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Topic: Need advice on making/reconning big girl maternity clothes.  (Read 1779 times)
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« on: April 17, 2008 01:19:26 PM »

I'm a curvaceous girl about 5 weeks pregnant with kiddo #4 (yeah, I know, I'm insane). As any bigger mama knows, the maternity selection for bigger women SUCKS - especially if you don't want to wear khaki capris with seersucker "blouses" or novelty "hey look at how huge I am" T's. Has anyone here successfully made/reconned maternity clothes? Are there patterns I should check out?

« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2008 09:40:06 PM »

I made "maternity" t-shirts and sleeveless tops by moving the centre front away from the fold when cutting and also adding more length at the centre front.  Better description here: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/maternity.html

For pants I found that drawstring waist pants several sizes bigger than usual worked better than "maternity" pants.  I used a pattern from Burda magazine, which originally had an elastic waist, and changed the waist to a drawstring. 

« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2008 05:00:10 AM »

Thanks! The shirt/dress pattern idea is a fantastic one. I'm feeling kind of "duh!" about it, actually  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2008 09:33:33 PM »

been there, done that...just had #4 myself.  What I found worked well for me was making stretchy non maternity tops...I bought a bunch of plus sized patterns and made the shirts longer only one size bigger than I was pre-pregnancy.  I really concentrated on patterns which were empire waisted and had the crossover thing happening on the top (sort of like: http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3893) So I could use these tops for breastfeeding later.  I omitted any zippers, used all kinds of stretch fabric (anything I found on the dollar table came home with me)...I also found allot of these tunic style patterns worked really well...and Lane Bryant shirts, two sizes to big, took me through this last pregnancy.  As for pants, someone on this site posted how to turn regular pants into maternity and I made a bunch of these...so worth it!  I actually had pants that fit this last time around!   Smiley

« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2008 07:07:49 PM »

I found this cool pant redo.  I used a too tight tanktop for the band.  Didn't take but half hour to do.


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