The tank was MUCH easier to do. Which is what makes this tailoring so awesome! Did you find the elastic on your pants itchy? Love it, great idea… just wish I had some pants in my closet to try it out on… keep up with the maternity clothes inspiration as I need it.
More to come I promise, and congrats to all the other preggers mommies out there! I just wanted to say thanks for this. I too am due the same time you are, and am just beginning to think about maternity clothing. This is really helpful. Anyway, I have been looking for how to make some WOOL maternity skirts and pants out of old pairs or thift finds and this looks like the perfect solution.
I hope your skirts and pants turn out well: I know exactly what you mean! Thankyou for this tutorial! To my surprise, as sewing with knits I have yet to master, it turned out perfect-stretch and all!! Thanks for the tute! Thank you thank you!!!! My Best friend is prego and as her I both though we were done with babies we both got rid of the maternity stash!
Great idea and instructions are clear and well written! Thanks for the ideas! They turned out wonderfully for a first attempt. Megan, I wanted to leave you a note that your instructions are sooo helpful. I actually created pants from a store-bought pattern, but using your instructions, I altered the fit and rise and inserted a demi panel. It was so unbelievably easy, and what a money saver. Girl you SOO good! I love your style! You look so beautiful pregnant! I am loving you and your tips!
Megan, you are my hero right now!!! I cannot wait to sew myself a few pairs of these. Pregnancy clothing was earlier synonymous with large, tent size dresses that were unflattering. Women were more inclined towards hiding their large belly rather than flaunt it with stylish dresses. However, the trend, since then has changed for good.
Ok I have a question. I love the shirt, but what size did you get? I mean, the pants you recommended getting 1 size bigger, but what about the shirt? I got a shirt that was one size larger than I normally wear. I love it when someone has a great idea and they are willing to share it with others. Your instruction on the sewing was great. Anyone with a sewing machine could do this. Today it is all about the baby bump and maternity clothes are over rated. This is a great example of how a young mom can save tons of money.
Keep up the good work! Hello, I just tried to make the tanks im super excited for them but have a question. Or am I missing something here?? I have the same question as Jordan…in order for you to get a scrunch shouldnt the elastic be shorter than the area it will be stitched to? It looks like it is in the picture- how much shorter did you make it—-2, 3 inches….. Hi, thank you for sharing. Such a great tutorial! Thanks for the tutorials! I will be fixing that problem today!
Here are the links to the blogs: Sew like my mom […]. You are so good at what you do! I am not good with sewing. So I was always the lazy pregnant lady who depended on online shopping. I did most of my shopping through morph maternity,and they were really affordable. This sounds a great idea. Thanks for the instructions. Try on the pants again.
Wrap the elastic around your waist, at top edge of your pants, where they meet your pelvic bones. Mark a length on the band that is comfortable and not too tight.
Remember that you want the elastic to be tight enough to keep the pants on, but also allow a little room for growth. Pin the elastic band together at the point that you marked with your fabric pen. Cut off excess any excess elastic.
Sew the ends of the elastic band together. Choose a 4-way stretch knit fabric or tight t-shirt to use for the section of the bands that will fit over your stomach.
You may want to choose black, blue or another color to match your pants or a patterned fabric that will create some attractive contrast. If you buy a length of knit fabric, ensure that it is fairly elastic, so that it does not stretch too far.
If you choose a t-shirt, find 1 that fits snugly over your belly. You can cut a horizontal section of the shirt to use as your waist band. Measure your elastic band with a fabric measuring tape. Subtract 2 inches 5 cm from that measurement. This is your width measurement for your fabric waist band.
Cut a length of knit or t-shirt material that is equal to the width measurement. Cut it so that it is between 14 and 17 inches If you have a short torso, choose a 14 inch Pin the ends of the fabric together to form a loop, as if you are trying to make a tube top.
Sew the side together on your sewing machine. Fold the fabric tube in half so that the back sides are touching. The new seam should be folded in half and you should have both rough edges at the bottom and the fold at the top. Measure a casing for your elastic. Mark the measurement with a fabric pen or piece of chalk. Mark the measurement around the entire fabric loop. Sew along that line using a zig zag stitch.
This will allow you to stretch the fabric when you pull your pants on and off. You want to sew between 2 layers of folded fabric, but be sure not to sew through both sides of the loop. Insert your elastic loop into the bottom of the fabric loop.
It should stop at the line you have just sewn. Sew a seam just below the elastic band around the entire tube.
Dec 13, · Okay I know there are a number of tutorials out there on this subject already, but seriously, making your own maternity pants is such a great opportunity that I Author: Walking with Dancers. Aug 06, · The other day I found it was uncomfortable to wear the non-maternity regular pants or the maternity pants I wore during the previous pregnancy, which makes sense since the previous pregnancy was from winter to summer, this one is going to be from summer to winter. Nov 11, · Edit Article How to Make Regular Pants into Maternity Pants. Three Methods: Cutting your Pants Creating your Maternity Waist Band Sewing your Maternity Pants Community Q&A Maternity clothing helps you to be comfortable and look professional as 79%(91).