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

hanging organizer for storing sanitary napkins + how-to

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because i really hate it when i have to walk all the way back to the bedroom to get my sanitary napkin or pantyliner.

it’s a fairly straight-forward project.. here’s how i did it!

STEP 1: choose the fabrics

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the secret stash of fabrics from my last Japan trip was yearning to be made into something useful. i took the easy way out and used the two bundles of pre-coordinated fabric packs 😀

STEP 2: cut out the fabrics you need

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you will need to cut out two pieces for the main body (in white), 4 pieces for the pockets, and another 4 pieces for the flaps that cover the pockets.

the dimensions i used are:

  • main body — 15.5cm x 30cm
  • pocket — 13.5cm x 22cm
  • pocket flap — 8cm x 13.5cm

note: the flap is barely long enough to cover the pocket when it’s full so you probably want to cut out 10cm x 13.5cm instead.

STEP 3: prepare the other stuff you need

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i used two strips of cotton lace to decorate the pocket covers and a length of ribbon to hang the organizer. the length of ribbon i cut out was about 12cm.

STEP 4: start sewing on the decorations

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i chose fabrics with prints so my decoration was very simple.. just two strips of cotton lace across the pocket flaps.

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next, fold the ribbon into half and then top-stitch the edges together as shown above.

STEP 5: sew up the pieces, right-sides facing

5.1 The pocket flaps

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find the pieces for the pocket flaps, match up the pieces and sew them together with right sides facing each other. leave the opening at the TOP of the pockets.

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trim the fabric and clip the corners as shown above. then turn the whole thing inside-out via the opening.

5.2 the main body

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for the main body, sandwich the ribbon between the pieces before sewing.

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for the main body, leave the opening at the BOTTOM.

at this point, if

  1. you can’t stand the way the fabric is fraying like nobody’s business OR
  2. you have self-respect and will never allow your work to be sloppy OR
  3. you have a mother who sometimes unpicks your work and criticizes “外面这么美,里面好像 sai” <– it means “this looks so pretty on the outside, but the inside is messy like human excretion“.

if at least one of the above applies, you may wanna finish off the edges with a zigzag stitch before turning it out through the opening at the bottom.

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see how neat it is after the zigzag stitching?

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here’s a picture of the main body after it’s been turned out. neatify the edges and top-stitch all around, at about 2mm from the edge.

(yes yes, i know i should’ve ironed the fabrics.. but i’m lazy and this was meant to be a quickie..)

5.3 the pockets

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match up the pocket pieces and sew them right sides together, leaving an opening at the BOTTOM of where the pocket is going to be.

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this is how the pocket will look like after you turn it out and do not bother to iron it.

STEP 6: assembling the pieces

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position the pocket on the main body and sew up the two sides as shown above.

position the pocket flap as shown in the picture above. the decorated side should face the main body and the TOP edge of the pocket flap (the edge where you left an opening) is near to the pocket piece. sew along the red dotted line as shown above.

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make two pleats as shown above and sew up the bottom of the pocket.

(if you have left the opening at the BOTTOM of the pocket, you won’t have to hand-stitch the opening closed. similarly, if you have left the opening at the TOP of the pocket flap, you won’t have to hand-stitch the opening closed too ^^)

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anyway, this is how the pocket looks when it’s completed.

now, repeat STEP 6 for the other pocket and you’re done!

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both pockets done!

STEP 7: take pictures

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hang your new organizer and marvel at its beauty

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fill it up and observe (to your horror!) that the flaps may be a little too short -__- this is when i can almost hear my mum saying “aiyoh, why always so ngeow, don’t cut more fabric… ” <– ngeow means stingy -__-

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