If you read my previous post, you might be interested in how I actually made the maternity skirts, so here is a quick tutorial. (I’m using pictures of two skirts to show all the steps.)
Items needed: pretty skirt, camisole in coordinating color made of stretchy material, sewing machine, creative spark, and courage to try something new
1. I started out by putting on the skirt (with the zipper open), looking in a mirror, and penciling in a half moon under my belly. Caution: don’t go too low or too wide, as this will make the “secret panel” too loose. I made that mistake with the all white skirt I adjusted first. A valuable lesson learned! I kept the side seams intact and started the half moon about 1/2″-3/4″ to the inside of the seam.
2. Pin together the skirt layers or pleats as shown. Next, baste about 1/4″ under the pencil drawing. Then cut on the pencil line.
3. Now use the half moon cut-out (shown above the skirt) to measure the “secret panel” that you will make from the camisole. Place the waist edge of the cut-out skirt piece along the bottom seam of the camisole (shown on the top, since the cami is upside down). Cut out a similar size half moon from the camisole, using only the front of the cami. (You can use the back of the cami for another skirt!)
4. Pin the cami cut-out to the skirt, right sides together. I started at one side along the waist, then pinned the halfway point (the bottom of the half moon) and carefully manipulated the cami cut-out to fit along the skirt in between – similar to how you would sew a sleeve on. It’s a little awkward, but worth the effort to line it up correctly!
Voila! You now have a lovely skirt that will be the envy of your pregnant friends – especially when you tell them how little you spent on it!