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I just made some great maternity clothes from going to my local thrift store and fabric store. If you can sew, I can tell you what I did. The total cost was $10 for a pair of pants and a pair of shorts. Plus, they are way better, cuter, and non-maternity-ish. They fit great...so let me know.
I've found some really cheap, cute maternity clothes at thrift stores. Find out if the Junior League in your area runs a thrift store, as the women involved tend to be of childbearing age (or recently so) and have lots of nice quality clothing to give away. I also second the Freecycle idea. And do you have a local AP or LLL group; just attending the meetings and being pregnant may get bags of maternity clothing in your lap. Moms in our groups tend to pass bags of maternity clothes around. Good luck!! You can also get big sizes in traditional clothes at thrift stores.
I 2nd the make your own idea. I don't sew, but I was able to make a dress, 2 pairs of pants and a shirt on my own. I'm planning to make some more, including a dress for my sil's upcoming wedding. It takes an afternoon to make something once you get the hang of what you're doing, but that's not so bad and I just hit the sale fabric racks and was able to find cute fabric inexpensively. My made at home clothes are just as cute as stuff in the stores, only exactly my style and perfectly fit. Since i'm very short, it's really hard for me to buy pants that don't have to be altered.
Although each person is different, I didn't wear maternity clothes with my first pregnancy until around 7 months. Wore pants a size larger at 5 months and stretchy clothes until 7 months. Not sure if you will have the same experience, but it could happen. Your fiancee's shirts/sweaters may come in handy in the winter months.
Two of my favorite places to find maternity CHEAP... Ross and Marshall's. I can't stand paying a ton for most of the junk that is out there. Also check out your Sear's, sometimes they have clearances on some nice basic tops and jeans.
What size are you looking for? I bought a couple of pairs of pants, washed them and now they are too small.
: And I don't think my butt got THAT big that quickly...
: at least I hope not!! :LOL One's a really cute pair of khaki capris with some crochet lace on the edge.
I need to go back and see if I can find another pair in a larger size.
If you're interested in buying, my mil just bought me some cute things at Fashion Bug where they were apparently having a great sale, tons of stuff on clearance, and a discount on top of that. She's a real bargin hunter, so I know she got a great deal on them. Most of what she got me has 3/4 lenth sleeves (probably spring items), so they'll be great through the fall.
I got all of mine by going to garage sales. Maternity clothes almost never show up at garage sales, so this is what I did:
I went to sales that had lots of kids stuff. I'd size up the woman at the sale (presumably mom) and if she was close to my size, I'd ask if she had any maternity clothes for sale. Often the answer was no, but twice, I got "Eeek! The maternity clothes! Hold on a second!" and the woman went off into the house and came back with boxes. I got everything for $15.
What I did was take off the waistband of jeans I already owned (try it out on a pair you don't like too much first!), sewed up the fly, and sewed a thick elastic (around 4") band around the top. Just make sure the jeans aren't too low-rise first, or you will definitely get "plumber butt" around the middle of the 2nd trimester. It's better if the back is slightly higher than the front. This works even better with skirts, because you can pull them up/down as you get bigger.
Similarly, any elastic-band skirt in a size or two larger than you would usually wear works great! Often these are really unflattering when you're NOT pregnant, but look fine when you are!
Another thing I did to extend the amount of time I could wear my regular shirts is buy mens small/large women's tank tops for underneath. You get kind of a layered look, but avoid showing the panel on the maternity pants. This stops working so well in the 3rd trimester, but is great when regular maternity tops are too big.
Old Navy has really good sales, but go in person because the sizes are different for each style, and some of the materials are really flimsy.
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