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Topic: Conversion to Maternity Pants w/Tutorial  (Read 4191 times)
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« on: October 02, 2012 09:33:22 AM »

I got these pants at a church swap for free!  I was going to make a long skirt out of them, but the other day I decided to convert them to maternity pants.

The first thing you do is cut off the waistband and belt loops.  I unpicked it so I wouldn't lose any height.  I also unpicked the zipper all the way down to the crotch intersection.  I serged all the way around the top (still learning, just got my serger so it's a bit crooked).  I inserted a bit of knit cotton so I have some growing room and resewed along the original lines.

I used the same cut-up t-shirt to make the tube for the elastic band.  I just measured the waist of the pants and added seam allowances.  Then I pinned the tube to the inside of the pants, right side of the tube to the inside of the pants, and stitched about 1/4" from the edge.

I used 2" non-roll woven elastic and stitched it together, then put that seam at the center back.  I laid that inside the tube of knit cotton.

Then I folded the cotton over and folded 1/2" back up inside.

A gazillion pins later...

I sewed close to the bottom of the fold, always checking to make sure my excess was folded up inside.  Where the pin is laying is where the top of the folded excess lays.


Action shots at 17w pregnant with #5!

Thanks!  This is my first time posting anything I've made.
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012 10:48:19 AM »

Very nice and practical with the elastic waistband. Well done.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012 11:38:27 AM »

Very cool and great tute!! I admire your patience with all that picking. They came out great!

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012 01:39:23 PM »

Wow!  That is absolutely fantastic!  Congrats on both your pregnancy and the pants!
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2012 05:34:05 AM »

Congratulations on your pregnancy.

Thanks for posting the tute . . . I really appreciate the photos.

I'm not pregnant but I have gained some extra pounds and your tute is very timely.
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2013 09:03:35 AM »

That's a really good idea! I'm 8 weeks pregnant and at that in between stage where I'm too small for the regular maternity pants but uncomfortable in my regular jeans. Now I can't wait to stop by our local thrift store to get some jeans to turn into a custom size maternity pants. I'm inspired to sew again.

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2013 02:07:20 PM »

I wish I had this tutorial when my daughter was pregnant...maternity clothes are expensive and not easy to find in our rural area. I'll bookmark this for future reference.
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2013 02:48:42 PM »

Super clever! You don't have to stop wearing the pants you love... only alter them a bit! Well done!  Smiley

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