maternity sewing tutorial roundup

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


**make sure to also pop over and check out our maternity sewing tutorial roundup 2011 and 2012!**

i'm super excited for this post! i've been meaning to do this roundup during my whole pregnancy and now since i am a month away from little beans arrival i figured I better get on it. i spent a lot of time hunting down maternity tutorials during the last 8 months, but never got around to finding the energy to make any of them. boo for me but good for you guys.

i've been getting some emails lately asking me for references to good maternity tutorials, well here's your answer ladies! i've scoured the web and found what i think are some goodies! i also threw in some great sewing resources for alterations, places to buy vintage maternity patterns and even how to convert a regular bra to a nursing bra! yeehaw! that one i may try!

so save the moula on all those expensive maternity clothes and make or refashion your own! i know what i'll be up to soon, turning all my mat clothes into regular clothes - my baby making time is over after the little bean comes along. so scroll through, go say hi to some talented ladies and show your belly some love!!!

1) converted maternity pants tutorial from modest maven
2) diy maternity pants from megan nielsen
3) maternity pants tutorial from grosgrain
4) maternity jeans tutorial from staker family circus
5) maternity yoga pants from make baby stuff
6) maternity jeans from patchwork princess

more tutorials:
- how to make a maternity panel
- maternity dress pants conversion
- shirt sleeves to yoga capris
- convert your jeans

1) wrap maternity top from megan nielsen
2) big tee to maternity tee refashion from homemade by jill
3) how to sew your own maternity shirt from laura's blog
4) diy maternity shirt from megan nielsen

1) gwenna - the maternity skirt from see mommy sew
2) modest maternity mini skirt from georgeina
3) refashioned jeans to maternity skirt from homemade by jill
4) refashioned maternity skirt from pink picket fence

more tutorials:
- maternity t-shirt skirt
- ruffle-y maternity skirt

1) how to make a wrap cardigan from megan nielsen
2) pregnancy band tutorial from smashed peas and carrots
3) maternity or not frock from presser foot

more tutorials:
- the no sew nursing top solution
- how to make a regular bra into a nursing bra
- pattern for zip in jackets for maternity and baby carrying use
- nursing shirt
- another take on the belly band
- nursing top from t-shirt
- big ugly shirt refashion

Maternity Patterns:
- grandmas house
- ebay

Sewing Tips:
-expandable t-shirt wrap
- maternity jalie shirt pattern review
- xxl maternity shirt to j crew inspired maternity top
- maternity block from the pattern school- maternity pattern reviews from assorted notions
- easy pattern adaptions for maternity wear
- more maternity pattern adaptions & reviews

online maternity shops (this list is in progress):- belly dance maternity
- belly dance baby


i'm sure i've missed a few tutorials or helpful posts out there, heck, a girl can't be perfect ya know..haha. so if you know of one, please, please, pretty please leave me a comment below with the link or send an email to luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca and i will update this post as they come along.

happy belly sewing!!!!!

last image courtesy of suhel sheikh

50 comments:

  1. I think it's wonderful you did this! I know where I'm coming when we have our next one :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Good Links. Thank you so much!! I'm 30 wks and feeling too cheap to buy anything now- since I've got less than 10 wks left, but man I've outgrown so much in my closet. I think being able to alter a few things with these tips will be great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow, I'm honored to be among your links!!! Thanks for the shout out. I'm just finishing up another J Crew inspired T-shirt. This one is dark purple and I am loving the randomness of the ruffle placement. I think every pregnant woman should have some pieces that make them feel special. How are you feeling?

    ReplyDelete
  4. wow. so many good ideas for my next pregnancy. thanks! xo

    ReplyDelete
  5. I don't know if you knew already but I also sell a pattern for making your own belly band. There is one located at http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43234812

    Thanks a bunch and hope you have a great day
    Bobbie

    ReplyDelete
  6. There are some great links here, but it's a little late for me to make any maternity clothes, I'm at 37 weeks.
    I did find this quick and easy tutorial for making nursing tops using t shirts: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/shirt.html it looks easy enough and t shirts are inexpensive and comfy and you can always alter the sleeves, add designs, ruffles, etc. to cute them up a bit!

    ReplyDelete
  7. i love this! im also at 30 weeks, and carrying differently this time around so several of my old favorites from the first pregnancy dont fit! im going to look at everything and im sure something will jump out as a new favorite. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. You're welcome ladies! I hope you enjoy it and I am going to keep it updated. I know I had a hard time finding great stuff so thought I would share what has taken me my pregnancy to find :) Enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love this! Thanks for all of the linkys!

    I'm due in 8 weeks, so there is almost no chance I'm going to be sewing maternity clothes at this point (when my mat leave starts, it's yoga pants all the way, baby!). But I'm marking this for the next preggo! =)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I wish I found this post 4 months ago! I only have 2 weeks left. I turned two pairs of pants into mat pants and another pair into a really funky denim skirt ... but the best was my jersey full-length brown dress that I wore to My husbands work party in January and it still fit great for my work's Annual General Meeting at the end of March!

    -Amanda

    a word about belly bands ... go to the second hand shop, find some stretchy t-shirts that you like the colour of, cut it off at the armpits and hem the top closed (you might have to hem a little at each side depending on how close to the armpits you have cut) ... voila! belly band in any colours you like!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great round up Shannon! Thanks for linking to me hun :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh me oh my! Thank you so much for putting it all together in one place. I had seen some of the patterns before falling pregnant and then couldn't find them! And my wardrobe is thinning with my expanding belly. So thank you! Genius. Absolute GENIUS!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I wish I had done this sooner too! haha, maybe I could have had a bigger maternity wardrobe? oh well, too late now. i can hardly fit at the table with my sewing machine never mind find the energy to sew a new wardrobe at the moment. those darn swollen feet of mine are a bit tricky to maneuver on the foot pedal..hahaha.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Terrific list Shannon! I shared your link with my readers here http://sewingbusiness.com/2010/04/01/fab-list-of-maternity-project-tutorials.aspx

    ReplyDelete
  15. So thoughtful of you and a big thanks! I've been popping in all over looking for maternity stuff and this couldn't have come at a better time. Best wishes to you and your little bean!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I am definitely linking this to my blog. Thanks for sharing!
    littlelizardking.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thanks so much!!! This collection of maternity projects are heaven-sent. I still have about 9 weeks to go and my belly is so big now that I cannot just squeeze it in my normal shirts anymore. All the best for little bean and you!

    ReplyDelete
  18. What a great post. I am a seamstress, actually a quilter who can't wait for maternity leave, because I will be finally allowed to focus on growing my business! Yay self-employment! =)

    I had never thought of repurposing clothing into maternity clothes! I got lucky, though, and borrowed lots of clothes from friends who just had babies, but what a great idea, and very easy to do!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks for all your comments and links! I've been updating the post as they come in - you guys rock!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thank you so much! I am only 22 weeks prego, but being the 4th one in 5 years, things are not fitting a LOT earlier ;)
    I will definitely be utilizing some of these great ideas!!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. marking this one for sure! Don't need it right this moment, but maybe if there will be a number 3!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow, this post really rocks! I wish this was posted sooner because like you, I am about a month away from the expected due date. I did see some of these projects before but it's so nice to get this all rounded up in one place.

    Thanks so much for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I just came across this post over on One Pretty Thing. Such a great resource! I'm bookmarking for when that time comes : )

    ReplyDelete
  24. oh this is great!!! i'm hoping to get pregnant again soon and i will definitely be using these ideas! thanks so much! lisa

    ReplyDelete
  25. It’s a gorgeous Maternity Dresses collection for pregnant ladies. I am very glad to see that. for a huge collection of maternity dress jeans and more maternity wear visit us at http://www.fertilemind.com/ Maternity Wear

    ReplyDelete
  26. So glad I found this list! I saw a maternity waistband conversion from another site, but I was at a loss for converting anything beyond a t-shirt. You've made my day! :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. I really appreciate the time you're taking to put up this tutorial. I have a question though, when you sew on fabric, you need to lock in your stitches at the beginning and end of your row by reversing. I don't see this on the cards I've seen with sewing on them. How do you keep it from unraveling if you don't lock them in like this?

    ReplyDelete
  28. Glad you are all enjoying it! Make sure to let me know if any of you have any links for maternity sewing tutorials to add on, I would like to keep it updated :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Great website! As I am nearing the end of my pregnancy I would like to know how to convert some of my favorite mat pants and skirts into regular clothing. Any advice for a reluctant sewer?

    ReplyDelete
  30. This is a FANTASTIC collection! You did an awesome job finding and presenting these. And thanks for linking to my maternity yoga pants on Make-Baby-Stuff.com.

    ReplyDelete
  31. oh i LOVE you!!!! thanks so much it is everything i have been looking for and couldn't find until now! So EXCITED!!!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thanks guys! Glad you enjoyed it! I'll be doing another one in 2011 to keep it updated and fresh!

    If anyone reading this has a tutorial for maternity clothes that came out after this was posted or was one I missed please email me at luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca I'd love to include you!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hey great post. I am doing a series right now on maternity sewing on my blog-- (the series is called sewing for a belly)

    ReplyDelete
  34. Thank you!!! I've now converted a pair of maternity jeans for myself and I'm about brave three for my sister. Thank you for all the links =D

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hi! THANK YOU for this post! The link for the Patchwork Princess pants at the top doesn't work though. :( And I love them. Any chance you might know how to get a hold of that tutorial?
    thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  36. You might want to think twice before saying your baby making time is over! You look young! I thought I was done at 26 with 2 but I changed my mind and had two more!

    ReplyDelete
  37. It’s a very good time to have such kind of links at this time of pregnancy. As we know that at this time many moms like to wear a good dress but cant but now it’s good news for all the moms’ u can wear a good and buy a new dress from this link. Hope u all enjoy wearing a new kind of fashionable maternity dresses.
    formal maternity dresses

    ReplyDelete
  38. When you are pregnant your body and bra size fluctuates and changes as your baby grows. After birth, your body prepares for a successful nursing journey and your bra size fluctuates again. The majority of women experience an increase of two cup sizes up from their pre-pregnancy bra size. If you do not experience a change in your bra size don’t panic, this will not impact your nursing success. The size of your breasts is not related to the amount of milk you can produce.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Forgive my shameless plugging, but I thought maybe you'd like my self-drafted maternity skirt, which I blogged about (Drafting, AND construction) here at www.allthewyldthings.blogspot.com

    Part I:Drafting (http://allthewyldthings.blogspot.com/2011/05/drafting-ponte-knit-maternity-skirt.html)

    Part II: Constructing: (http://allthewyldthings.blogspot.com/2011/05/constructing-knit-maternity-skirt-part.html)

    Part III: Finished Skirt
    (http://allthewyldthings.blogspot.com/2011/05/ponte-knit-maternity-skirt-part-iii.html)

    Last year for my first, I designed and drafted a nursing cocktail dress (for wovens). You can read about it here at http://allthewyldthings.blogspot.com/search/label/maternity%20nursing%20cocktail%20dress

    I'm in the last week of my pregnancy, and due tomorow. Been sitting down a lot the past week just waiting for contractions to start and reading blogs. Love yours by the way. Thanks for the roundup!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Oh me oh my! Thank you so much for putting it all together in one place. I had seen some of the patterns before falling pregnant and then couldn't find them!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Wow, I'm honored to be among your links!!! Thanks for the shout out. I know I had a hard time finding great stuff so thought I would share what has taken me my pregnancy to find :) Enjoy! I had seen some of the patterns before falling pregnant and then couldn't find them! And my wardrobe is thinning with my expanding belly. I will definitely be using these ideas! Thanks so much.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Love the sewing tutorials they are great, my sister in law just got pregnant and doesn't want to spend a whole lot on a new wardrobe so this is wonderful to be able to upcylce and to convert old clothes!! Thanks so much :)!!

    ReplyDelete
  43. I'm not pregnant, but I'd still make some of the stuff you featured here. Especially the jeans tutorial. Thanks a bunch. :)

    ReplyDelete
  44. Oh me oh my! Thank you so much for putting it all together in one place. I had seen some of the patterns before falling pregnant and then couldn't find them! And my wardrobe is thinning with my expanding belly. So thank you! Genius

    ReplyDelete
  45. i love this! im also at 30 weeks, and carrying differently this time around so several of my old favorites from the first pregnancy dont fit! im going to look at everything and im sure something will jump out as a new favorite. :)

    ReplyDelete
  46. Hi! I just wanted to say that I think your blog is great. I'm currently expecting twins and my bump seems to be growning daily, your advice on adjusting clothes has been priceless :)

    ReplyDelete

Please leave a comment, I LOVE hearing from you!

Proudly designed by Mlekoshi playground