Maternity Skirt

by Lindsay on 06/6/2012

If you haven’t seen me in awhile… no, I’m not 7 months pregnant again. This is another entry for Skirt Week. I made this skirt last summer (when I was pregnant) and I always wanted to do a post about it. I even promised one when I first talked about the fabric I used hereAgain, deadlines + prizes = motivation. I used the Lingering Layers pattern from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings.

Because of my time crunch (I actually wanted to wear it while I was pregnant), I did not make a muslin to test the fit first and just went by the measurements in the book. It ended up being a bit too big in the hips which affected the way the belly panel fit. The adjustment probably wouldn’t be a hard one to make, just taking it in on each side. This was my first experience cutting on the bias. It was difficult for me since I typically love to scrunch as many pattern pieces out of one cut of fabric as possible. It left the remaining fabric looking like swiss cheese with no useable scraps, but I think it really makes the finished garment more polished. I ended up eliminating pattern piece C and re-cutting a front and back piece joining pattern pieces C and D. I just could not sew such a tight curve without it puckering. Anna Maria mentions in the book how tricky that curve can be and gives tips for sewing it.

My absolute favorite part of this skirt is the ruffle. I found a pearly, sheer fabric as the book suggested, and I love the look of the topstitching around the bottom. I like that the Mama Panel can be replaced with a Top Yoke piece, so it can be worn after the baby is born, although I have not altered mine yet. Overall, I love this skirt and I always received compliments when I wore it.

Lindsay Ramon