The Happiest Refashion

Last summer, as I was perusing Pinterest, I came across this fun weekly pregnancy series.

During my pregnancy with Peanut, I did a weekly maternity series, which I loved so much that I decided to do it with all my future babies.  When I saw this series, I instantly fell in love — especially with the idea of wearing the same dress the whole forty weeks. 
So when I got pregnant at the end of July last year, I went on the hunt for the perfect dress, but couldn’t find anything. After a couple weeks of hunting, I found an adorable striped maternity top at Gap, and decided to make my own. I bought two shirts (one in my regular size and one a size up), then chopped the larger one off right under the armpits, removed the side ruching, line up the stripes, and sewed the two shirts together. Voila, maternity dress! I loved it. [UPDATE: Full dress tutorial HERE]

 The day before I was going to take my 10 week photo, I started bleeding, and, devastatingly, the pregnancy ended in miscarriage.

In the months after last September, I kept the dress at the back of the closet, waiting month after month for when I could use it again. I wore it a few times, but it just made me kind of sad, so it mostly just hung there…waiting.

And finally, at the end of February, its time came again.

We are over the moon πŸ™‚
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due date: October 29th


  1. Bec says:

    So very happy for you, Merrick! I felt your pain last time, which coincided with my pain, and now I have joy for you. All the best!

  2. Oh my gosh! DELIGHTED you and your family!!! Thoughts and prayers, Dawn πŸ™‚

  3. Noelle says:

    Congratulations! This is such happy news…and I love the dress. You are so talented! πŸ™‚

  4. I am so incredibly happy for you! What a beautiful blessing!

  5. Yipeeeee! So excited for you!! Not as excited as I am for ME cause I am ALMOST. DONE. (whahahahaaaaa):) Love you and miss you and can't wait for you to get a little chubby. Hehee.

  6. Terri S says:

    Congratulations! Wishing you all the best with this pregnancy!

  7. The Liddells says:

    Congratulations!!! So exciting!

  8. Yay!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! πŸ™‚

  9. Janssen says:

    I had no idea that's what you'd made that dress for.

    We are SO so happy for you and Philip.

  10. Awww, congratulations! That is wonderful! πŸ™‚

  11. SO very happy for you! You're glowing in these pictures! πŸ™‚

  12. Mel says:

    Congratulations! And that's the perfect dress to take those photos!

  13. That's so exciting! So happy for you!
    Kerri at HollyMuffin

  14. Bex says:

    Oh congrats chica!!!! πŸ™‚

  15. Rachel says:

    yea yea yea!! Congrats Merrick and family!

  16. RA says:

    I had a hunch this was the case! YAY!

  17. Maggie B. says:

    congratulations! a happy and healthy pregnancy for you!

  18. Congratulations Merrick! So happy for you and your sweet family! And I'm pretty sure it's illegal to be so cute in your first trimester.

  19. WicketsMom says:

    Congratulations to you and your family Merrick! Thank you for sharing the news with us as well, we're all thrilled for you!

  20. Josh&Sharsti says:

    You are beautiful!! Congratulations, how exciting=)

  21. Alesha says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you! =)
    Alesha <3

  22. TheTinyHeart says:

    Congratulations, Merrick!!

    The Tiny Heart

  23. Meaghan says:


  24. Ashlee :) says:

    Congrats to you & your family πŸ™‚

  25. congratulations (: that is so exciting that you're pregnant! i wish i could say it was me.

  26. Shannon says:

    Congratulations!! Blessings to you and your growing family πŸ™‚ Looking forward to your maternity style!

  27. Jenae says:

    Oh! What joy! So much love!


  28. Bethany says:

    HOORAY!! Congratulations to you and your cute family! I wore the same maternity shirt when I was pregnant with Lucy, but that dress is MUCH cuter! Love it! I hope you're feeling well!

  29. Yay! So excited to see all the fabulous maternity clothes you'll be making and modeling! Cant wait to see baby #2 πŸ™‚

  30. Olivia says:

    aww congrats!!! so so exciting!!

  31. Saskia says:

    I knew it! Not to be all stalker-y, but I kept going back to your pictures on the last couple blog posts, trying to figure out if that was what I was seeing. Congratulations!!

  32. Kayla says:

    oh yay i'm so glad you announced!! and I'm super glad I got to be the weird belly-rubber on your cute bump before I left! I love you and that cute baby you are growing!! πŸ™‚

  33. Britty says:

    AAAAAAAAHHH! I am in a departmental meeting and I seriously yelped out loud. CONGRATS, guys!

  34. Sara Flynn says:

    Congrats!! I just came by your blog from Lace ect. Going to follow now!


  35. Lindsay says:

    That is awesome! Congratulations and I love the refashion. My husband and I are yet to be blessed by a little one, but I will surely be looking for this refashion when we are.

  36. Alba* says:

    So many congratulations!!
    I hope you have a good and calm pregnancy =)
    Lots of kisses!

    *Ma vie en rose*

  37. Emily Kate says:

    So happy for your Merrick! And after your terrible loss, it seems extra sweet to hear the news. Congratulations!!

  38. I KNEW IT!! i wasn't going to say anything, but i totally called it! congratulations merrick! πŸ™‚

  39. Congratulations! I read a while back about your miscarriage so I am really happy for you guys! I will pray for you πŸ™‚

    Ps. That dress is awesome!

  40. emandtrev says:

    Oh gosh! I got chills reading this and am just so seriously delighted for you. Congratulations!!! πŸ™‚

  41. Kacie says:

    Congrats! That is so exciting!!!!

  42. Lanette says:

    Congratulations!!! That dress is adorable–you're so talented, seriously! And I'm so happy for you!

  43. newpetite says:

    Congratulations Merrick! Came across your blog via your guest post on Laceetc blog. and now I am your new follower!

  44. song says:

    Congrats Merrick! As I am 11 weeks along, I have baby bump radar, I thought I spotted a little bump these last few posts. Praying for a healthy pregnancy.

  45. kaila sue says:

    So happy for you! And what a cute idea! Congrats to you three!

  46. Elisabeth says:

    Congrats to you and Philip, Merrick!!! Very exciting news. πŸ™‚

  47. Mallory says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you! Can't wait to see all the pregnancy photos!

    Mallory @ Faith. Fashion. Beauty.

  48. Leigh says:

    So exciting. πŸ™‚

  49. YAY!! Congratulations! That is freak exciting!!! Aww you look so cute!!

  50. Yeah yeah yeah!!!! That is so exciting babe! So happy for you!

  51. kimmie says:

    Congratulations!! So exciting! πŸ™‚

  52. Brittany H says:

    congratulations!!!! So excited for you.

  53. Congratulations! That's great to hear! πŸ™‚


  54. yay!!! and what a fun way to document your journey with this sweet baby. so thankful for this new life!!

  55. Kelly says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! This looks like such a fun project too, I'd love to see it when you're done!

  56. Ash says:

    Yay! Congrats!!!

  57. Chelsea says:

    Congrats! I know you're a great mom, your baby is very lucky to have you guys!

  58. Marianne says:

    So happy for you, Merrick!! I hope you get to enjoy the happiest times during tour pregnancy!

    by the way, I'm portuguese and also pregnant (my due date is… January 1st, 2013! And i think i'll find myself a maternity dress to do this!

  59. Lisa says:


  60. Merrick!! Congratulations! I am so happy for you πŸ™‚ We are expecting another little one on October 22! October is a great month!

  61. Emily says:

    Congratulations Merrick! You are such a beautiful pregnant gal! Love the dress and can't wait to see all of your maternity styles πŸ™‚

  62. christine says:

    Congratulations!!! That's so exciting πŸ™‚

    dela chic

  63. Katie says:

    Congrats!! That is so exciting!!

  64. Huma says:

    Congratulations! <3 I'm so sorry about your loss the first time around, but the fact that you're pregnant again is so exciting and great. πŸ™‚

  65. Congratulations!! What wonderful news!!

  66. A super happy congratulations to you and your sweet family. Wishing you health and peace during this amazing time…all the best!

  67. BrittWilk says:

    i'm so happy for you guys, merrick!! congrats!! and can't wait to see how the picture series turns out. πŸ™‚

  68. Annie says:

    That's amazing Merrick – congrats! You look super cute in that striped dress πŸ™‚

    The Other Side of Gray

  69. JMc says:

    Awww!! Congratulations!!Hope you are feeling well, and this is a very smooth pregnancy for you.

  70. Leanne says:

    Oh I am so happy for you! That is the perfect maternity dress. I can't wait to watch your little bump grow πŸ™‚

  71. danes says:

    congrats! I'm due mid November so it'll be nice to be able to continue to follow your blog and have more ideas on what to wear as I grow! any chance for a dress tutorial?!

  72. I've got little to say other than: woo hoo! Congrats to you and the whole family — what a joy and a blessing!

  73. Sandi says:

    Congratulations!!! We are so happy for you and your cute family!!!! Love your blog!!!!

  74. So happy for you!!! πŸ™‚

  75. heidikins says:

    Yaaay! Congratulations!!


  76. preethi says:

    Um, YAY!!! So, so thrilled for you. πŸ™‚

  77. Congrats Merrick! So so so so so happy for you πŸ™‚ I came across this pregnancy series of photos/video and thought that it fit you perfectly! It may be too late to make a chalkboard like hers, but it looks so amazing! You should give it a go! Here is the link to the video…

  78. Rachel says:

    I am so happy to read this! I'm behind on reading my fave blogs so I'm just not seeing it.. but I'm so happy! I too had a miscarriage but only at around 4 weeks, last summer. I can't imagine after 10 weeks, I was devastated after only a couple weeks! So happy for you and your family!!!! <3Rachel

  79. I have to say that this has really brought some encouragement to my day! I found out in Feb that I was pregnant with our second child and then in April that I lost the baby. We have been trying and had 2 months of NO and I am becoming so sad from that. This gave me hope that we too will have our time!:) Thank you!!!!

  80. I love this idea of sewing two shirts together and have come across the same problem of trying to find a dress that would be suiting for this project. Did you remove the ruching on both the larger and smaller shirt?

    • No, I just removed the ruching on the larger shirt since that part was turned into the skirt. I left the ruching on top because I wanted to accommodate my pregnant stomach. If you're not pregnant, then you can take out the ruching on both shirts if you want!

  81. How do you add the fine bobbles with the different weekly numbers? πŸ™‚ I would like to do that to my pregnancy pictures.

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