What does this maternity skirt have to do with the 4th of July? Absolutely nothing.
I’ve been feeling a little guilty over the past few days as I’ve seen many of the fun 4th projects around blogland—patriotic garlands, BBQ decorations, and all those red, white, and blue accessories—and what have I made? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. My pregnancy has contributed to me just being obsessed with my kids and not wanting to do anything—including making holiday projects—unless it involves my children.
I suppose I could have pulled it together and at least had the kids help me make some sort of festive treat. But I didn’t. What did I do instead? I’ve made myself some skirts so I can spend time with them outdoors without melting in the heat (or scaring the neighbors by running around in the legendary maternity swimming suit of doom).
I made this skirt a few weeks ago out of some light weight canvas and muslin. I just made it up as I went so there is no pattern. It was easy—having a simple, flat front and sides with elastic across the back.
I built it this way so I could avoid gathering in the front and hips (Heaven knows I don’t need anymore bulk added to my girth) but the elastic in the back keeps it comfortable and gives me room to keep growing (I still have 8 more weeks to go). Then the ruffles at the bottom are a feeble attempt to draw your eye down and away from the baby belly.
So, um….that’s that. Maternity clothes instead of patriotic paraphernalia. And I’m not going to feel guilty about it—just cool and comfortable whilst I eat my Tiger’s Blood snow cone and watch my kids run through the sprinklers. God Bless America.