My challenge was to make this from my stash, and quickly (I only had a few days to get it done). I had purchased a bolt of black ponte roma knit at a garage sale earlier in the fall, so I decided to make a basic pencil skirt from that. I didn't have a pattern, but loosely based it on pictures of Megan Neilsen's ruched maternity skirt. This was actually really quite easy to make, and extremely comfortable.
The top was a bit more of a challenge -- I don't have many fancy fabrics in my stash, but I did buy several yards of aubergine rayon velvet at the same garage sale. I found an 1/8 yard swatch of cranberry polyester chiffon in my scrap stash that coordinated with the velvet, so I used that for the yoke to add some interest. Since the chiffon was sheer and I didn't want to have to wear any special strapless undergarments (ugh), I underlined it with rose-colored silk georgette left over from my sister-in-law's 1910s tea gown. I then found some plum-colored velvet ribbon I had in my stash to pull it all together for a "colorblock" effect. The design of the top is totally simple, essentially a square top, but since I am pregnant it was more of a trapezoid shape. :) It's a good thing I kept the design simple because velvet, chiffon, and silk are super fiddly fabrics!
I would have made some different design choices if I had more time and different fabric options, but in the end it was nice to have something reasonably elegant to wear along with the rest of my family. I was hoping to get a decent family photo of the four of us, but we were all going in pretty different directions all day long and the only ones I have are blurry, ill-lit shots from the end of the reception. This is typical of family photos of us, anyway, so here we are in all our dressed up, but exhausted, glory!
It was a beautiful winter wedding, though, and we were so happy to be a part of it, and to welcome a new sister-in-law into the family! Now on to the next Big Event, hopefully in just a few short weeks...