So for anyone who's not familiar with commercially available maternity clothes, this is a typical pair of maternity capris (from Target). You may say, "They look dumpy because they're low-end Target." Check yourself. They look dumpy because they're maternity clothes and clothing designers apparently think your butt is suddenly going to balloon to three times its normal size the moment your belly's too big for a fitted waistband. It doesn't happen that fast. ;)
See? Dumpy butt. I typically have to roll the waist down on these to get the Bozo vibe under control. I certainly don't feel I can look put-together or (heaven forbid) dressy in these. So I decided for the tenth Maternity Wear project I would make over a pair of non-maternity capris that actually fit me.
Oh my goodness! Pants that fit comfortably AND look good! These Gap capris were a $4 score at Goodwill, so I didn't feel too badly about chopping the waistband off.
Look! I have a butt again!
You'd never believe they were so comfortable with this belly, but they are.
To make your own comfy pants, simply cut the zipper out of pants and top stitch the fly closed (you cut the zipper out so you don't accidentally break a needle later). Then you take some stretchy fabric (double the thickness you want on your waistband), fold it over some wide elastic you've measured to your waist and sewn ends together, and sew the stretchy fabric to the edge of your pants where you just cut the waistline off, right sides together. Again, I'm sorry I was so dumb and left the card out of the camera so you have no before/during photos to go by.
That's all for this week. Come back Monday and I'll try to have some in-process photos of the next quilt I'm working on for ya. Have a great weekend!