To Baby Mamas: Maternity Wardrobe Must Haves

I have so many friends in my life that are soon-to-be mamas, I thought it was only fitting to share my favorite baby and pregnancy related products. This will probably be a multi-part post and I’ll stick a few advice tidbits in there when fitting.

I thought it would be best to start at the beginning with a few tips for building a maternity wardrobe. I believe that you’ll enjoy your pregnant body so much more if you have a few key pieces that make you feel beautiful.

My Maternity Must Haves:

A good pair of jeans. It is worth it to purchase a good pair of jeans that you feel amazing in. Even if they happen to be a little more expensive than you want. Definitely purchase your regular size, do not size up for your growing belly. Maternity clothes are made for mamas, so they should fit you as your bump grows. Also, I would encourage you to choose pants with a waistband below your belly or above the belly, do not buy a pair of paints where the waistband stops in the middle of your belly, it’s a recipe for awkwardness.

A few cute tees. Kind of self-explanatory, I wore them all the time, super easy to throw on and layer under sweaters, cardigans, etc. I liked having a couple with patterns and a couple solid. I also recommend getting a few layering tanks, you’ll want them for post-baby too. I’ll talk more about nursing tanks later, but I almost wish I had gotten one of these when I was still pregnant since they’re made to fit a baby belly and transition into your post-baby wardrobe. The Glamourmom tanks are supposed to be the best and you can find them on sale all the time.

Cute shoes and jewels. They always fit. It’s fun to glam up your outfits. I didn’t want to buy tons of maternity clothes, so accessories were a great way to freshen up an outfit you’ve worn a million times.

The little black dress. It’s inevitable that you’ll have to attend a work event, wedding, dinner or other special event during your pregnancy. It’s worth having a little black dress that you feel comfortable in. Black dresses are so versatile and many times can be dressed up or down. I wore mine to a wedding with glitzy jewels, with a blazer for a work event and with a jean jacket for a casual dinner.

A Pea in the Pod leggings, these things were amazing. I wore them with boots and also flats. They are SO comfortable and soft. Don’t let the price tag deter you, they’re worth every penny.

This sweatshirt tunic from Target was one of my favorites towards the end of my pregnancy. I’m always a fan of sweatshirts that aren’t blatantly “sweatshirts.” This one has a cowl neck, a kangaroo pocket and rouched sides. Pair this with those Pea in the Pod leggings and you’ll feel like you’re walking around in your jammies all day long.

Belts can help define your bump when you’re lacking in the waist department. I bought a few super cheap shirts in larger sizes and used a belt to make them a bit more flattering. Belly bumps always seem to look cuter when they’re given a little emphasis.

Best store for maternity clothing: Hands down ASOS.com. Cute styles. Great prices. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality for the price. It was hard for me to find maternity clothes that fit me but ASOS had it. Not to mention, free shipping and free return shipping. You can’t go wrong. One note is that it takes about 10-14 days to get your package, so plan in advance and order early.

A few other favorite maternity shops: The always easy Gap, Topshop, A Pea in the Pod and Target. Always Target.

Don’t be afraid of the non-maternity sections of your favorite stores. I still wore cardigans, some button up tops and even a sweater from non-maternity stores. I also purchased a few billowy tops from Forever 21. I wore them with a belt at the beginning of my pregnancy and then lost the belt as my belly grew. I didn’t care if they got stretched out since they weren’t very expensive.

There you go! I hope this is a helpful little series for all of you Mamas-to-Be. Let me know if you have questions or suggestions for this series.

Oh, and, Congratulations on your little bundles! 🙂

happy halloween!

So I realize this is the day AFTER Halloween, but I did want to share a few details on Isla’s Halloween costume. It was a lot of fun to make, super easy and cost effective.

I was inspired by this costume which I found while scouring Pinterest.

 

This costume was based off this Martha Stewart pattern, so I went back to Martha’s pattern and followed it while adding my own little modifications.

I printed off the pattern at 300% to fit her petite 6 month old frame. The largest wing was still pretty large for her so I only ended up using 3 layers of wing (instead of 4). Instead of the pilot cap I made a headband using the ear pieces and added feathers to them. I was a little worried they would look like cat ears without the feathers. I also skipped the goggles. There was so way I was going to get this wiggly little lady to wear something over her eyes all night.

I spent a total of $7 on this costume, including the cost of having the pattern pieces printed at Kinko’s, and I have TONS of leftover felt for anyone else who would also like a pair of owl wings. 🙂

We spent our Halloween at our church’s Trunk or Treat event. I wanted to get a few good photos of her in her costume, but she wasn’t too excited about our backdrop. She immediately got this face…

There was something about that pumpkin.

She hated it. 

30 seconds later. She’s completely fine.

embellished onesies

Waiting for a baby to come is a very draining process. It’s hard to know something life changing could happen at any moment, but you’re not exactly sure when. It makes for a very emotional mother-to-be, not to mention I’m a little bored. My clients know I could have a baby any day and I’ve finished most of my big projects around the house.

To keep myself busy today I embellished a few onesies for Baby. If she doesn’t come soon I won’t have any plain onesies that can be used as layering pieces!

I have to say the best thing about baby clothes is everything is super small so you can use scrap fabric you already have lying around for these types of projects. These are a great shower present for friends that are having babies. Handmade but super easy to do, even if you aren’t particularly crafty you can do this! Here are a few I made today.

I added a ruffle to these kimono tops, they’re newborn size and are seriously so small! I can’t believe they’ll actually fit on a real baby. For the top on the right I used a felt flower I had made with a die cut machine and then added some buttons I had lying around.

For this little number I made a flower using the same method in the headband tutorial I shared last year and then sewed it on.

These are the kind of things I’m doing to pass the time away. Hopefully this baby comes soon so I don’t run out of ideas…or onesies!

Also, thanks to everyone for the kind comments on the nursery, it was so much fun to put together. I’m looking forward to spending more time in it once our little girl is here.

warm and cozy

As many of you know I haven’t been working that much and BJ has been working a lot, so this allows for lots of alone time at home. I’ve been trying to do some crafts to keep me busy since construction on the nursery is sort of at a standstill.

I got Amy Butler’s In Stitches for Little Ones sewing book for Christmas and decided to make the Snuggie Wrap Blanket. I made one for our little one and one as a gift for a couple in our small group who are expecting a boy. I’m not the greatest sewer so I wanted to make ours first in hopes that I would sharpen my skills before making the one that was a gift.

They turned out pretty cute. I just need a little baby to put in it!

Mavis is modeling our little girl's snuggie. She's the closest thing we have to a baby at our house.

Here's what it looks like when it's opened up. Fleece on the inside and cotton on the border and back.

This project was fairly easy, if you don’t have a lot of sewing skills you could definitely pull it off. If you’re looking for baby crafts In Stitches is a great little book. My mom’s coming to town in a couple weeks and we plan to make the bedding set from the book as well as a few other items.

There should be many more baby crafts coming up, so stay tuned!

we’re expanding…

We’re so excited to let everyone know that we’re adding a little one to our family. I’m due this spring with our little bundle of joy. We’re looking forward to this fun new adventure of parenthood.

Click on the link below for a couple ultrasound photos of the little one from our appointment last week…

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Everything is going fairly well. Baby and I are both healthy and looking great and BJ is very excited to be a dad. We’ll be sure to update along the way!

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