Making Maternity Clothes Anew
I have a love-hate relationship with maternity clothes. With my first child, I was actually excited to purchase them, proud to show off the baby bump - the whole 9 yards. Then, I actually experienced pregnancy and grew to hate every awkwardly ruched empire waisted maternity top I purchased.
When I became pregnant with my second child, I tried to change things up. I decided to purchase non maternity tops in larger sizes, hoping they would be a bit more flattering than the maternity tops that are meant to accentuate the bump. I don’t know if this tactic actually worked - I’m one of those ladies who looks pregnant from every angle and gains pregnancy pounds everywhere (even in my toes and nose!), but it was worth a try! I also figured this tactic would help with my postpartum wardrobe - it takes my body a loooong time to get back to normal so clothes with a little more give have become my go to.
As the first few postpartum months passed, these tops started to look like teepees draped across my body, making me look larger than I already felt. And let’s be real, the postpartum journey is humbling enough for me. So, I decided to try my hand at altering these tops instead of purchasing new ones in an attempt to make them a little more flattering while still working on losing those stubborn pregnancy pounds.
If you have some bigger tops that you don’t want to toss, try this front tie method below! All you’ll need are some scissors, a sewing machine, and about 20 minutes, and you’ll be golden!
Turn your top inside out, and flatten it so the side seams are aligned.
Decide how long you would like your front tie to be. I measured mine at 8 inches.
Cut the desired length by 1 inch, and slightly curve the cut at the top. When you turn the top outside in, the cut will be 2” wide.
(Optional) If you have a serger, serge the raw edges of your front tie. I did this for extra durability, but the step isn’t necessary!
Fold and topstich the edge.
That’s it! Goodbye large baggy tee, and hello front tie top!
I’m all about saving pennies and reusing pieces in new ways. Want to give this project a try? I’d love to see your finished products!