Just kidding, I harvested some of this t-shirt to make myself a new pair of maternity shorts. Unlike my last two pairs, these ones are not just maternity pants cut off and hemmed into shorts. I picked up a pair of trouser-style Dockers jeans up from the thrift store and added the "maternity" part myself before hemming them into shorts.
I thrifted all three of these jeans at once with the intention of turning them into maternity cut-offs, but they all fit differently and have different quantities of stretch in the denim, so they require different methods in order to maternity-ize (maternify?) them. The shorts in this post are made from the jeans on the bottom in the above photo-- I haven't gotten to the other two pairs of bizzare old man jeans yet.
And here's how they turned out! I rather like them-- they're denim so they're a little less matronly and a little more flattering than the maternity shorts in my previous post. But the trouser style (they have welt pockets on the back) still makes me feel a little like I'm wearing "mom jeans", so I hope if I get around to making the cut-offs they'll be a little more stylish. I had to hem these ones because of the stretch content of the denim, and I thought it looked nicer with the trouser style. Also, I accidentally made them a little shorter than I would've liked.
HOW I MADE THEM
I'm not posting a tutorial. There are basically thousands of DIY maternity jeans tutorials out there; I don't think we need one more, do you? And in perusing all of those tutes, I've come to find that everyone has their own preference when it comes to full panel, half panel, or a below-the-belly elastic waistband. I'm a somewhere-between-half-and-below belly panel gal, myself. Full panels are just too dang hot in this Northern California weather, and don't stay up on me very well. And it's embarassing having to hike those mofos up, too, considering they come up to just under my bra.
Just a side note, I feel like those DIY maternity pants tutorials that have you either buying a new belly band to made a pair of maternity pants, or taking apart another pair of maternity pants, are so wasteful! My Be Band was $17 bucks, no way am I permanently attaching it to a pair of pants that cost less than half that!
I made these for basically $4. That's how much the jeans cost from the thrift store. The wide black elastic I salvaged from a maxi skirt I wore to death last summer (which was itself a maxi dress I'd decapitated). And I already showed you the casing came from an ugly camo t-shirt I had in my closet. I made them nearly exactly the same way Megan Nielsen made these pants, with a little bit of this action from Modest Maven thrown in. If you're too lazy to click over to those, I will tell you the steps I took:
- Seam-ripped out the zipper of the pants.
- Top-stitch the fly closed.
- Cut off the jeans waistband, scooping down a little more in the front than in the back-- I judged where to make the cut when I tried them on before cutting.
- Hacked off the bottom of the t-shirt (minus the shirt hem), double the width of the elastic plus another two inches or so for seam allowances (I eyeballed this).
- Placed the elastic inside the t-shirt piece, folded the t-shirt piece down onto itself wrong sides together, and basted the bottom shut (I used zig-zag for this instead of my machine's stretch stitch, which I decided I hate, and lemme tell you I'm sold on zig-zag for stretch sewing!). Now I had a new waistband!
- Oh yeah, there was some weird lining action on the jeans, and the welt pockets, so I had to baste around the top of the jeans in order to keep that stuff in place as well.
- Stitched the new stretchy waistband to the jeans right sides together, and donezo, new maternity shorts. My waistband ended up matching the jeans pretty well size-wise, otherwise I would've stretched the waistband as I sewed like Megan did.
- Oh wait, not done yet, I also added some stitching on the elastic waistband to keep the elastic from rolling. Then I was done.
Ugh, they look like they're showing way too much leg here. Next pair will be longer. But it's solutions like this that are helping me get through this hot summer while pregnant without having to do any maternity sewing from scratch, or buy new clothes, both of which I've sworn off.
Side note, today was supposed to be the day that Google Reader died (singing bye, bye Miss American Pie). I know you're probably sick of hearing about it like I am, which is why I wanted to point out something different; following blogs via Blogger Dashboard is still alive! This is how I've followed blogs from day one and I was worried it would go away when Reader did. The funny thing is, no one had a straight answer whether Dashboard's reader was going away too, so I just waited it out. And it still works! I may try out some other services, but am happy to knowI don't have to make the switch right now. Even though we all knew months ago this was happening and I could've made the switch already, in true Elisha style I procrastinated until the last minute to make the switch and still ended up forgetting-- which means I wouldn't have had any blogs to read this morning has Dashboard gone away too!