Let’s talk about my weight.
I gained 30 lbs in my pregnancy–very typical for me. You know how much I’ve lost since delivery? 10 lbs. TEN POUNDS!!! Remember how my baby weighed 8 lb 10 oz???? So basically, I’ve lost one and half pounds. How is that possible you ask? Aren’t you supposed to lose water weight, and placenta weight etc? Tell that to my uterus-gut! I mean, I don’t want to complain. It could be worse. I don’t still look like I’m pregnant with twins. Just 4 months pregnant with one baby.
So I’m (sort of) excited to hit the ground running at 6 weeks (I have a testimony of resting completely until then), and I sure do hope that I can whittle away at that extra 20 that’s hanging around.
So with that in mind, I was a little frustrated trying to decide which maxi skirt to make, and what size to make it. After considering all my options, I had a flash of remembrance about a skirt that my friend Marth had in college. Martha is like a million times skinnier than me, but I used to borrow that skirt all the time–how did it magically fit me?! It was adjustable! So I drew from my memory and made something similar. I don’t think it’s exactly the same as the original, but the idea definitely is–a skirt for all seasons! Seasons of fatness and seasons of fitness!
This skirt is basically just two rectangles, with casing in the back to gather or adjust according to your
fatness needs. It’s very simple, and even with figuring it out and taking pictures along the way, it took about 1.5 hours to come together (that’s like the Flash fast for me).
You’ll need about 2 yards of fabric. I used a stretchy knit, but anything would work.
From your fabric cut:
1. a front panel that measures your front hip-to-hip measurement(across your front thighs, add an inch for ease if using non-stretchy fabric) by the length you want it.
2. a back panel that measures 1.5 X your back hip-to-hip measurement (across your bum) (so that measurement plus half that measurement) by the length you want it. Is that totally confusing? I can’t think of better way to explain it.
3. a front waistband that measures the same width as step #1, by 4″ high.
4. a back waistband that measures the same width as step#2, by 4″ high.
5. a tie that measures, say, 2″ X 110″ (you’ll probably have to piece two strips together for that one). *note. I didn’t accommodate for any seam finishing here because my fabric was knit and didn’t need it. If you’re using fabric other than knit you’ll need to adjust this to make a tie that ends up 2″ X 110″.
Whip it up:
Sew raw edges together, leaving that marked portion open.
Turn the edges of the opening under with a scant seam allowance and sew. Repeat on other side.
RST, sew front panel to back panel at side edges (no pic).
Make sure the openings on either side of the waistband are facing down, and touching the skirt panels; that way once you sew it and flip it up it will be on the outside. Follow?
Hem if you so desire. I didn’t because my knit fabric just rolls nicely at the bottom.
The beauty of this skirt is in it’s versatility. It can be worn in three different ways. Observe.
And it’s exceedingly comfortable.
PS do you like my bracelet that I paired with the skirt? My sister made this for out of a National Geographic magazine. My girl J says it’s really ugly but cool (kinda like my belly jelly–so ghastly, but I can’t resist playing with it. You do that too, right? Right??)
PPS don’t feel morally obligated to offer a generous comment about how I look simply because I bravely took photos of myself 4 weeks post-partum. I was sucking in.