Monday, June 20, 2011

Procreation Creation Refashion Project With Tutorial






I made a fun, cute and flirty maternity skirt that I made from a regular skirt. Now it's your turn. Here's how to turn any skirt into a maternity skirt. First you need a stretchy cami. Cut off the top. Cut off the top of the skirt at a place where it will be able to just go over your hips. Keep it a tad snug. I cut mine off just underneath the zipper; so I needed to gather it to the correct width. To gather, I zigzagged over a piece of floss and pulled the thread. Since my skirt was so wide, I quartered it and gathered the four sections separately. Much easier than going all the way around. Matching raw edges and side seams with right sides together, pin the cami piece you cut to the the skirt. I used lots of pins to keep my gathers in place. Sew with a zigzag stitch, but don't stretch the material as you sew or it may be too loose. 

(Quick fix: If your skirt turns out to be too loose and slips down, just sew up the side seams of the band till you have a comfortable fit.) Tip: If the skirt you are using for this project has gathers or pleats, before you cut off the top, straight stitch all the way around just below the cut line so that you maintain those gathers or pleats; otherwise, you'll have to put them back in. This will save you a lot of time and headache.

Variation (Not pictured) If you prefer a more narrow band, you can also fold down the attached piece when wearing or fold down and stitch.

You could probably do this to your skirts even if you aren't pregnant if you want a more comfortable waist band and to allow for fluctuations in weight.

This is a very quick project. I did this to around seven skirts that I picked up at a thrift store. They were having a sale, all you could stuff in a bag for $10. Made my day.







27 comments:

  1. Very cute truly...you are looking fantastic too..such a wonderful bump you have there...xxx

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  2. Great Tutorial Trudy! I loved this skirt when you first showed me. I need to try this too. (Even though I'm not pregnant..LoL!)

    You look lovely!
    xo
    Donna @ Comin' Home

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  3. Very classy and such a great idea! You and my niece are due about 1 1/2 weeks apart and both of your tummies look so cute.

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  4. Great idea, do not have a lot of work!
    you are a beautiful pregnant!
    xoxo
    aprendizdecostura

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  5. Super cute and creative, Trudy. You look beautiful! God bless!

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  6. what a beauty you are,, just glowing and crafty to boot!

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  7. what an awesome idea! you look beautiful!

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  8. Wow, you look great! This is a great idea. (I've added maternity panels to pants and skirts.) Sort of random, but it is probably less expensive to purchase a ready-made camisole than it is to purchase the same amount of knit fabric.

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  9. You're a great sewing instructor, Trudy!
    Your tips are very detailed and helpful! And ,of course,you look fabulous in this little chique skirt!

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  10. great tutorial you have such a neat little bump and only 8weeks to go....thats gone quick

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  11. How adorable and you look FABULOUS -- such an inspiration for us Moms out there still raising young families in our 40s!

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  12. You look adorable, and the skirt is great. I made a few like this when I was pregnant, long time ago now... first time I bought a maternity panel, then I realised it was nothing more complicated than a short length of jersey, so just used that instead after that first time!

    ("my turn"?, well that's not about to happen! :D)

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  13. Great tutorial. You are looking lovely!

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  14. Glad to hear good news from you. Hopefully you and the baby are doing fine.

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  15. fabulous tutorial and very cute skirt! I am visiting from the hop! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back! thanks so much!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  16. Brilliant using a cami for that! Very cute!

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  18. Great tutorial Trudy. Super cute skirt! I love that we can sew our own and custom fit them for COMFORT! So needed with this hot TX summer huh? Baby time is almost here for both of us. You look fantastic! Thanks for giving me the heads up on your post.

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  19. Congratulations!
    Great idea too!
    Love your blog!

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  20. Thanks for the great extra tip about using a snug tshirt! And for all your sweet comments Trudy. :o)

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  21. You are my hero. I wish I were more like you. I love the clothes and you look fantastic. I would like to know if your hair is natural or do you use anything on it. It is so beautiful.

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  22. I LOVE this idea! I'm having so much trouble fitting into anything pre-pregnancy (I am 30 weeks)... now I can at least wear a few of my skirts! Thank you!! You are so clever!
    And by the way, you look really cute with your bump :)

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  23. You look so beautiful! I cannot believe you only have 6 weeks to go...

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  24. So, did you have your baby? CONGRATS CONGRATS A miracle has happened again! Can't wait to see a picture. I'm doing my Friday hop today being as I was asleep early last night. It's a hot one today so I decided to stay home where it's nice and cool. I'm your latest follower. Nice to meet you. Have a great weekend.

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  26. all the pictures for this tutorial are now missing :(

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