This skirt is sorta the Masculin et Feminin skirt from Twinkle Sews, but mostly just kinda that skirt. The original design is is a pencil skirt with a low yoke waistband. The low yoke waistband was really was what I was interested in though, and that’s why I chose to adapt it for maternity wear. Really I didn’t need to use this pattern (especially with all the heartache and grief associated with Twinkle Sews patterns), because really the design isn’t that unique, and would be easy to find elsewhere–and actually it would be pretty easy to adapt any pencil skirt pattern. But it’s what I had, so I used it, and it actually turned out really great.
I wanted that low yoke because I figured the bottom of the yoke would be exactly where I wanted my belly band begin. It was perfect. So I ended up using the front and back pattern pieces, obviously bagging the top yoke and lace detail, as well as the lining which didn’t accommodate the stretch I needed. So it was TWO pieces, front and back plus a belly band and that was IT. It came together in 45 minutes, which is probably a record for me. I plan to make more.
Even though I’m much more hippy and rounded than normal, I wanted a pencil skirt because I’m sick and tired of the Christmas tree effect that always happens when you pair an a-line skirt (which tends to accommodate the blossoming pregnant hips better than straight and is therefore the go-to maternity skirt) and a flowy maternity top. Flair + Flair = Christmas tree. Anyone else experienced this conundrum?
A word on belly bands. I’m am their biggest fan. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: when I’m pregnant, comfort trumps EVERYTHING ELSE. I can’t STAND having a waistband that cuts off my circulation, makes my tummy look like a nasty gut, and constantly needs adjusting (i.e. tucking in, and pulling up). Solution? The BAND. If it’s a good one, then it’s invisible under your clothing (it MUST go all the way up and have no elastic) and provides all the support with no discomfort. It’s like wearing a dream. My favorite band is Motherhood’s Secret Fit Belly ; it’s just quality stretchy fabric that holds everything in it’s place. I CANNOT abide the jegging trend that seems to be the maternity rage right now, because stretchy as they are (and trust me, I’ve tried to give them a go many times) they are still just normal pants, and cut me off under the belly which equates to not being able to breathe. So now that you know how I feel about belly bands I can tell you that I used spandex swimsuit lining for the band and it worked well. I made a long tube, and then folded it over and sewed it to the top of the skirt.
A few details about the skirt that aren’t pictured, or pictured well is the length, which is just below the knee, and the kick pleat in the back.
Pattern: Masculin et Feminin from Twinkle Sews
Fabric: stretch suiting from TwinkleAnn’s and spandex swimsuit lining for the belly band
Total cost: $7
My sister-in-law recently made light of my “classic head-down pose” as she called it, and I had to laugh because I guess I do kinda always put my head down. It’s just that I always feel silly taking pictures, and so I don’t usually try and pose much, and so I end up with a lot of head down photos. At least I recently dyed my hair so I don’t have any unsightly roots…
Twinkle Sews photo via The Cupcake Goddess