Great fitting maternity jeans exist, but I'm not spending $80 on a pair of jeans I'll only wear for 3 more months.
(The cheap ones either don't fit right or don't look like jeans.) SO I decided to craft myself up a pair!
I started with a pair of jeans that fit me everywhere except my growing belly, (this happened to be a pair of stretch jeans 2 sizes larger than I normally wear found at the thrift store for $4) and a t-shirt (I could have used a blue shirt to match the denim, but I found a cute print that I liked better for $2.)
First, I put the jeans on and figured out how far up I could comfortably wear the zipper and marked that place.
Then I cut out the zipper and handstitched the fly shut. From the top of the new fly, I sketched a curved line up to just below the belt loops which would become my new waistband. (Please excuse the stretch marks... they come with the territory, you know... and a flash is oh so flattering on them.
I sewed along this line with upholstery weight thread and a small stitch length to make sure it would hold.
As you might be able to see in the pic, I removed the small 5th pocket to cut down on bulk.
I tried the jeans on with the new waist seam to check that they fit, and then cut off the excess denim.
I sewed a 6" wide strip of my t-shirt into a loop and then pinned it onto my jeans, right sides together.
(To get the circumference for the t-shirt waist, I pulled the t-shirt around my belly as tight as I could get it and went with that.) Since the t-shirt circumference was smaller than the jeans waist circumference I had to stretch the t-shirt to get it all pinned together. I did most of that stretching on the back side since that side doesn't need to have as much stretch when I wear them. That left lots of stretch in the front part where I need it.
I turned the t-shirt out, and then top-stitched to make it lay flat when worn.
This is what the jeans look like on if I pull the t-shirt waist all the way up...
And if I scrunch it down it...
If I wear an actual maternity shirt it comes down far enough to cover the waist band entirely, but if I wear a shorter (normal) shirt, then it's visible but, with the print, looks more intentional than if I had used a blue shirt. (The color of the shirt is washed out in the pics - it looks better in person.)
Now I have a pair of maternity jeans for $6 and about 30 minutes of sewing, but having jeans that fit me right now is PRICELESS!