Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: DIY Maternity Shirts

2.05.2014

DIY Maternity Shirts

I did make some maternity shirts for myself this pregnancy! I never mentioned it here on my blog, but this pregnancy had some complications I didn't have with Henry. I wasn't expected to make it to full-term, so I hardly did any maternity sewing because I didn't know how long I'd be pregnant. Well, when I got to 36 six weeks (yay!), I was so tired of my extremely small maternity wardrobe that I just busted out three shirts in a couple of days. Since I made them at the end, maybe they'll still look nice for the next pregnancy!
I made two shirts using Megan Nielsen's ruched maternity tshirts sewing pattern. This first one I used purple and ivory knit scraps and lace.
I've never made a peter pan collar because I never felt it was my style. It was too feminine for me or something. Well, since I color blocked the purple sleeves and since it's a knit shirt, I feel like the feminine style is balanced with my usual casual style. I really love the lace detail on the collar too. I love this shirt so much I wore it two days in a row! (Don't tell anybody.)
I really like the fit of of this shirt. It's perfect for a growing belly!
The other maternity shirt I made was a basic teal top. I didn't change the pattern at all except that I added a neckband instead of hemming it. I needed something versatile to go with the other items I have.
I also made this knit maternity pencil skirt. I think it was originally a shirt? My sister got it on sale somewhere and altered it a little then gave it to me. I just added some elastic to the waistband for a fun new skirt! Isn't the pattern so cool?
I was getting really tired of feeling like I was wearing tents so this shirt and skirt were perfect to help me feel cute again!
The last shirt I made I used Melissa Esplin's DIY reversible maternity shirt refashion. I've had my eye on this refashion since Melissa first did it, and I finally put it to use. I LOVE the idea of using it for maternity and then flipping it around for nursing!
I used a basic blue button up shirt my husband got rid of. I took in the sides to make it a little more fitted. Then I added a geometric navy blue scarf to the front that my sister got me in Russia. I sewed it in on the bias and then trimmed off one corner which I used to finish the edge of the neckline.
It was actually pretty easy to do, and hopefully it works well for nursing. I'm glad I finally found a use for this scarf. It was too stiff to wear nicely as a scarf, and I really wanted to use it or wear it.
I've got an awesome blooper for you! Henry was playing with stickers on the couch, and I didn't realize one got on my pants before my photoshoot. It's awesome living with kids!
Heather

13 comments:

  1. I love the reversible top- very clever! I agree, your Peter Pan collar suits you, it feels very "Heather" the way you did it. Gosh, I can't believe that bun is almost do e baking. You will have 2 babies soon! Did I read that you are planing #3?! I say go for it!!

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  2. Pretty mama !!! So nice !

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  3. wow for the reversible top! I keep getting great ideas from you!!!!

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  4. Great set of shirts, and skirt! Clever use of that scarf I have a few in my closet not getting worn that may upcycle well. I'm glad to hear your little one decided to stay on board to term.

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  5. I am so glad that you have made it. I love your maternity looks. That peter pan collar is perfect, I love it.

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  6. What cute tops! And you look great!

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  7. LOVE that skirt. The fabric print is awesome.
    Thanks for sharing your new looks.
    And good luck, you are almost done being pregnant, and get to play with a cute baby!

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  8. all very cute on you! that last shirt is amazing though - so different.

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  9. those are all so cute on you! i adore the peter pan collar, and i'm going to have to try out that reversible top!!

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  10. And also, congrats on making it to 36 weeks!! Glad baby got to make it to that milestone still in your belly!

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  11. these are so cute!!! Glad you got some cute shirts for the end and now you can use them with your baby snuggled in your arms!

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