Maternity Pants DIY
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
It's pretty simple to alter your existing pants for maternity wear! I took a pair of black pants with a stuck zipper, and altered them to fit me now that my belly is growing. Here's how:
Cut off the waistband of your pants then cut a curve from the sides to roughly 5 inches above the crotch. You may have to cut the curve lower or higher depending on the style of your pants, just make sure it falls below the curve of your belly. If there are any zippers in your pants, stitch them closed.
Take a piece of jersey fabric, or any fabric with plenty of stretch, and sew a tube the same width as the waistband of your pants. The seam will be at the back of your pants.
Use the curved piece you cut out of your pants as a template to cut a curve out of the tube that you sewed. The back of the tube can be straight across starting at the highest point of the curve.
Pin the tube to your pants, right sides facing, centering the seam of the tube at the back of your pants, and matching the curve to the front. Sew all the way around. You should end up with something like the photo above.
Hem the raw edge of the tube with a zigzag stitch or stretch stitch. And there you have it! A brand new pair of maternity pants.
Tip: Select a pair of pants that fit your hips and legs, but you can't button or zip up. It helps if the pants have some stretch to them.
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