Hi. I'm in about my 6 1/2 month of pregnancy. I have officially surpassed most of my 'cute' t-shirts. My belly hangs out of the bottom and it just doesn't quite work to pull my pants up further. LOL So, here is my solution:
I've taken an old tank top and altered it into a 'shirt extender.'
First, if you have a large embroidery hoop, or something with about a 14-15" radius we'll use that on the BACK of the TANK TOP. Place it as high up as you can get it. Eventually we'll cut just under the arm hole seam, so connect there. Then draw a straight line to connect under the arm hole seam across the FRONT of the TANK TOP.
Cut it out.
BACK OF TANK TOP (front of shirt extender):
FRONT OF TANK TOP (back of shirt extender):
Next, grab a piece of elastic, I used 3/4", and measure around the top of the stomach area. Make sure that it's tight enough to hold up and comfortable to wear.
Cut & sew your elastic. I used 3 rows of zig zag stitch. Zig zag allows the elastic to stretch.
Next, turn your shirt extender INSIDE OUT. We're going to fold the top of the shirt over the elastic and sew. DO NOT SEW THROUGH THE ELASTIC. We're merely creating a 'pocket' for the elastic to live in. This will allow it to stretch freely. ***(You may choose to pin the seam in this step. I find it easier to simply work it together as I sew.)
When you get about 1/2 way around, it makes it easier to sew over the elastic if you push back the already sewn area on the elastic, so you have more elastic room to sew the remaining shirt extender. (Sry, pics a lil dark.) ***Also, when sewing the rounded edge you may have a few gathers that come up, sew over these, OR make a few when sewing the top center area of the rounded edge.
And, viola! Our finished shirt extender:
As you may or may not be able to see in this pic, there is a bit of loose bunching in the top round area. This is for the roundness of the belly.
No more cold belly!
I did this all in about 20 mins in my pajamas last night. Super easy and very rewarding. I'm sure I'll make a few more of these, as the belly will be growing!
Thanks. Congrats & good luck!