Transitions Maxi Skirt

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:

RST, align front band to back band at side edges and mark at the exact center. mad mim_transitions maxi skirt

Measure 1.5″ down front that point, and mark again.mad mim_transitions maxi skirt

Sew raw edges together, leaving that marked portion open.

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Turn the edges of the opening under with a scant seam allowance and sew. Repeat on other side.


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RST, sew front panel to back panel at side edges (no pic).

Fold waistband WST lengthwise, and then pin it, RST, onto skirt top edge matching top raw edges and side seams.  
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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?mad mim_transitions maxi skirt

Fish your tie through the back casing. mad mim_transitions maxi skirt

mad mim_transitions maxi skirt

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.

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mad mim_transitions maxi skirt

mad mim_transitions maxi skirt

And it’s exceedingly comfortable.


I am so pleased with it that I’m seriously considering making another one, which is a true indication of it’s value as a post-partum staple.

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.

7 Comments

julie

sucking in or not, you dont look pregnant to me.
I am not looking forward to that post baby body phase either….

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Rach

SHUT UP THIS MINUTE your post-baby bod looks WAAAAY better than mine and it’s been 4 years since I had my baby!!! (Officially no longer a usable excuse) But be patient with yourself–you’ll get your smokin’ hot body, even if it feels like a slow journey to get there.

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Adrianna

Mim,

I gained SIXTY POUNDS with my pregnancy!!! Horrific!! Luckily about 20 was baby/water weight. Let’s just say it has been a long 6 months and I am still not back to my pre-preggo weight. I’m within 5 pounds, and my clothes are starting to fit again so I have been feeling like a whole new woman. But things are just not the same! I need to be exercising more of course… anyway I feel your pain with the weight gain. Looks like I need to make this skirt for the next time around. It looks great on you!

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Martha

That skirt is brilliant. I need it. I wonder where my old one went.

That bracelet is also brilliant. Eirene! You are killing me. That old, shirtless man alone!

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Stacey Mayer

I’ve so enjoyed reading your blog! My eldest daughter is expecting our first grandchild, and I’m sewing for her! Bless you for sharing, from your readers near Seattle!

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Miriam

How sweet of you to take the time to comment! It always makes my day! How exciting to be sewing for your first grandchild!! Congrats to her and you! Xi

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