity style a bit. Your outfits are very inspirational, and making me more motivated to do some sewing of my own! So many cute dresses and tops...lovely.

    1. Aw, thank you. This, God willing, will be our fourth baby, so I've amassed and went through many maternity clothes. I started sewing from vintage patterns during my second pregnancy and can tell you they are so comfortable that I never wanted to go back to wearing modern ones, especially towards the end.
      I think women shouldn't have to give up their style or savings to look and feel pretty during pregnancy. And uou don't have to make a committee to vintage clothing to wear vintage maternity, especially if you're sewing them, using a different color or print and pairing it with more modern accessories or separates can make a big difference as to how vintage you look.
      I enjoy having fun with my clothes and feel most me in vintage styles. I encourage you to embrace the big changes coming your way and celebrate how miraculously your body is adapting and making a perfect spot for the life of your little one to flourish. Motherhood is gorgeous.