What did you guys find to wear towards the end of your pregnancy? I really dont want to go out and buy.... I dont know... like super super plus size maternity clothes or something because it seems kind of wasteful also I dont think that they would really fit "right" anyway.
I am not a super duper seamstress or anything but if you ended up having to make some things to wear and the pattern/idea is not too complicated then I would even be up to making some things. I am just tired of either wearing the same outfit everyday or my nightgowns.
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Today I tried to mix things up a bit and folded the top of a dress down to look like a skirt with a top... this is going to be a long next few months.
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Are there used children's consignment stores in your area? They often have maternity. Also, sometimes twin clubs have sales. September is a big month for group sales around here.
One of my preg (with a singleton) wears a lot of wrap skirts. Aren't there ways to make those shirts and dresses too?
One in particular was really cool because not only was it desisgned to wear during the pregnancy but could be worn afterwards to. (in fact I could wear it today if I wanted to relive the memories of thirty extra pounds attatched to my midsection) It was a dress, cotton, nice earthy colors and it tied on the side to the width I needed.
I also had a pair of white maternity capris that I bought at a thrift shop and a few peasant blouses.
One maternity jumper, beige, (again with expandable sides.)
One black t-shirt dress - wasn't maternity but I'd stretched it all to heck carrying DS so it just ended up stretching some more. ( DH used to joke when I wore it - "and they say black is slimming!" )
I also had a few sarongs that I could tie over my belly as a skirt. ( and they were awesome nursing covers and makeshift slings after the babes came.
OP- Have you tried sarongs? Just wear a regular tank top and tie a colorful sarong just under your breasts. You can safety pin it further down to keep it from opening. They look beautiful and feminine.
Also, if it's warm where you are could you wear gym shorts low, under your belly and a t-shirt?
I agree with the PP check out the children's consignment shops, they usually have lots to choose from- and usually really nice stuff!
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also, maternity leggings w/ a knit maternity dress on top and boots. i wore the few dresses i had PP and was happy for the roomy comfiness!
Around the house I was horribly but cheaply dressed - old men's XL T-shirts and regular, worn-out athletic shorts and sweats that had belonged to somebody bigger than me - I just wore them as low-riders.
I lost 40 pounds since my last pregnancy and luckily kept all those maternity clothes. I was drowning in them when I first had to start wearing maternity clothes and am really hoping they'll see me through pretty close to the end of the pregnancy.
I also had a pair of XL maternity overalls and a simple knit jersey maternity dress I wore alot.
I had trouble with shoes. Although my feet didn't swell till the very end I am sure they got significantly wider.
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I also second the kids' resale shop idea.
The two pair of bottoms that worked toward the end were Lululemon capris and pants in the "Be Still" style (loose in the hip and thigh). Not sure if they have a Lulu store where you are. The pants cost a small fortune but they didn't get stretched out and I still wear them.
Tops were impossible. Sorry, I'm not helping . I just couldn't read and not respond . . .I feel for you. It sucks. But it ends .
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I made skirts and they were very simple. I bought 2-2.5 yards of fabric. I wrapped the length of it around me, under my belly. I cut a few inches off to make them long but not so long that I'd trip. I then hemmed all the edges that needed hemming and sewed a 3-4 inch wide piece of elastic in the waist. Worked like a charm, super comfortable, and I could even wear them post-pregnancy.
Childsplay, can you explain the sarong to me better please? I think I get the idea, but I am not sure. Would I just use a strip of fabric the correct length and fold/wrap it accordingly or do you have to have the fabric special cut or anything?
I am already plus size so my maternity clothes are already pretty big. The problem I am running into is that I am the size I usually am at 40 weeks now so even my bigger size maternity clothes just are not fitting me anymore. A part of me wants to go and buy more but honestly I just think I would feel super guilty because I dont see them ever being used again and plus size maternity clothes are difficult to come by at thrift stores and tend to be on the pricey end when bought new.
Thank you all for sharing your ideas, if nothing else it really helped to hear that this is a pretty common problem with twin and more pregnancies.
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I live in a city with some reasonably good thrift shops-- the only trick is that I don't have a car in the daytime and the idea of walking or taking buses all over town on the chance of finding a deal... that's way more energy that I have right now!