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Maternity Solutions–Thanks to those …

Kelley_Dean-Crowley | Posted in The Archives on

Just to let you know I posted a message almost a year ago about maternity patterns….Unfortunately the baby died in utero and we are back to square one, as it were….but avidly practicing!

On a lighter note anyone that contributed information about maternity patterns, thank you so much…I have siphoned it off for this next go-round. But I thought that I could help the others with my information:

1. I recently purchased a large number of patterns on sale at Joann’s for 99 cnets each during one of their 3 day weekend sales. I tried to purchase patterns that would have a number of options or else basic for easy embellishment etc. In addition, I searched the pattern books for other patterns that would lend themselves to altering in the belly area, or simply cut loosely and accomodating. I made sure that I had a sampling of articles, like a long skirt…Vogue has a nice pattern for a maternity skirt long. And at 99 cents if I never use it…oh well I can pass to someone else.

2. I am eyeing those maternity panels that you can get in the notions area….All of my tried and true patterns, like the palazzo pants that are sooo comfortable and easy to make, are simply waiting for the opportunity to join with that little elastic panel. I am a big fan of elastic, I tell ya.

3. I cannot say enough about the big women’s stores. Just before the bad news, I went into one and found a large number of brightly colored and fun items at very reasonable prices. And just recently I scored a teal sweater dress for $34.99 in a 1X (I normally wear a 12-14) that is going to be really fun to wear for a winter pregnancy. ( I may not wear for the duration but…)

4. Lastly I am going to investigate Susan Dryer’s reference to Sandra Betzina’ Power Sewing for how to alter patterns for maternity.

So here is a braver me ready for maternity sewing and looking forward to an albeit temporary wardrobe!

Best of luck to other pregnant semptresses out there!



  1. Sarah_Kayla | | #1

    Dear Kelley,

    First of all, thankyou for keeping us all posted.
    I had wondered how things had gone for you. I'm
    sorry about your loss, but I think that your
    positive attitude will take you far.

    I don't know of any women (actually except for my
    mom) who have not had some sort of difficulty
    getting or staying pregnant. The most important
    thing is that the plumbing works and you have
    gotten pregnant. Have fun trying and keep us

    1. Christina_Schettler | | #2

      *Kelly, I am saving your tips for the family I hope to start in a few years. After watching my sister in law struggle with finding decent maternity clothes, I am realizing I need to be prepared (if I don't want to get stuck dressing like an oversized 5 year old with the regular mall offerings.)I am really writing to say good luck and to tell you about my sister-in-law who just gave birth 2 weeks ago to a beautiful and completely healthy little girl after losing her first pregnancy. I am sure things will go well for you...

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