Yes, there comes a day when maternity pants are a must. That day has looong since arrived with this baby! It is truly amazing how quickly a third baby pops out. I have a mega problem with maternity pants – they are always too big. Even in the third trimester. Because maternity pants are made with the theory that your butt grows. It doesn’t work that way for me, so I decided to make my own and solve the problem!
I had originally purchased these pants on a thrifting expedition, long before I was pregnant. When I brought them home, though, I was so disappointed to find out that they fit perfectly, except for the fact that I couldn’t button them – yikes! So as maternity pants, they work really well.
Here you can see the panel – I like the under the belly panels. (And hello, 18 week belly! You are mighty large.)
By just cutting off the top of the pants, adding a jersey panel with 1 1/2 inch elastic, serging it onto the top of the pants, I have brand new maternity pants! Yay for looking cute (and being comfy) while being ginormous!
(With the next pair I make, I’ll do a full tutorial. I wanted to make sure these were actually wearable first!)
EDIT: The tutorial is up, and you can find it here!
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What a beautiful tummy!!! Love the maternity-pants idea… to bad I started with sewing only after my baby was born ;)