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.
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.
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.
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!
The beach ball is growing! I attempted to do fun pregnancy photos with all my pregnancies, but for some reason it’s actually coming together this time around. Who would have thought the 4th baby would get all this attention?! But, it’s really neat to have this special progression with my 4th and (possible) last child.
Here we are at 25 weeks:
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!
I’m constantly making fun graphics for my kiddo’s shirts, but rarely think of being so creative for myself. Well, enough of that thinking! Today I added graphics to two of my maternity shirts I recently made. One is the Beach Ball shirt and the other is a new shirt I haven’t blogged yet.
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.
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.
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….
Well the secret is out…I’m pregnant! Baby #4 is coming this way in September and we are thrilled. We’ve always wanted a big family and so blessed by God that we’ve been able to have this many children. And since I’ve been sewing more, I feel a lot more confident to sew my own maternity wardrobe!
Today I’m sharing a simple tank and you can find out how to make your own over at DIY Maternity today! So thrilled to have the opportunity to guest blog over there. Go check it out if you’re needing some new tanks yourself (the tutorial really is great for any tank top, not just maternity!).
The tank I copied is a Liz Lange Maternity Tank from Target that I got on clearance for $3 and worn so much it’s wearing a bit thin. But I love wearing it under other shirts that aren’t quite long enough. So I paid $3 for a great tank AND a free pattern! The elephant tank cost me a little more than $10 to make. I don’t mind that it cost more than the original shirt because the material is much nicer with more stretch and durability to it.