Sunday, April 17, 2011

Maternity Clothes

As you can see from the ticker on my sidebar, I’m expecting my first grandchild in a few months! My son and his girlfriend are expecting their little bundle of joy in August. Rachel has reached the point that maternity clothes are needed. We have been out in the shops looking at them, and were shocked at the prices.  So, I got to work! Rachel gave me a few of her tee’s that she has outgrown, and I turned them into maternity tops. It is soo easy and economical, and I wish I had thought of it when I was pregnant with my kids.

All I did was measure down to just under her bust, and cut off the top portion of the tee. I then took a large men’s tee and cut it off under the arms, which I gathered and and sewed to the top of the other tee. Creating a ‘skirt’ so to speak. They fit perfectly, and she will get alot of wear out of them. She will even be able to wear them after the baby is born. You’ll have to forgive the crappy pictures. The batteries in my camera are getting low, so they didn’t turn out too wonderful. But, you’ll get the idea.



tops 004

The pinks don’t match perfectly on this one, but they aren’t quite as different as they look in the picture. I figure that after a few washes it won’t be as noticeable.

tops 006

This one is better.

tops 010

the front,

tops 011

and the back. I added ribbon ties because it was a little big.

And although it doesn’t look like it on the hanger, this one is the nicest. It is a beautiful aqua colour on the bottom. (can you see that the batteries were getting worse? lol) I like the ruffles on this one. I will be making a black one exactly the same. Hopefully we’ll get some warmer weather so she can wear them! Can you believe it snowed again today? I am so tired of winter weather!!

My next project(s)(there will probably be more than one, lol) will be a sweater/jacket for her. I’ll use Simplicity #2374. I have some nice soft knit picked out.


I also have two other patterns I will be making up for her once she has chosen the fabric.

Butterick #’s 5196, and 4201.


They will both be quick, easy sews, so Rachel’s maternity wardrobe will be well on it’s way! Up next… Baby Clothes!!


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  1. What an exciting time for you. Great job on creating maternity clothes.


  2. I too am due in august and have been thinking about how I can alter some of my tops! This may be just what I need!

    Would love for you to share at my link party!

  3. Congrats on the Grand Baby! You are doing a great job in making maternity clothes. I'm sure momma is ever so greatfull. Visiting you back, have a Great Week:)

  4. Amazing - she is a lucky girl. Well done - I love the idea of reusing existing garments. One wears maternity clothes for such a short time, it is not worth spending a lot on them.

  5. How cute are these?! Too bad I'm not pregnant again-well, not REALLY. LOL!

    Love it, great job!

  6. Hi Anne, It occurred to me that my blue "Meryl" tank top would make a very flattering maternity top. It flares out in a flattering line from above the bust, and has plenty of room for the baby bump. The "Tammy" top is very roomy too, and would look great lengthened. I have included a free pattern and tute. Glad you like the terrariums - they have doubled in size since I made them so obviously the like it too! ;-)

  7. Kudos to you for being able to sew...such a lost art form in todays consumer lifestyle!

    Popping over to follow you from Handmade Wednessday!!

  8. I'm here from the Refashioned website; had to check out a fellow Ontario blogger! I didn't sew clothes when I was pregnant, but I did convert some cheap tank tops into nursing tanks! What I really LOVED to sew while pregnant was slings of all sorts...ring slings, pouches, mei tais, wraps....babywearing was the BEST thing I learned about and it's what convinced me that I really could sew! She's lucky to have you!