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Pregnant Lolita 
30th-Nov-2011 04:57 pm
Hey there ladies. I'm sort of a stalker here. I have a few hand made lolita skirts that I wear but I have been planning on making a Jumper for Christmas and well....I found out I was pregnant. I'm about 14 weeks (beginning of 4th month) and I was wanting advise from any of you mothers. I dont really want to give up on my plan and since I have designed it and set aside the money. I shouldnt be too big but what could I do to make it not look too awkward. I'm already planning empire waist so that should help. Any other advise? I would also love to see if any of you ladies have pictures of being pregnant and wearing lolita. Thanks for your time ^_^
1st-Dec-2011 12:37 am (UTC)
I don't have anything to add but you may find some other entries on maternity helpful:

1st-Dec-2011 01:35 am (UTC)
thanks and didnt really think of searching for it. I keep forgetting Tags I dont really navigate LJ that well
>< But a question I thought of. Should i make like a half petti so the front wont be too fluffy? or maybe have the petti under the tummy. I'm making everything so anything is do-able.
1st-Dec-2011 01:58 am (UTC)
I think once you start showing you can probably forgo the petti. If it's not sitting at your natural waist it will bunch up and look odd. If you're wearing empire waisted dresses you won't want cupcake poof under them anyway.
1st-Dec-2011 01:33 am (UTC)
I would make your design fully shirred in the back and make sure you have enough room in the bust for possibly enlarging bust.

I second the notion of going through the tag that sonia provided, you'll probably find some photos there.

You also might try the lolita sewing comm for suggestions on technique for making the dress more comfortable/useable when you're pregnant.
1st-Dec-2011 02:37 am (UTC) - Congrats!!!!
Congratulations! Many blessings to you to have a healthy pregnancy and baby!
1st-Dec-2011 03:45 am (UTC)
^_^ Congratulations!

There's a thread in the memories here:

Hope that helps!
1st-Dec-2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
I'd consider trying to make an empire waist petti so you don't have tight elastic round your waist, you could make one that has a flat material over your stomach and have the poof start bellow, so you still get the fluffy effect without adding lots of volume, I've seen some A-line ones that'd fit with an empire waist dress with a simaler design before but can't remember where at the moment, sorry :S
1st-Dec-2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
I would suggest two things for your jumperskirt.

1. Put in a big hem. This way, when your baby bump gets bigger, you can let it out and not have an uneven hem around your dress, which always looks a bit odd.

2. Put more fabric in the front than in the back. Shirring is good and well, and you bust will need to be expandable for obvious reasons, but you need to make sure your jumper still has enough fabric to drape properly even when you have a baby in there, without looking awkward or stretched. For that reason, there needs to be more material in the front than in the back. To disguise this, I suggest using pleats that fall away from the front, so that they will still look nice whether you are pregnant or not. You can also hide a large amount of fabric that way, so when you do not have so much in the front it will not look odd.

I haven't been pregnant, mind, nor designed maternity, but these are the most obvious modifications I can think of to help you out. And like another poster said, I'd forgo the petticoat for the moment. If you must have more poof, put a built-in into the lining, but really, your back is going to be sore enough in all likelyhood without your adding to the weight it needs to support. Best of luck!
1st-Dec-2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Congratulation! ^-^
I am also pregnant (24 weeks) so here are my advices:

- If it's your first child, you probably won't be so big at christmas. You will still need a petticoat. Choose a confortable petti. The elastic should not be too tight.

-An empire waist design is a good idea, but don't forget to let a lot of space for your bust. I suggest to put an elastic under the bust, like a lot of Moi-meme-moitie dresses have.

- Wear flat heeled shoes. Hight heels are going to kill your back in a few weeks! Also, your center of gravity will change, and it's gonna be a little bit harder to keep your balance. ;)

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