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« on: June 02, 2013 07:00:50 PM »

I am looking for a way to turn my roller derby t shirt into a maternity top that I can continue to wear to bouts.

The problem I'm having is that every tutorial I can find starts with a too big shirt, and cuts it down.  I'm starting with a fitted t and looking to add.  Second problem is that I have to preserve most of the t because my name and number are across the shoulders, but the team logo is low on the front, like on the hip.  So I can't cut it below the bust and do baby doll either.

My initial thought is to cut the side seams from the armpit down and add a triangular panel of contrasting fabric to each side.  In my mind this would preserve the shoulder/neck fit and make the body looser and more flowy.   I'll be wearing it quite a few times through out the pregnancy, so I want to make it big enough to last to full term, but kinda want it to still be flattering here in my first trimester. 

Think it would work?  Got better ideas?  I may hit up the goodwill or the back of my dresser drawers for similar size shirt to experiment on. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2013 09:53:17 PM »

My initial thought is to cut the side seams from the armpit down and add a triangular panel of contrasting fabric to each side.

I did something similar for my niece except it started at the hem of the sleeve and went all the way down to the hem of the t-shirt. the piece I added for her was about 3 cm at the sleeve getting gradually wider until about 10 cm at the hem. The insertion fabric was a stretch lace with a nude underlining.

The lace went nicely with the print on the front of the t-shirt and really, because its under the arm, it looks like it was made that way from the start.

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