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Week 13: Maternity wardrobe DIY?

Since fall, I’ve been working on my domestic skills with my friend Janet who lives around the corner. Janet is around my mom’s age, and she is my role model! The woman can seriously do anything. Besides her full-time career, Janet refinishes her own cabinets, installs crown molding, helps her husband build additions to the...

fullsizerenderSince fall, I’ve been working on my domestic skills with my friend Janet who lives around the corner. Janet is around my mom’s age, and she is my role model! The woman can seriously do anything. Besides her full-time career, Janet refinishes her own cabinets, installs crown molding, helps her husband build additions to the house, plays the piano beautifully, gardens and cans her own produce, bakes up better-than-Pinterest delights, and sews her own clothes and home décor items. I could go on and on. Her incredible “can-do” attitude means she’s always picking up some new skill.
While Janet never had kids of her own, she generously teaches the young moms in the neighborhood how to can, how to play the piano, how to bake … in my case, it’s sewing lessons! Every Friday at 2 p.m., I head over to Janet’s with my sewing machine and work on projects. So far, I’ve finished five pillowcases and an apron. (When I started, I had no idea how to even thread my machine!) I don’t feel the need to sew my kids’ clothes or make a business of it, but if I can create pillows and curtains for my own house, I will be so proud of myself!
When I told Janet I was expecting, she was excited to get started on maternity wear, adjusting my old clothes to make room for a belly. Now I’m wondering how to accomplish this. It seems simple enough: Find an old pair of jeans, cut out the front, and add a stretchy panel. The problem is, there’s no going back! I would need to be sure I wouldn’t miss those jeans postpartum. Plus, I tend to outgrow my jeans in the hips/thighs before the belly. Please, no thigh panels!!
Then for shirts, we talked about making slits in the sides and adding a complementary fabric to create a looser silhouette. Sounds cute, again, if you know you won’t miss the top. Luckily, it’s also easy to find loose tops and tunics that function as prenatal clothing even if they weren’t designed with that purpose in mind.
The other issue is that shopping for maternity clothes is kind of fun! (OK, buying new clothes anytime is pretty fun.) Especially if I can find good prices, I may not need to repurpose my old duds. Of course, it’s much more environmentally friendly to reconstruct rather than to dispose of the old and buy new …
So here I am. Do I put in the effort to make do with what I have, or do I forget it and go shopping? My waistline hasn’t changed much yet, but the clock is ticking!

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