Maternity Recycled Fashion Inspiration

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Speaking as a blog writer and for the blogging community in general, the content we decide to publish on our blogs can at times be a tricky matter. Some writers choose to publish everything that happens in their life, the ups and the downs, the loss, the sorrow, the joy and the sadness. Others may decide to keep personal topics close to their chest.

Some blogs are purposely written about the everyday, others, which I think to be true for Recycled Fashion, are written without too much focus on the personal, but more-so the topic of it.

As much as I have contributing writers on Recycled Fashion, I am the sole writer for it, and as such, there are times when I feel some matters going on in my own personal life, should be shared; matters that may reflect the content of the blog.

So here I share some news, I’m expecting another baby.  It’s such a huge yet very welcome surprise. We have battled many, many years of infertility, been through countless tests and fertility specialist appointments. Just at the time we’d come to the conclusion we’d be a family of three (plus cat!), we are going to become a family of four, and I can’t tell you how exciting that is.

Why might you think, is this a topic to share on Recycled Fashion? Well, mainly, due to the fact that I have an expanding waistline, quite quickly this time around, and that I have zero maternity clothes to wear over the next six months. What this means for Recycled Fashion, is that for a time, I’ll focus a little bit on ways to create wardrobe essentials for an expanding belly, using recycled fashion pieces and refashioning existing garments.

I’ve already started to add to my maternity wardrobe, in fact the skirt refashion I made last week, was purposely made with an elasticated waist!

I look forward to sharing some more recycled maternity fashion pieces with you in the coming months, but I promise you, that I will not flood this blog with baby news!

In the meantime, I'll show you a couple of projects that I’ve found on the internet which may come in useful, not just for myself, but for other expectant mothers that might be maternity clothes shopping on a budget.

Stretchy pocket DIY maternity jeans 

 As seen on See Kate Sew

Shirred men’s shirt tunic top 

 As seen on

Maternity skirt pattern 

 As seen on Elle Apparel

Also readers, if you're waiting for this week's Recycled Fashion Finds, it'll be back next Friday, thanks for all of your link ups on the last one!
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Mezzy M said...

Congratulations Erica....I was wondering where your story was leading to and then I got goosebumps when I read your birlliant baby news. How terrific and very exciting. When my daughter was first pregnant I made her maternity clothes as they were too expensive to buy. Maternity undies are ridiculously expensive so I sewed from old t-shirts regular style undies but I used ribbing for the front panel instead of t-shirt material. The ribbing had give and made for a very comfortable maternity undie. I am sure that you will create some amazing maternity refashions.

Erica Louise said...

Mezzy, thankyou so much! I can definitely see tshirts, stretch jersey and ribbing material used in the coming months!

Helen Le Caplain said...

Ooh congratulations! That's great news :)

That maxi skirt re-fashion is gorgeous too :D

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Well I am just so happy for you darling!!! Then I thought, "how the hell did she manage a house-move during early pregnancy"? Wow, so much going on for you right now and it's so exciting!! I absolutely love the shirred men's shirt - ingenious!! Take care love, D xoxo

valerie scarr said...

♫ ♪ Congratulations & Celebrations ♫ ♪ Looking forward to seeing your creative maternity fashions.Wishing you a fabulous pregnancy,free of complications. Enjoy :-) xxx

Trudie said...

Oh yay, yay, yay mumma congratulations I am so thrilled for you. Such exciting news, there's such a bloggers baby boom happening at the moment. You already know I love that maxi.

Love, hugs and sunshine upon your wonderful news.

Bec Z said...

That is great news! Sounds like it was a long hard road so very happy for you that you have a little miracle on the way.

Patti said...

Congratulations on your wonderful news! I wish you a joyous pregnancy. xox

Lila Wolff said...

Congratulations, I'm so excited for you!

Mother Down Under said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news!
I am looking forward to seeing your maternity creations!
Happy Mother's Day!

thewardrobesurgeon said...

That's so great. Here's a link to a post on Burdastyle with a heap of links to free or DIY maternity patterns :)

Eddie Roued said...

Wow congratulations, congratulations. This is such great news Erica. Maternity clothes and to be honest children's clothes fall well into the scope of refashioning I think! So very relevant. :-)

I will look forward to getting a peak at baby news once in a while between the refashions :-)

Eddie xx

Eddie's Room on Facebook come over for some crafty ideas and conversation.

Iliska Dreams said...

Congratulations. I can truly say I know how you feel. I was a single Mum for years and then met my partner we wanted nothing more than to have babies. In my case lots. Five years of fertility treatments and miscarries, which almost broke me. We got a crazy cat and wondered if I was insane to keep trying. But then like you I was so lucky and I fell pregnant.
I wish you all the best with your pregnancy! YAY a baby!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Fabulous news! Look forward to your maternity projects.

jenny_o said...

Wonderful! Enjoy!

Erica Louise said...

Big thanks to ALL of you for your congratulations messages!

@thewardrobesurgeon, awesome link roundup on BurdaStyle, thank you!

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