Thursday, September 6, 2012

Faux Cami Maxi Skirt

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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).

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(Shirt: Motherhood, Tank: Pea in the Pod, Cami/Skirt: Made by Me, Necklace: Gift)

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!

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Can’t wait to see this sweet little face in real life!!!

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  1. Cute belly and such a great idea with the belly band skirt. Wish I would have had one when I was pregnant!

  2. You look beautiful and I love the skirt! The faux lace cami would be awesome for any regular skirt too!

  3. This is such a clever skirt! And cute too. I made a couple maternity skirts with my first baby, and I always had trouble covering the odd colored bands...this is so much smarter.
    I'm thinking from the picture that Reese is going to look a lot like Jace. =)

  4. How smart and sneaky of you! Good job! And you look cute!

  5. What a great idea! That looks so cute--I also like the look of a lace cami under a t-shirt, but hate the constant tugging to make sure it stays in the right spot. (But now I have to ask . . . are you wearing another cami under your shirt to get extra coverage at the neck? Or is that a piece of a cami that you sewed right into the shirt?) You are looking fantastic--I remember being huge by this point, but you look so cute. And Reese's little face?! So sweet! I'm excited to 'meet' her.

  6. SO SMART and easy!!! And you look so cute pregnant, I think I want to be pregnant just looking at you, so hurry up and have her and tell me about the sleepless newborn nights, pinch me, and tell me I'm crazy! haha!

  7. This is such a cute idea. I love what you did, andI have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am a follower and would love for you to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above your baby's picture is precious.

  8. Yea, I thought you looked low. Good to hear you are on the home stretch. You look fabulous, but not like you want to hang out too much longer. Thanks for the tutorial. I won't be needing the maternity version but obviously this skirt is a great choice for anyone. The fancy waist top was a nice touch.


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