floral maternity top + shorts

i sewed a maternity top and shorts before going back to full-time work, because who knows if i’ll ever get to do any sewing once i start working?

maternity top

the pattern is self-drafted. basically the top part is a cropped a bodice that fits me (hopefully for a few more weeks at least), while the bottom part is just a long strip of fabric that is curved longer in the front to accommodate the baby bump. armholes and neck finished using ready-made binding so it’s a really easy project 🙂

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i love floral fabrics. the stitches are not really visible even though i used an obiang bright yellow thread X’D

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i enclosed an elastic band to make the “waistband”

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here’s proof that my husband takes very blurry photos X’D

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maternity shorts

the shorts are also self-drafted based on a pair of shorts that fit well. one big lesson learnt is that a pregnant bum is VERY GIGANTIC.

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the shorts uses some old camisole as a waistband. it is freaking comfortable for nuah-ing at home :’D

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i love the stitching on the pockets so was reluctant to give it up when the bum was too tight. in the end, i had to sew on extra pieces of fabrics at the back to accommodate my fat ass XD 

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the two extra lines of stitching is where i attached the extra fabric XD

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LOVE my pockets!
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super comfortable for lazing at home 😀

miscellaneous

oh and before i go off, here’s a photo of moi modelling the DIY maternity skirt.

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the picture was taken when i was 15 weeks pregnant and still fits well now (20 weeks). i hope it can last me till the end of the pregnancy, hate spending my hard-earned money on maternity clothes! X’D

tutorial >> 10-minute maternity skirt

MOTIVATION

being financially-challenged this year, i have been doing lots of research on making my own maternity clothes. my favourite links are:

most of the skirts involve sewing the body of the skirt to a folded tube of knit or elastic band. my inspiration for this sewing project came from this no-sew belly band tutorial. today, i am sharing my own tutorial because i have not seen any article on this method of sewing on the waist-band ^_^;

most importantly, this sewing project cost me NOTHING because i am recycling my old, unwearable clothing into something wearable, so i get new clothes without spending any monies. WIN!

PREPARATION :: find something from your closet to refashion

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some stretchy camisole singlets. these are 5% spandex, size XS/S and can fit over my UK10 ass comfortably. be sure to get camisoles that contain spandex as these are more stretchy and will fit your growing body.

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unwearable dresses. the denim dress was too tight at the top and the grey dress was too freaking short to wear without accidentally exposing my underwear.

EXPECTED RESULT :: cute and comfortable maternity skirts!

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visualize your desired end product. it helps you to achieve what you want! 

STEP 1 :: cut off the top of the dress (optional: keep it for future refashions!)

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how much to cut depends on the desired length of your skirt. remember to add seam allowance!

STEP 2 :: cut off the top of the camisole
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i wanted a tall waistband that can be folded down so i cut the camisole just under the armholes.

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you will be left with a tube of stretchy fabric. try to pull it over your belly and see if it fits over your butt and belly.

STEP 3 :: sew down the side seams of the skirt portion
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after cutting off the top part of the dress, the stitches of the side seams may come off, secure the seams of the skirt by back-stitching at the waist.

STEP 4 :: put the skirt inside the waistband tube
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with both the skirt and waistband’s right-sides facing out, place the skirt inside the waist tube.

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pin at the side seams and centre of the front and back. i find that using 4 pins is quite sufficient. the more pins i use, the higher my chances of getting pricked and i do not enjoy bleeding :'(

STEP 5 :: start sewing!
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starting at one of the pins, carefully place the sewing machine needle down and remove the pin. i used a zigzag stitch with 1.5 width and 2.5 length. pull the next pin towards you, as shown in the picture above, and step on the sewing pedal!

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this is how the skirt looks like after sewing. not very neat, and my thread does not match the fabrics. but.. WHO CARES? it’ll be hidden anyway 😛

STEP 6 :: finish the edges
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using a serger or zigzag stitch, finish the edges of the skirt so that it doesn’t fray in the wash. i am using a zigzag stitch with 5.0 width and 2.0 length. also, i have been using this
awesome overlock foot for all my “overlocking needs”. it is the best solution for folks who don’t own any overlock machines!

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this is how your seams will appear after you “overlock” them.

THE RESULTS
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when turned right-side out, the skirt looks weird with an extremely tall “inside-out” waist band and a normal skirt portion. don’t worry, because the correct way of wearing this skirt is to…

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pull down the waistband to a level you’re comfortable with.

since we preserved the original hem of the camisole, it actually looks like you’re wearing a long camisole. i will post modeling pictures when mr X is free to be my photographer XD

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this was the first skirt i made..

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i really love how this turned out so i decided to make a second skirt and turn it into a tutorial. hope it’s useful for any mummies-to-be out there!

OPTIONAL STEP

if you find the waistband a little too plain, you can also create a ruched waistband by sewing one strip of elastic down each side seam.

CONCLUSION

seeing how easy it is to make my own maternity skirts, i will NEVER pay $50+ for a maternity skirt again X’D

sorbetto top –> maternity top

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remember this Colette Sorbetto top i made some time ago?

now that i am growing a belly and without a job, it’s not so practical to spend $50 on a new maternity top so i pieced together whatever remnants of this brown polka-dots fabric i had left and transformed it into…

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front view

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close-up of the front. after spacing out the pleats, i just sewed on the bottom of the blouse to the top and then top-stitched to re-inforce the seam.

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back-view.  the back is made of different pieces of fabric because i had run out of fabrics X’D

next week, i will be sharing two DIY maternity skirts which i refashioned from old camisoles and dresses!