Just after completing Maternity Wear #4, I found the DIY Maternity website by Megan Nielsen. What a kindred spirit! Only she's a real clothing designer with real clothes and patterns for sale. I took her tutorial for turning a men's button-down shirt into a maternity shirt and made a few changes to her design.
I shortened the sleeves and re-attached the cuffs below my elbow just as she did. But I also took about 2" off the sides of the bodice and 1.5" off the sleeves, since a men's large is humongous on me. I found that was too much to allow for my belly, so I added the 2" back to the sides, but only under the bust line. I then zig-zagged the raw edges so they won't unravel in the wash and added a strip of 1/3" elastic just around the inside of the bust line (just as Megan did).
Sorry for another blurry photo. As you can see, it now fits more like a tunic than a shirt and has plenty of room for a growing belly. I like that it still is a button-down, which may make it a fine nursing top as well (especially with the post-preggo belly to hide).
Here's the back. I think this is the classiest, most versatile thing I've made yet - and I dare you to find a good-fitting, comfortable button-down collared maternity tunic for $5!
I really like how this one turned out, and I'm excited to start on #6...which has something in common with this one! Stay tuned!