Category Archives: Maternity

Week 30: Beach Baby Bump

Five more weeks and the beach ball keeps getting bigger! As it should. Thirty weeks usually signals that I’m nearing the end and it’s probably time I should prepare for baby. But this time around I’ve got a child about to enter Kindergarten (woa, real school!), another one at home about to homeschool pre-school, and lots more maternity sewing to do. Plus, the toddler who doesn’t seem to be thrilled about the potential for someone younger than her taking up mama’s lap. Or really, anyone taking mama’s lap.

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More Maternity Makes

Sorry Sew Thrifty has become maternity sewing overload lately. But, sewing all these maternity garments has given me a TON of confidence to sew for myself a lot more now. In fact, I’m getting jealous of my maternity wardrobe. So, I’m going to have to step it up once I’m no longer pregnant and sew some awesome things for myself. For today we have a raglan and some more culottes.

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Using FREE Tutorials to Design Your Clothes

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Over the past year I’ve been blogging off and on still trying to figure out just what kind of sewing blog I’d like to portray. (And what I have time for!) In the end, I know I want to encourage other potential sewists out there to start sewing, keep sewing, and finding ways to afford sewing. Today, I used four free tutorials to create a unique look for this shirt. No money was shelled out for patterns and all of these tutorials are easily found online. In fact, I’m completely self-taught and find most of what I need to teach myself online.

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Dressing my 4th for the 4th

I absolutely *love* dressing for the Fourth of July. It’s the only holiday I dress for and I tend to go all out (including painting my nails to look like American flags). Don’t ask me why I love looking like an American flag though because I’m really not that patriotic. Sorry, but it’s the truth. I love Jesus more than my country. Anyway….you’re here to check out my fun outfits, and I’m so glad you came!

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Beach Cover-up, Maternity Style

It’s definitely summer here in Mississippi, and I’m avoiding going outside. I know that’s terrible because being outside is so good for the soul, but man it’s hard to stay sane in this outrageous heat being pregnant. This is my third Mississippi summer pregnancy and I know how to manage. AC and popsicles are my friend. BUT, my kiddos love being outside and the heat doesn’t bother them, so if we do go out, it’s to the pool or beach!

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Beach Baby Bump!

The first time I was pregnant I didn’t even know how to sew. Then I miscarried and sewing became a hobby and way to sew for a potential future baby of mine. But I mostly sewed for my nieces. Then I finally got a baby of my own and I sewed all the things. Baby blocks, blankets, bibs, crib dust ruffle, and so much more. Then my baby became a little dude and I fell in love with sewing for boys. Fast forward 5 years and I still love sewing for boys, but have also sewed a bit for myself (and my two girls). In the 5 pregnancies (two loses), I had yet to sew one maternity item for myself. And, here I’m embarking on — what I feel like is my last pregnancy — and about to sew almost my entire maternity wardrobe! I am beyond excited. I don’t even care that I may never wear these beautiful handmade clothes again. I’m going to wear them and love them for the next 6 months. And, that’s all that matters right now.
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That has been a glimpse into my sewing journey and not even the main reason for this post.  So, let’s get to it! This awesome beach ball shirt was so fun to make. I did get some inspiration from a store that sells shirts very similar to these, but knew I could make my own. 

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And now, after trying it on and seeing photos, I’m realizing this shirt will be way cooler when I’m bigger. But, I’m not one for getting all bent out of shape; instead I think this will be such a fun photo shoot to try and re-create every month or so! Watch the beach ball inflate….Beach Baby Bump | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Beach babies! And by beach, I mean the imported sand next to the reservoir where we live. But, hey, my kids don’t know the difference. 😉Beach Baby Bump | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Shirt details:
Pattern: Cara Maternity Shirt by Megan Nielson Patterns
Fabric: Purple Spandex Knit from Girl Charlee
Vinyl: Silver glitter and white from USCutter