Me-Made-Maternity : Châtaigne Shorts (W22)
Hey everyone! I’m back already with a new pregnancy project (Still 4 months and half to go, so get used to it friends!) : this time it’s the famous Châtaigne baby bump shorts that I’m going to show you.
Everything started when, one day on Pinterest, I ran into this picture, and then this one. It was “love at first sight” and I wanted a pair of shorts like this. I had in my stash a Robert Kaufman seersucker fabric with anchors on it that I bought a few weeks ago on Fabric.com. I planned to use it for a dress but as most of my dresses don’t fit anymore, I didn’t want to waste it all on a pregnancy dress that, before long, probably wouldn’t fit. So I thought that this pair of shorts was a good idea to make using only a small bit of the fabric, and then I could keep the rest for a dress for next summer.
The Châtaigne shorts from Deer & Doe is a famous pattern which has been sewn by a lot of people since it’s been released. As I mentioned in my article about maternity pattern, it is easily adaptable for a baby bump.
For this pair, I used the high waisted version (I normally use the normal waisted version) and cut the belt pieces in a knit fabric. As I didn’t have any white knit in my stash, I use a scrap of blue knit I’d had for a long time. I was a bit afraid of mixing woven and knit fabric together but it actually went well. I sewed the belt to the short with my sewing machine first and then once the stitches stabilized it all, I used my serger. I used my maternity jeans to compare the belt which was long enough at that time. For a version for fall, I will have to make the belt a big longer.
I chose to make the scalloped hem as it’s definitely my favorite!!! I added a belt to tie under the belly to recreate the look of the shorts that inspired me. I really love the style of both, it’s so feminine and delicate, I love it!
At the beginning of the summer I was wearing the shorts with the belt folded, but now that my bump is getting bigger I don’t fold it anymore. This pair of shorts is a tiny bit transparent, so I have to wear clear underwear, but at least it is very light so it’s absolutely perfect for the heat we have in Quebec right now!
This was quite a quick make in the end, and I hope that we will have some nice weather in September so I can wear it for a little while longer! So, do you like it?! Have a nice week guys!
Pattern : Short Châtaigne, Deer and Doe
Size : 36
Fabric : Seersucker, Robert Kaufman via Fabric.com