Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Restyled Maternity Shirt- Joining the Bandwagon

I am joining the bandwagon and revamping an existing shirt. Today at my MOPS Open House we were all asked to wear red shirts. Not sure why, but I don't own one (in my regular non-maternity clothes.) So I went digging through my maternity clothes and found an old, so last decade (2004) maternity shirt.

Nothing really wrong with it, but back then I use to think the larger the better.

See what I mean....I could fit 2 of me in this thing. I did gain 41lbs with each of my previous pregnancies but I don't think I ever filled out this shirt. PLUS, I hated the collar

(sorry, I couldn't rotate) the interfacing always popped out and the collar always stuck up (see above picture)

Here is my new Restyled Maternity shirt. LOVE IT!!

Here is what I did. I cut the collar and the interfacing off. Easy enough

Then I pinned under 1/4" of material and sewed all around. (again, sorry for the picture)

On the sides I took in approximately 3/4" or 1.5" total tapering smaller as I approached the arm hole. (I hate tightness around my armpit) Then I trimmed with a rotary cutter.

First cut the manufacturers seam allowance, then cut close to allow for a new seam allowance

Once I finished trimming the sides I had 4 strips. Even out to one width.

I sewed them all together. Put a gathering stitch in the center, gathering all 4 strips until it lined up with the of the front of the neckline and sewed all the way around (including the back for more stability)

Here is my new neckline!! So much better then the old frumpy collar. Plus it fits so much better and I don't feel so outdated!

Here is the shirt again and me at 18 weeks. I also hemmed it up by turning up the hem 1 time and sewing two stitch hem at the bottom (looks more professional that way)

There you go. My new restyled Maternity Shirt. Total cost - $0

Get your craft on Thurs.


Lauren said...

The shirt looks awesome. I was just talking to Grandmommy last night and she was really impressed too.

Melissa said...

That looks great, definitely better than the original! And zero is always awesome.

Melissa said...

Oooh..I love a free clothing redo! Thanks for the love over at my blog and I would love to see what you make for your daughter's Minnie costume:)

MOMentum said...

Love that you were able to reuse that shirt. I think I had the same one in fuschia. Looks much better on you with the new improvements.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

That looks fantastic! I am crazy impressed that you had that vision. I want your talent!

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