This is my lazy crafter costume from an iron-on. I can’t wait until next year when we’ll be in a house and have trick-or-treaters! Happy Halloween!
One of the advantages of being only 5’2 is that I can sometimes fit in kids clothes. Don’t worry, my closet isn’t full of Hannah Montana and glitter; in bits and pieces it works for me! I spotted these Circo dresses on the little girls clearance rack for $2.76 a piece in size XL and snapped them up in two different prints! Refashioning into a tunic would be easy to replicate with any elastic-waist dress. I would recommend wearing them with pants that actually fit though, these maternity “skinnies” look like elephant skin around my knees and ankles!
Anyways, the original elastic was at the natural waist line – which disappears during pregnancy. I chopped the elastic out, and then cut out about 4 inches between the top white line & the new “skirt” part. I have a short torso – so I’d recommend measuring from you r collarbone to under your bust to see what length you’d prefer, and then adjust accordingly. Be sure to take into account your bust curvature and the stretch of the fabric!
After that. I measured under my bust – like from where the outer edge of an underwire would be to the outer edge of an underwire on the other size. I then measured in between the inner edges of underwires. I turned the shirt inside out and marked those four start/stop points with a pencil. This provides the framework for the two gathered spots under the bust. I then used a piece of elastic that was 1/2 as long as the measurement, tacking it down and stretching it while I sewed down to the end of the marking.
After that, I sewed the bodice and the skirt together – you can see that I “pinked” the seams (those zig zags come from a specific blade that cuts each little triangle at an angle, the bias, that prevents fraying in woven fabrics. this is a knit fabric that doesn’t fray but I was too lazy to change the blade!) but there is no reason to do that with a knit.
I didn’t snap a picture – but when I flipped it over, the stitching from the elastic gathering showed a little more above the new waistline than I liked. Not bad, but I figured since I already had the matching belt I’d just sew it on! So I did. Now it won’t fall into the bottom of my closet with all the other unattached, matching belts.
I think this would work for non-maternity refashioning as well – though I am certain I will be ready to ditch all my maternity clothes once I can fit into regular clothes again!
Super comfy, cheap, and a bright fun color! I think that is my last DIY maternity share for a while- Check out more DIY Maternity posts.
Easiest maternity “tutorial” yet – just four snips of your scissors! I forgot to take proper “before” pictures – so I found a similar dress on Google Images. They’re easy to find at the thrift store – this one is made by Old Navy and cost me a whopping $3. I love that it’s all gauzy cotton, and that it has a lining.
All I did was cut off the straps. Done. I did buy one sizeĀ up from my normal size, but this fits even now at 33 weeks (if it were warm enough to wear it!) because of the comfy ruching.
So with two quick cuts, you have a DIY no sew maternity skirt!