Wednesday, July 13, 2016

not-so-flirty Flight Skirt

It's not getting any cooler and this belly is not getting any smaller, which means it was time to make mama a maternity skirt...

Reversible gauze skirt

I'm halfway there - 4.5 months pregnant and finally feeling baby move.  Meanwhile, temps in South Carolina are hitting 100 degrees day after day after day.  Skirts and dresses and swim playdates are all on my agenda this week!

Reversible gauze skirt

My skirt is crafted from Birch organic double gauze in Flight Shroom and Solid Shroom from Fabricworm.  I've followed the Flirting the Issue skirt pattern, for which I hosted a sew-along in 2014.

Reversible gauze skirt

The waistband on this skirt has tons of give thanks to 4 rows of tiny 1/4" wide elastic.  I'm still able to wear the Flirting the Issue skirts made for my non-pregnant self in 2014.  But, my new skirt fits even more comfortably and definitely has the potential to take me full term.

Reversible gauze skirt

This is the third type of fabric I've used for a Flirting the Issue skirt.  Double gauze has a more relaxed drape than quilting cotton.  It's warmer on the legs than either quilting cotton or voile, but it's also softer against the skin, something pregnant bellies love.

Reversible gauze skirt

With a simple modification to the hemming step, this skirt is fully reversible.  Although I love the bird side, being able to reverse to solid gray/brown is a big bonus given the limitations of a maternity wardrobe.  I've already worn the it several times!

If you've never made a skirt before, this is an excellent pattern for your first experience.  It'll turn out great whether you make it in voile, quilting cotton or double gauze!  My Flirting the Issue sew-along is ready to hold your hand.  So, what are you waiting for?  Summer's here in the northern hemisphere!

39 comments:

  1. Lovely fabric and cute belly :) xo Mari

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  2. Pretty skirt and baby belly:-) And 100 degrees? I envy you! It's raining here and about 60 degrees if we are lucky.

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    1. I envy your weather. It's a 100 everyday near Dallas TX.

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  3. I followed your link and couldn't find the pattern. Is it still available.

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    1. You have to go to AMH'studio and then choose "Make". There you'll find it among the Free Patterns.

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    2. I still cannot find it. Where is the "Make" section?

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    3. There isn't a make section. The only patterns are for quilts and a scarf.

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  4. You look beautiful! 4.5 months is still manageable for summer haha
    I would love to make a few of these skirts for my younger daughter.
    She works as a consultant with Booze Allen Hamilton, and works with all serious governmenty people like Generals and Admirals. It is pretty cool what she is doing. I do love making her clothes because she is kinda a stick people like me. we need cute clothes to distract from our lack of shape. I will certainly try this skirt. I love the rows of elastic!! Just adorable on you!❤

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  5. You look wonderful! So happy for you.

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  6. I love your skirt and fabric choice. You also look beautiful!
    Leslie

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  7. sweet skirt and adorable belly. good to see that you are doing well, Rachel.

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  8. Oh!!!! :D Congratulations!!!! I'm soooo happy for you and your family and wish you all the best! I already reached week 31 and am happy, that the German summer is pretty cool (today only 15°C in the morning). until now, there are only some few hot days, so it's "easy" to handle.
    Greetings, Rike

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  9. Love your version of the skirt and I love seeing you looking so great!!!

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  10. you look beautiful! sending congratulations and big hugs!

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  11. You look so beautiful Rachel! I love your skirt! xo

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  12. You look so beautiful Rachel! I love your skirt! xo

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  13. Congrats! I’m one of your blog lurkers, you’ve been in my thoughts. I’m a mother of 4 and just couldn’t imagine loosing one of them, you’re one strong lady. Wishing you a lovely and healthy pregnancy, the skirt looks like just the thing! A happy hug from Australia.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Marijike! I appreciate your hug =) Being pregnant, I think of my baby Eleni all the time. It is difficult to do this again, but (if we are lucky) it will be so worth it.

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  14. Rachel, you look beautiful! What a sweet baby bump! Much love and prayers for you. xx

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  15. You look gorgeous! Have a lovely summer.

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  16. Adorable!!! Belly and skirt alike ;). Buuut ... I can't find that pattern on AMH's website? Is anybody else having trouble? Maybe it's just my phones web browser?

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    1. Apparently, it moved. You have to download it from this page now: https://annamariahorner.squarespace.com/make/

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  17. Поздравляю!!! Это счастье!

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  18. Looking fantastic Rachel:))

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  19. You are so beautiful! And the skirt is cute too :)

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  20. It's just lovely......as are you. It's so nice to see you smile ; )

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  21. I have followed your journey. I am so happy that the latest turn in your journey is a happy one. Your new skirt is darling and you look amazing in it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharon, and everyone else for your sweet comments!

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  22. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and praying for you and your new little one! Would you mind sharing what you did to the hem to make it reversible? Thanks!

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    1. Sure. I hemmed the outer fabric as per the instructions. For the inner fabric (lining) that becomes the reverse fabric, I hemmed it so that the hem fold would not show when it is reversed. Basically, both sides of the skirt are hemmed the same way with the hem folds facing.

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