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Topic: Pregnant? Shirts too short?? SHIRT EXTENDER **TUTORIAL**  (Read 7065 times)
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« on: March 27, 2009 07:44:48 AM »

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.  Wink








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!   Grin


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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2009 08:21:43 AM »

This is such a great idea.  Even though I'm not pregnant (or have ever been pregnant) I have been cursed with a long torso.  All shirts seem to be way to short for me.  So this is perfect! I also really like the layered look.  Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2009 09:45:01 AM »

Thank you.  I love the layered look, as well.  This is my first pregnancy.  I took the handmade pledge and am sticking to it, so buying clothes that I'm only going to wear for about 3-4 mos is out of the question.  I pledge to make what I need to get me to the birth!  I'm wearing it today and it's perfect!
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2009 05:20:58 PM »

I am bowing to you right now!!  I am in my 6th month also, and getting annoyed only having 4 different tops to wear!!  Your idea and tutorial are brilliant (and WAY better then paying $15 to $10 for a "belly band")

Thank you!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2009 07:48:14 PM »

Thank YOU.  I was feeling that same way, hince the creation.  I'm going to make a few pairs of stretchy pants next.  LOL!

"Sometimes when you're a grown up, you like to wear stretchy pants, is for fun."  -Jack Black
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2009 11:45:59 PM »

That's an awesome idea, but I'm with the first commenter (lol!). I had a friend who was pregnant and she told me a tip that maybe someone else could use?

To get a few more inches out of your existing pants/skirts, just loop a rubber band around the button, through the button hole, and back around the button.

Now, maybe that's common knowledge, but I had never heard it before. Thought it might be useful.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2009 08:17:47 AM »

OMG!!! THANK YOU, thank you thank you!!  I've been wondering how I can get away with wearing them!!  Oh, you have no idea.  That is such a big help.  Thank you again.
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