I was going to post about binding my disappearing 9 patch baby quilt, but... well, something just became more pressing and I couldn't put this off. Perhaps my title gave it all away... that urgent business is my burgeoning belly.
There comes a point, around the start of the second trimester, when everything baby-related pops up and out of the little internal nest it was previously occupying. I reached that point last week. Even though I've done this 3 times before, once again my hopes for continuing to wear long, snug-fitting shirts over unbuttoned pants and look
normal non-frumpy into the labor pains have been dashed on the rocks of the expanding nature of gestation.
But wait! What's this? A lifesaver! My fabulously crafty friend Jodi from Sew Fearless, who practically shares my due date, just blogged a tutorial for altering regular waistbands into gloriously stretchy maternity waistbands! I'm saved!! I don't have to tearfully pack away my favorite Ann Taylor pants, doomed to be outdated by the time I pull them out again anyway. Ann, meet scissors. While I stoutly refuse to cut up my favorite pair of Banana Republic dark wash jeans, most of the pants in my current rotation can handle a new waistband to get me through this winter of expectancy. So let us begin... I'm not going to rehash her tutorial (and I'm going to do it a teensy bit different because I have super awesome 3" wide elastic!!!), but her basic instructions are the perfect place to start in accommodating that blossoming baby bump. She used the technique on a skirt she was sewing from a non-maternity pattern, but the same principles apply to refashioning existing garments. She's starting a new series answering basic reader questions about sewing how-tos, and her first "Taking the Leap" post is chock full of maternity resources for sewing garments to fit your expectant body. Fabulous!!
Here we go! The pants before (I did the ones on the bottom for this since it was my first try and they were the least fabulous to begin with, although well fitting in the bum and legs)...
Then I sewed the band to the bottom, centering the knit seam in the back. Ta da! (Feel very free to be underwhelmed by the photos... I was not in the mood for modelling and, for some now-unknown reason, my kitchen floor seemed like a good background. Forgive me. It was a looong day in the non-crafty part of my life.)