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As you can read by the title I am starting a new section! Belly Sewing: Maternity sewing projects. And most of them will be upcycling projects =] I'm excited to share all of the fixing-sewing I'll be doing now that my clothes don't fit anymore, but don't worry! I will still be posting other projects that have nothing to do with maternity or babies. I wanted to let you all know in case you think that the new sections mean an overflow of these kinds of projects.

Now that you are all warned, let me show you the project I have for today: A maternity jean skirt for an oversize (I am normally Medium bottom size and for this project I got an XL) men's short, this was a thrift store find that cost me $1 and the other shirt I used for the belly cover was around my house, that's why I'm not including it on the price.

Want to make your own? Here is how I made mine, but remember that I am not giving exact measurements, when you head over to the thrift store or if you have a short already at home, make sure that it does not fit tight at all, because we will need to cut to transform it to skirt. So one or two sizes bigger than what you normally wear (men sizes are usually a lot bigger than woman's sizes anyway)


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1- First you will need to cut in between the legs of the sort, I just cut off the sewing lines (usually in shorts and parts is a double line)
2- Then cut off the belt loop part, don't worry if you cut a little more than that, because later on, we will do some more cutting in this part.
3- Cut the back seam of the shorts, all the way up.
4- Fold the shorts and cut a straight line where the legs start to show.
5- With the help of a seam ripper, take the zipper off the pants, rip all the sewing lines in between the zipper and the legs. Repeat step 4 now in the front.
6- Pin the fly an front part flat.
7- Pin the pockets shut, fold the skirt in half and cut about 2″ from the top of the zipper line. After you do that carefully try it on, it should slip in and out very easily, if it's too big to cut more on the back and make it smaller.
8- On a mirror check how close to your belly the front is, you want to have a lot of room there, I ended up cutting more on the top to make the back pockets more center, and I also measured how long I wanted it to be.
9- Once you are happy with how it fits, sew a straight line first (you should sew on the inside, the wrong side of the fabric) and then sew a zig-zag line to prevent the denim from fraying. After that try it on again (make sure if fits loose in and out) then top stitch with a yellow (in the case of jeans) thread.
10- For the new belly comfort area I used one of Ken's old shirts, this one is super stretchy and long, but it had a rip in the front. You probably just need about 10″ or less, depending on how high you want the new belt area.
11- I cut the shirt right where the rip was and that gave me about 10″ of fabric to play with. TIP: When you select a shirt for this part make sure it fits tight around you, if it doesn't the skirt will fall off, so if it's too big to cut the “circle” and make it smaller.
12- In my case I wanted a double fabric belt, if you want a super long belly cover, you can just sew it to the skirt and you're done (remember that I am sewing it to the wrong side first so if you only want one, sew it to the front)
13- Place both wrong sides of skirt and shirt facing and pin it together, for this kind of projects I always find the center and pin sides first, then fold both pieces again, find centers and pin together, so and so.
14- Carefully sew them together, you will get a result similar to my picture.
15- Now fold the shirt fabric to the front and make a little 1/8″ fold at the end so that the raw edge ends up inside the fold. carefully pin it. This is also a good moment to pin the bottom edge of the skirt if you fold twice there is no need to zig-zag the edge because the raw edge will be inside the fold too =]
16- Carefully top stitch the shirt to the skirt, for the bottom edge I would recommend you to topstitch from the inside (would that be bottom stitch?) Anyways, a lot of times that's better because you can see where the fold is and as long as you sew keeping the same distance from the edge there should not be any problems =]

I've worn the skirt about 5 times already and it's super comfortable, I used to wear my old skirts with a maternity belly band on top, it worked fine but now I am getting too big for my band, so I get uncomfortable fast, with this skirt I am comfortable all day long!

maternity skirt

I hope you enjoy and have fun trying this project!
Have a lovely day!

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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

13 replies
  1. Vanessa :P
    Vanessa :P says:

    Ingenious as always. I can’t yet tell what my guess is as far as a boy or a girl, from some angles it looks like a “boy” belly and from some angles it looks like a “girl” belly.

  2. Andaira
    Andaira says:

    He de decirte que el embarazo te sienta genial….estás guapísima!
    Te deseo que tengas un ratito corto y un feliz alumbramiento.
    Por cierto! el tuto está genial!

  3. Kaylan
    Kaylan says:

    This is incredible! I will definitely keep this tutorial in mind for the future when I’m ready to have children. You’re a genius!

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