“ Manufacturer: Pumpkin Patch / Type: Maternity Dresses & Skirts „
I am now 23 weeks pregnant and have only just started to wear maternity clothes. I'm still fitting into my usual tops and t-shirts but for trousers and skirts my bump even though incredibly small my pre-pregnancy trousers, jeans and skirts are now just a little too uncomfortable and I have resorted to soft elasticated waists! I recently managed to go to Pumpkin Patch when I was in Peterborough and they had a sale on and I picked up two maternity skirts which are both ideal for work and for home. The first skirt I chose was the black pencil skirt. It is certainly isn't anything fancy but it serves a purpose and if you didn't know it was a maternity skirt then you would think it is a completely normal skirt. It has a small (2 inches wide) black elasticated waistband which has a bow effect around it so you can't really see the waistband whatsoever. The bow ties are actually quite long and if you tie a bow you will be left with a bit left over, not to mention quite a large knot in the bow, so you wear a t-shirt over the skirt your left with a little bump! The skirt has two pockets which are quite deep and wide and the skirt has a small split at the back in the centre of the skirt. The skirts overall shape is more of an A-line skirt rather than a pencil skirt and it certainly doesn't fit like a pencil skirt. However, it hangs nicely and on me it comes to just above by knee by about 1 inch (I'm 5ft8). The skirt is 18 inches from the top of the waistband to the hem of the skirt. The skirt is not skin tight and there is the breathing space you need! It has a small zip at the back to do it up and a back pocket which is done up by a little black button. Pumpkin Patch advise that when choosing a size you should choose the size you would before you are pregnant. If you are unsure there is a size chart in store or on their website which is incredibly helpful (all sizes are in centimetres). The pencil skirt comes in sizes extra small (XS), small (S), Medium (M), Large (L) and extra large (XL). I opted for the small as I am normally an 8 and I wanted a bit of space. On hindsight I probably would have got away with the extra small but least this way I can grow into it! The skirt before the sale cost £18.00 but it is now in their sale and costs a very reasonable £9.99 which when compared to a lot of other maternity wear it is incredibly reasonable even without being on sale. Washing instructions: The label advises that you should wash the skirt before wearing it (this may be something instructed on every item) and to turn it inside out before washing on a warm temperature (it doesn't give an actual temperature) with other items of similar colours. To dry you can either line dry in the shade it or tumble dry on a low hear. To iron again turn inside out on a low heat. I have washed my skirt twice on a 30 degree wash and put it on the line to dry and never had any problems! The label can be found on the inside of the skirt and next to it is a spare black button for the back pocket. Overall, I find this skirt incredibly comfortable. It is made up of 95% cotton and 5% elastane so the fabric is incredibly soft. I wear it for work and it is completely practical as office wear but its great wearing it out somewhere. A great skirt with a skirt price tag.