Wednesday, February 17, 2010

mini skirts.

A few weeks ago, after viewing a highly educational episode of What Not to Wear, Chloe kindly warned me: "No mini skirts after 35, okay?"

Ironically, when I turn 35, Chloe will be 16, and I'm guessing the tables will be turned & I'll be making a similar threat.

At this point, Chloe's words are hilarious, seeing as how I haven't really been seen in anything but frumpiness for months. So when Kevin and I planned a Valentine's date night, I dragged myself to Target to try on some maternity clothes. Fail, fail, fail.

It may seem ridiculous, but being a small person presents serious shopping problems. When I say nothing fits, I mean NOTHING FITS. Right before I got pregnant I actually had to buy a GIRLS size 12 skinny jeans from Old Navy. My pants have the same adjustable waistband as my kids. Awesome. And they don't fit correctly because 12-year-olds don't have child-bearing hips. Three months later, I can't slide them past my thighs.

So maternity clothes don't fit. My regular clothes don't either. I found this non-maternity dress that seemed like it may work, so I tried it on.

Mini skirt.

Totally over the dressing room, I bought it. (I'm not quite 35 after all.)

But it really was too mini.

So I pieced together a bunch of scraps in my favorite prints, ruffled up the strip, and added it to the dress.

Chloe approved and let me leave the house.

31 comments:

Tegan and Tage said...

Only YOU could pull that off. Way cute. :)

And so glad you guys got a date night! Kevin needed it, and I'm sure you did too.

Such a hottie, even at 13 weeks prego! ;)

Single Mama said...

Adorable!

I have the same issue with maternity pants. They don't make them in small enough sizes! Complaining about that seems silly, but this is why I've lived in yoga pants for 8 months!!!

I did find that if I wear my regular jeans, completely unzipped, and unbuttoned with a BellaBand, it works. :)

Kat said...

That is so adorable!!!

Kimmie @ live fancy. said...

Jealous. Size 12. Jealous. Another baby. Jealous. Working sewing machine. Jealous. Awesome dress. Jealous. Date night.

<3

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

Love, love, love it!!! And I really love the fabrics you used - so cute with the dress!

Aurora said...

Oh, it turned out cute {of course!}. I have the same problem finding clothes, not because I'm super small but becaue I'm smaller & busty (and that was before I was pregnant)...I know it sounds silly, but clothes are not designed for people with boobs!Nothing EVER fits me right!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

At least you can find pants long enough. As you know, I am 5'9 & finding pants/jeans that are long enough? nearly impossible!
I am so glad you posted pics for the finished dress! I love the fabrics you chose, it looks great!

Natalie said...

I could have gone my entire life without knowing you had to buy a GIRLS SIZE 12.

Love the skirt. Actually, I think it was cuter after the alterations.

Umma crafty squirrel said...

Wow, I'd never thought I'd hear someone else vent about being small. It's a bit refreshing to know I'm not the only one out there with this problem. I only got 1 maternity dress with both my pregnancies and that was out of pure determination.You've got a cute baby bump there!

ShoozieShoes said...

VERY cute! How fabulous to be so handy ;-)

Trish said...

you are too cute! i just feel fat and bloated! got my hair cut today though so maybe that will help?

Heather at All A Flutter said...

Your dress and you bump are so cute! Hope you had a fabulous night on the town!!

Staci Danford said...

So cute.. That made me laugh.. My 16 year old is forever telling me I am TOO OLD to wear things... DARN it with age. haha
Staci

love said...

ok, that's hilarious! i bought that dress tonight in the purple segway! {when i tweeted about buying dresses in target!}

i wondered if it'd be too short even with my grey leggings. what a CUTE option you've done here!

love it!

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

A)I think it's hilarious that Chloe told you no mini skirts
B) I kinda don't feel bad for you that you have to wear kids clothes normally. I am with Aurora above- busty people get the shaft. Skinny legs, high waisted and busty? Thank you mom and dad for the genes. ;)
C) I AM IN LOVE with that outfit. ADORABLE. I want one for my nonpregnant self. How can I convince you to make one for me???

songskatesang said...

Turned out sooo cute! :)

Corinne said...

I really need to learn how to sew! This is fantastic! AND, I think I saw that dress at Target - and yours is sooooo much cuter now! :)

Mimi said...

yes! at 5'2" /115lb. I am the gordo of the group.

Amy said...

Adorable! And oh, to have the problem of being small! : ) The skirt is super cute, love it!

Polka Dot Moon said...

OH you're just too cute! You touch on the skirt is awesome!

I am 5'2" and shopping is a nightmare! Let alone maternity clothes!

(Bedrest and hospitalization had it's perks cause I didn't have to worry about clothes! Totally was the pits though.....who wants to be bedridden for 6 months! Let alone the hospital for 2 1/2 months!)

Laura said...

WAIT A FREAKIN MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When Chloe is 16 you will be 35????????????????
What are you??? 12 years old??????

Dear God, I feel so old...............

and I want to be sad for you about not fitting into anything..because I have been there...unfortunately, I am there NOW too, and I am not pregnant.

your age, and the fact that you can wear ANY skinny jeans is making me spiral into an abyss of despair and depression.
good thing I adore you...

xoxo

Laura said...

and wait a moment...I am back...Mel is 5'9"????????
Mel honey, I would come up to your ankles.
I am a hobbit.

Laura said...

I am back AGAIN..because Natalie's comment just cracked me up...and I am lonely...thought I would share.

suzannah @ so much shouting/laughter said...

so cute! i love your header too, and that photo of the sewing machine and colorful fabric makes me want to learn to sew. and photograph.

i clicked over hear from the EO, and i feel like a total creeper now, cuz i'm seeing that you authored the bean brownie recipe i already commented on today at MM. i need to turn off the computer...

cheers

Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com said...

Just stumbled on your blog, super cute ideas!!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com

PHARES CAUSEY said...

Oh I love it! Couldn't have been done better!

carina said...

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Messy@ Bungalow'56 said...

Love your skirt. Might just have to try something like it. My 14 year old will be all over it, and let me tell you, yes the no mini skirt thing is being enforced here. The years will go by so, so fast.
Take care,
Dana

TDM Wendy said...

I don't even know where to start. Where do these SKILLZ and BRAINZ come from?

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

That is so cute, Heather! You are so talented - I wish I could just whip up a cute solution to my clothing issues ;)

homemakerchronicles said...

I had to wear dresses after 20 weeks b/c of this problem. Hey, we should start a maternity line of clothing for little women who don't want to look like they are wearing a tent for a shirt!