With Peanut’s pregnancy, I was pregnant mostly through the winter. Toward the end I was pulling out lightweight dresses to stay comfortable, but for the majority of my nine months I was bundling up in tights, sweaters, and scarves. With this pregnancy, most of it will be during the summer months. So a few pairs of maternity shorts were high on my list.
With an old pair of shorts my little sister had given me (and I’d never worn) and an old Belly Band from Peanut’s pregnancy (which I hardly ever used), I made myself a pair of maternity shorts in just TWO easy steps. If you don’t have a Belly Band, just use a piece of sturdy and stretchy jersey — it will work just as well.
Here’s what I did:
When Landen gave me the shorts, she had started altering them but had never finished — hence the one leg longer than the other. So the first thing I did was re-hem the leg. After that, I turned them inside out, pinned them to my desired fitting, then sewed up the leg to skinnify them a bit (full instructions for doing this step are found here).
Step 1. Cut out the waistband, getting as close to the actual waistband as you can. Be careful around the zipper. I was able to get close enough to the waistband to not cut the zipper at all. If you have to cut the zipper, make sure you secure the opening before moving on (or else you’ll pull your zipper pull right off when you go to zip up your pants).
Step 2. With right sides together, pin the Belly Band to the raw edge (where you just cut the waistband off). Using either a serged seam, a small zigzag seam, or a stretch stitch, sew around the entire waistband to secure the Belly Band to your pants. (If you use a straight stitch with regular thread, the seam (and the waistband) will not stretch as your belly expands).
And that’s it! A new pair of shorts that I can wear all summer long, despite how enormous my belly gets!
|Also, I’m pretty sure I need to start using my tanning lotion again…that ‘before’ picture is making my ‘after’ picture a bit jealous 🙂|
As always, comment or email with any questions. Happy Sewing!