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10.18.2013

Maternity Sweatshirt With Side Slits

As I've unpacked all my maternity and nursing clothes from my last pregnancy, I've realized I don't really have anything for winter. Henry was born in September so all my maternity clothes are basically shorts and tees. I need to make a bunch of winter maternity clothes before the snow comes! Well, I was contacted by Organic Cotton Plus to review some fabric. They have lots of different types of fabric, but I, of course, chose knit. I can't go against my first true love, right? I chose interlock in cornflower because I wanted to make a maternity sweatshirt. Interlock is more stable than jersey but not quite as thick as sweatshirt fleece.
I loved working this quality, organic fabric. It is so soft to the touch, and I loved the hand it had: soft with structure. I was really impressed with how easy this fabric was to work with; it did everything I wanted it to! I'm a sucker for blue, and this blue is slightly heathered.
*Disclosure: I was not paid for this review, but I was given fabric to review. All opinions are 100% mine.
I used a tunic sweatshirt that I have as a base but widened the stomach for a belly and changed the sleeves to raglan style. I wanted it to be loose, cute, and comfortable, and I feel I achieved that. 
I like making maternity clothes that have nursing access, so the neckline opens on both sides with snaps. It love the look and love that it's so easy to unsnap. I also added another snap to the sweatshirt before taking these next pictures. Three looks more finished than two.
On the topic of maternity, would you recommend wearing or buying a maternity coat? Or is that a waste of time and money? Should I just wear my regular coats unbuttoned?
Heather

11 comments:

  1. I love how it looks and the snaps for nursing, just so clever! I'm pinning it so I can remember on a next pregnancy! =D

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  2. Super cute! I love how you made it nursing friendly too. I always hated that my maternity clothes were only good for a few months...this one is going to last you a while!!!

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  3. Love that. This shirt is awesome. I was never hot through the winter, I had January and April babies. But for a coat, all I did was steal my hubby's XL coats. If you need a coat, check thrift stores. Or KSL. I bet you could find one for pretty cheap.

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  4. the sweatshirt came out great! for a maternity coat, I've been using a raincoat or coat from Target that both button and tie at the waist (i tie it over my bump) i am almost 7 months now and that's been good, but i fear that i am going to bust out of it soon. I don't want to invest in maternity coat though, despite wanting to be pregnant again in the future because they are wayyy too pricey for what you get and who knows if you'll be that pregnant during the cold season again?? Good luck!

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  5. It turned out very cute! I got a large peacoat when I was pregnant over the winter. I didn't need the maternity coat (which was crazy expensive). I got a lot of wear out of the jacket since I wore it through the start of second season as I was still nursing and my regular coats were impossibly tight across the bust. I think unless you find a great deal not worth the extra cash.

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  6. I bought two capes when I was pregnant last winter. One is a little dressier than the other, but they worked great as I got bigger and have the added bonus that I can still wear them this winter when I'm not huge.

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  7. So it was pretty cold in Rexburg when I was pregnant with Boston so I bought an XL mens coat and it was so warm. The problem was that it wasn't cute but once I had it I had a really hard time getting rid of it because it was crazy warm. Al would always say that she was just going to get rid of my "man coat" without my knowledge.
    PS. I love the idea of having snaps at the top for nursing, so smart.

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  8. This is our third winter pregnancy. I haven't bothered buying a maternity coat, mostly because they seem extraordinarily expensive for how long you will use it. Instead, I bought a mens plain black winter shell and layer it over a rather loose pink polar fleece jacket i already own. I also have a long pink polar fleece scarf that i tie under my belly because the jacket doesnt always keep out the howling cold canadian winter winds. If you are small enough to begin with, you might be able to get away with an XL or XXL ladies winter jacket but i couldn't find one in my price range.

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  9. I love the details you added...what a comfy and stylish look! I love the color too!

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  10. I live the snap/ button feature- I'm expecting now and would be interested in a tutorial :) last time I was pregnant a maternity sweatshirt jacket (heavy cardigan?) sufficed, although I sometimes wore my heavy winter coat unbuttoned, with a scarf. I do live around DC, though and it rarely gets especially cold. Baby also acts as a little furnace :)

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