Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Maternity Band

I have a pair of maternity pants that are so cute, but they go well above my belly. It drives me nuts!!!!! So I decided to cut off the top part and add a band to go under my belly. I saw this on a blog, but have no clue where, if anyone knows, let me know.

This is what I did
1) I started with a pair of pants. You can actually use non maternity pants, they just need to fit in the hips and legs.

2) I then cut off the top of the pants. I cut the pants to where it is right under my belly
3) Then I took a stretchy shirt (mine got bleached, so it was perfect for this).
4) I cut off the bottom 6 inches, I folded it in half to make a 3 inch band
5) I then pinned the band onto the pants
6) I then sewed it onto the pants. I used a straight stitch but kinda wish I used a zig zag, just for strength
And here they are. Much better than before, I love the under belly band! As you can see, I also turned them into shorts, it's just too hot!


Kathryn said...

I made about 4 pairs of maternity pants when I was pregnant, and plan on doing more the next time. I'm 6 foot tall and there were no maternity pants that were ever long enough...and I wasn't about to pay $100 to custom order them from the online boutique shops!

You can also buy 2" wide elastic and add a band within the fabric strip to help them stay up.

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

I've seen them done with elastic before... I bet your version is a lot more comfortable!

decdiva1 said...

i love ur resourcefulness! thanks for ur nice comment on my 70's lamp!

Robin said...

Adorable! I would love if you would link this project up to my weekly upcycled linky party at www.thtshirtdiaries.com or http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled11


Amy Meyer said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I will definitely have to do this next baby go around!

Alida L. said...

Great idea! I'm 18 weeks and definitely needing my maternity pants...I'll have to try this!

Ruth H. said...

That is so smart! I wish I'd known about this during my last pregnancy.

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Great job! We are so glad you joined us for Anything Related! Come back tomorrow for another great party!

Ginger said...

Perfect! I always had such a hard time finding maternity pants that fit "just right". After all, I was already uncomfortable enough as is! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!