Tutorial: The 15 Minute Maternity Skirt
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
You may have seen my red maternity pencil skirt yesterday. It was really easy to make so here's a quick tutorial for you expecting mommas out there. Sorry, same outfit from yesterday! :(
Skirts have always been an important part of my wardrobe but when the baby bump gets bigger, I struggle to find skirts that fit both my body and my vintage style. As a mommy-to-be, I'd rather spend my money and time on baby things than on expensive maternity clothes that I will only wear for a few months. I whipped up this affordable, easy maternity pencil skirt in only 15 minutes!
I had two red skirts in my closet. One was a knit pencil skirt from a thrift store ($1) and it was a tad shorter than I like. The other was a cotton pencil skirt also from a thrift store ($3) that didn't ever fit my waist properly.
1.) Cut the waistband off of the cotton skirt. I took off about 3 inches off of mine. Next, I slid it on to see how long I wanted my new skirt to be. I needed an extra 4 inches to get my preferred length- just below the knee.
2.) Next, I cut the top off of the knit skirt so it was 5 inches long (extra inches needed plus 1 inch for seam allowance and adjustments). See below:
3.) Pin the two pieces together and sew it up! You can see the stretchy belly band in the photo below
Here's my new vintage-inspired 15 minute maternity skirt, which cost a whopping $4 to make and seriously, only 15 minutes. I pulled my shirt up in the front so you can see the stretchy belly band. This skirt is also a great project for a curvy gal who prefers the comfort of a stretchy waist. I plan to make a few more of these in basic solid colors. For fun, you can add an applique,patch, trim, ruffle, buttons, pockets, etc. This project works on other skirt styles and most fabrics as long as you have that stretchy knit (or something similar) for the belly band. If you don't have a stretch skirt to use for the belly band, I've also made one with an old, stretchy camisole. Happy sewing!!