I’ve been meaning to make Leanne Barlow’s maxi skirt pretty much since I got pregnant. I even had a great piece of gray knit in my stash to use. But, unfortunately, I never quite got to it.
That is, until today. My serger was out, I had my Bunko baby shower in the evening, and really all I want to wear these days is my pair of gray sweats. Perfect opportunity. So I pulled out my material and followed along with Leanne’s tutorial. But when I got to the waistband, I switched things up a bit.
That’s right. I’m not wearing a lace cami under my shirt. It’s a part of the skirt and folds over like a Belly Band or my [now a bit tight] maternity pants.
Now I can wear my tops comfortably without having to tug my shirt down all the time to ensure it covers the navy or tan belly panels on all my other clothes. And I’m confident this will be something I can continue wearing after the baby comes.
As I said above, I followed Leanne’s tutorial with making the main part of the skirt. Then I cut off the bottom 2/3 of a cami with lace trim that had a broken strap. I think I’ve held onto it with the hope of mending, but this put it to even better use. I sewed the cami tube to the body of the skirt. The tube was a little smaller than the skirt, so I just stretched it as I serged them together. (A serger made it nice and easy and quick. But you can still sew this with a regular machine. Check out my tutorial for sewing with knits.)
All I did to hem the skirt was serge the raw edges. Super simple, only took about a half hour, and I can’t even begin to describe how comfortable! Like, so comfortable I think I could happily wear this skirt every time I go in public until this baby comes (any time I’m not in public I’ll be in my sweats).
And speaking of “until this baby comes,” we officially have four weeks left, but women in my family tend to have all their babies after the first several weeks early. Two of my brothers and I were 20 days early each. So my little lady could be here in just a week. She’s dropped, engaged and LOW, so I’ll be happy whenever she comes as long as she’s ready!
Can’t wait to see this sweet little face in real life!!!
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