In the Finals!

You may remember this maternity tank that I made not too long ago:

I entered it in this fun contest at A Jennuine Life, for maternity, nursing, and post-baby wear.  And I made it into the finals!  If you could, would you head over there and vote for me?? :)

Hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend… and don’t forget, free shipping through tomorrow in my shop! (Use code MEMORIALDAY)


Maternity Tank

In the middle of KCWC, I decided to make a little something for myself.  Something just a teeny bit fancier than my typical T-shirt. :)

And no, do not adjust your screen… I really am that pasty white.  I live in Wisconsin.  I was freezing outside while I took this picture.

This top is made from a jersey knit I bought quite awhile ago at Joann’s, from my own pattern.  I made sure to make this one long enough that it will definitely last through my pregnancy.  It will probably even be a good post-partum shirt.

I’m finishing up a couple things for my boys to round out KCWC, and then I have a few non-clothing posts coming up next week!

Long Sleeved Maternity Tee!

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it many times again…  I’m a T-shirt kind of girl.  Since I spend my days chasing my very active boys, I like to be comfy.  Add into that my 27 week prego belly, and comfort is 100% necessary!

(We have my three-year-old to thank for these pictures, by the way.  Which explains why they’re a little grainy and not the greatest… oh well, make it work, right?  And he was quite proud of himself, which makes it totally worth it.)

This tee is made from my own pattern, using a maternity t-shirt I had on hand as my starting point.  It’s also similar to this tee I made awhile back.

This shirt is actually [gasp!] not upcycled.  I made it from a super soft and cozy knit I found at Joann’s (purchased with a coupon, of course…. I never buy anything full price at Joann’s!)  I hadn’t originally intended to sew the band on the bottom of the shirt, but after sewing the rest of it together, I didn’t think the shirt would last through the next 13 weeks. [only 13 weeks??!! eek!]

I’m working on another maternity shirt that I had hoped to enter into Spring Top Week at Made by Rae, but I doubt I’ll get it finished.  Though she did just extend the deadline…. so we’ll see!  I’ve also got some KCWC sewing to do.  Oh my sewing machines are getting a workout this week!

And p.s. don’t forget to enter the giveaway I’m doing over at Shwin&Shwin!

Simple Upcycled Maternity Shirt

In my quest to spruce up my maternity wardrobe, I did a super quick upcycle of a regular T-shirt to make it maternity.

This tee began as a two sizes too large thrifted find (the same style I would normally buy from Target), and with a little added ruching to the sides, became a more flattering maternity shirt.

Homemade by Jill has a tutorial here, which was my inspiration, but I used elastic threading in my bobbin (instead of regular elastic), just like Dana’s ruched leggings tutorial here.

Five minutes for a $2 maternity shirt?  Yes, please!

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Maternity Pants Tutorial

Well, I said it was coming, and here it is!  An under the belly maternity pants tutorial!

DIY Maternity Pants

First, you will need a pair of pants that fit you well – at least, mostly.

I picked up these jeans at a thrift store, and like the brown pants I posted about the other day, they fit perfectly, except that I couldn’t button them.  Seriously, again?! That makes them perfect to make into maternity pants!

Cut out the zipper completely, keeping the rest of the fly intact.

Decide where you want to cut the pants.  I tried them on, then made a mark with chalk where I would want the 1 1/2 inch elastic to begin.  Then I cut above that line about 1/2 inch, to allow for the seam allowance.  Since these pants will sit below the belly, the front needs to dip down lower than the back.  In the back, I cut just below the existing waistband.

Sew the fly together [in this picture, you see my attached waistband already, because – woops! – I forgot to do this part until later.]  You can see my stitches are a slightly lighter yellow thread, on the left of the fly.  It’s much easier to get the two pieces lined up when you do this before attaching the waistband.

Next, Measure tightly around your waist, under your belly.  This number will be the length of your elastic and your knit.  For the knit waistband, you want a very stretchy knit.  Here, I upcycled the waistband of a jersey skirt I picked up at a thrift store. [The same skirt I used here and here, by the way.]

Your knit should be 2 1/4 inches wide – if you are using 1 1/2 inch elastic.  If you use a wider elastic, make sure your knit can fold over the elastic, leaving ample room for seam allowance.  The length of the knit is the measurement you took of your waist.

Take this knit and open it up, put the right sides together, and serge or zig-zag the ends. (Unless you are also using an upcycled waistband, you won’t have a seam down the middle like mine – just on one end.)

Sew the ends of your elastic together.  Fold the knit over the elastic, forming a tube, making sure the seam of the knit is inside the tube.

Pin the tube around the outside of the waistband of your pants.  Serge or zig-zag the waistband onto your pants. [If you are using a sewing machine, rather than a serger, I would recommend sewing around the waistband twice, just to be sure you get a strong hold.  Also, make sure you are using a durable needle if you are sewing onto denim!]

Ta-da!  Maternity pants at a fraction of the price!

If you make any, let me know.  I’d love to see them! [You can see the other pair I made here.]

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Maternity Pants!

Yes, there comes a day when maternity pants are a must.  That day has looong since arrived with this baby!  It is truly amazing how quickly a third baby pops out.  I have a mega problem with maternity pants – they are always too big.  Even in the third trimester.  Because maternity pants are made with the theory that your butt grows.  It doesn’t work that way for me, so I decided to make my own and solve the problem!

I had originally purchased these pants on a thrifting expedition, long before I was pregnant.  When I brought them home, though, I was so disappointed to find out that they fit perfectly, except for the fact that I couldn’t button them – yikes!  So as maternity pants, they work really well.
Here you can see the panel – I like the under the belly panels. (And hello, 18 week belly!  You are mighty large.)

By just cutting off the top of the pants, adding a jersey panel with 1 1/2 inch elastic, serging it onto the top of the pants, I have brand new maternity pants!  Yay for looking cute (and being comfy) while being ginormous!

(With the next pair I make, I’ll do a full tutorial.  I wanted to make sure these were actually wearable first!)

EDIT: The tutorial is up, and you can find it here!

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