This 90 degree weather we’re having down here in Georgia is getting pretty brutal. And it’s only the first week in April!! Definitely time to break out the shorts and skirts… well, much to my dismay VERY few (as in like only 1 or 2) of my shorts fit!! Anyone who’s ever birthed a child can attest to the frustration that comes after you’ve brought your bundle of joy home and continue to wear maternity clothes for weeks. Some women are able to shed the weight quickly, while others find that the extra pounds take up residence on their belly, hips, and rear-end. With baby #1 I seemed to fall in the first category. However, with baby #2 turning three months old next week I’m beginning to think these pounds on my hips have made themselves at home. My sweet husband tries to encourage me, saying “you look great, babe!” but unfortunately, my clothes disagree. So what do you do? Well, I’m still clinging to the hope that I WILL get back into those clothes. So, rather than going out at buying a whole new wardrobe to fit my new mom body, I thought I would attempt to make a few skirts myself. I haven’t been sewing long so I was a little intimidated by the thought of making my own clothes, but skirts are very forgiving.
Here’s my first attempt. I followed this tutorial for what they call a Circle Skirt. Below is my finished product. It’s certainly not perfect, but like I said, skirts are very forgiving and it allows my legs to breathe better than jeans.
Here’s my second attempt. This one required less fabric and I was actually able to throw it together one morning and wear it out to a playdate. The Tutorial didn’t use actual measurements but said to just wrap the material around you and estimate where to cut. Mine didn’t turn out quite like the pictures on the tutorial because I didn’t bunch as much fabric around the elastic like I did with the first. I found the more fabric that was bunched around the waist the bigger my hips looked, but I could have made it a hair bigger since this fabric isn’t stretchy knit like the other two skirts were.
Here’s my third attempt. This one was supposed to be another circle skirt (like the first) but had to be modified since the fabric I bought ended up being too small. So it’s kind of a combination of the first two but instead of using elastic for the waistband, I made one following this Tutorial.
So if you have ANY experience sewing whatsoever, you can do this. I don’t think I’m brave enough to attempt any other types of clothes yet, but feel free to share your own ideas for easy clothes to make. Enjoy your beautiful Easter weekend!