You vintage collectors may not have planned on having a little one--and then all the sudden wow!!!! You find yourself expecting and not having a single thing planned for when you get huge. That's the situation I found myself in. I had no secret stash of cute maternity things stashed for that "someday if it happens" moment. I had made most of my vintage-y things myself anyway, so I never saw the need. Thankfully my dear friend Niki of Bombshellshocked came to the rescue with a surprise Christmas gift of a bunch of fantastic 50s maternity patterns and a ton of great vintage buttons!! Gosh I love that girl! The first pieces I chose were a fabulous 50s swing coat. I have a bolt of this luscious rayon tencel gabardine that worked beautifully, it drapes just like the old stuff. And you can use so many great buttons on it, a good chance to roll through some of my collection. I also made this fab wool capelet with a convertible scarf. It fits everybody! I can't wait to make the pencil skirt with this clever modular panel in the front to pair with the jacket. So many cute ideas, thanks Niki!
Oh and she just launched an etsy store with all vintage kid's clothing under etsy seller Accomplice Vintage. Such cute stuff! We are expecting a little girl, but I'm still in love with the sailor suit. Here's her shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/AccompliceVintage
Now it's also time to think about the adorable kid's patterns too, my head is spinning...so much to do!
It's tough to switch your mindset from the emphasis on the teeny wasp waist and strong 40s shoulder to...well...a rounder silhouette. I tried to keep an open mind about maternity clothing when I found out I was pregnant and took a peek out and about on the net at the modern options. Whoa! Not cute! Not fun! Not flattering whatsoever! Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you have thrown away your desire to look put together. I saw this as a possible blessing in disguise--maybe I need to be making cute maternity clothes! Whether they're from a vintage pattern or not, it is all very much needed out there. I found next to nothing in the organic, made in the USA, eco-friendly vibe either. There is a lot of room for improvement in the marketplace, so this is a start!