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Maternity Skirt

May 15, 2013 in Projects

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial

With summer quickly approaching and the days getting warmer, I realized that my winter maternity wardrobe wasn’t going to cut it this time. I have now vowed to live in dresses and maternity skirts to get me through these next few months! With an August due date I knew it was a must. Maternity skirts are easy to throw together and there are two different types. The above the belly (I will show you how to do that) and below the belly. Above the belly are great to mix and match with tank tops and they have more of a dress look to them. Here are the simple steps:

SUPPLIES

-Pre-washed Fabric -amount will be based on your measurements
-Extra wide elastic 1 3/4″- enough to measure around chest above your bump and below your chest
-Coordinating thread for elastic and fabric
-Baby Lock sewing machine
-pins, iron, scissors, marking pen

**make sure to iron your seams as you go for a more finished look!

Preparing Your Fabric:
1. If you already own a similar skirt, great! You can use it as your pattern. If not, you will measure the following:
-above your bump + 2 inches (this is for seam allowance and also to have a little stretch to get it over your chest when you put it on)
-around your belly at the widest point
-around your hips at the widest point
2. Divide each of those measurements by two and then add at least an inch for seam allowance or a little more if you would like your skirt to be a little loose (perfect if you are making maternity skirts early in your pregnancy).
3. Now measure from just above your bump (right below your chest) to your knee or desired length.
4 Fold fabric in half (this way you will only cut once). Mark your measurements on your fabric with a dot. Now draw a curved line through your dots, and extending your line to the length that you determined.
5. Cut your pattern out.

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial

Time to Sew!
1. Hem the top of the front and back of your two pieces. Fold raw edge under 1/4″ twice and stitch.

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial

2. Line up the top of the skirt of the front and back pieces with right side of fabric facing each other and pin. Sew along sides.

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial
3. Finish one edge of your elastic. Sew elastic band ends together to form a circle (it will be much easier to do the next step, I didn’t do this in my picture).

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial

4. Divide elastic band into four. Easiest way to do this is to pinch sides together and mark ends with a pin. Fold elastic in half again, pin to pin, and then mark the opposite end of elastic with two pins. You should have four pins equally spaced when you are finished.

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial

5. Find the middle point of the front and back of the skirt and pin the right side of elastic to the right side of fabric, lining up the pins with the mid-points and side seams of the skirt. Overlap the elastic 3/4 of the way over fabric.

6. Secure elastic to the fabric. To do this, you will stretch the elastic while keeping the fabric flat and sew from one pin to the next. This will take two hands to hold everything straight and stretch at the same time. I added two rows of stitching. I stitched around the top edge of where the fabric and elastic overlapped and I also stitched around the bottom edge of the elastic to make sure the band laid correctly.

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial

7. Try on your skirt (over your head) and make sure you like the length.

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial

8. Fold the raw edge of the bottom of the skirt over 1/4″ inch twice and stitch.

Your super cute and easy maternity skirt is finished!! The great thing about this skirt is you can find a cute print fabric or a basic black knit and then mix and match tops so it gives you lots of options!

Totally Stitchin': Easy Maternity Skirt Tutorial

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