big tee to maternity tee refashion

Time for another maternity refashion.  I found this blue t-shirt on clearance at Target for $1.50 (sorry there's no "before" photo).  It was about two sizes larger than I would buy pre-pregnancy, which was perfect for the refashion.

All I did was add 1/4" elastic to both side seams.  I started just below the bust, secured the elastic with a few stitches, and then stretched the elastic as I sewed down the seam using a zig-zag stitch (the more you stretch the elastic, the more gathered the fabric will be).  I stopped the elastic about 1/2" above the bottom hem of the shirt.

Here's what it looks like from the inside (not my tidiest work, but oh well):


Very easy!  You still have plenty of room for the growing bump, and don't have to wear a tent.  Hurray for that.

81 comments:

Melanie said...

Super cute idea. I didn't know it was called "ruching" or whatever you would say!
Smart idea.
Oh, where in CA do you live? My husband's job is relocating to Irvine and I'm a little nervous it will be tooooooo expensive to live there. Is California all right? I know you moved from out east, so it might not have been a big deal for you, but I'm sweating bullets!

michelle said...

Super cute idea, Jill! You are sooooo clever.

Amber W. said...

I love this! I'm not pregnant, but I will definitely bookmark this idea for next time. My sister is pregnant, though. I'll have to pass this on to her!

Mom Jeans and Minivans said...

I am going to have to bookmark this one. I can't stand wearing the "tents" but with my first two I've found it inevitable.

Emily said...

Awesome! Great job and I love the color. Thanks for sharing.

PinkLady said...

That looks great. I'll have to remember it for when I'm next pregnant! Cute little bump too! xx

Meredith said...

Great idea!!!! Thanks for sharing!

The Oxford Family said...

That turned out great! Thanks for the tips!

EvaMarieva said...

I love these posts. Thanks!

Sweetie Pie Bakery said...

@Melanie-I don't live in California but some of our best friends moved out there (from the Chicagoland area) and actually live in Irvine. They pay about $2,000/mo. for rent for something that would cost about $1,000/mo. here. Things seemed very expensive to me even at the grocery store. It's the area! They are actually looking to relocate to AZ in the next year or so because it's SO much cheaper there! Just thought I'd throw my two cents in ;)

Heather said...

You're rad!!! The End.

Molly said...

I had that same idea about a week ago, but I wasn't sure how to go about it. Thanks for the how-to!

Laney said...

Very smart (and cute) idea!

Lettie said...

Love it. I am hating most of my (hand me down) maternity clothes from the first 2 kids, and this is a great way to freshen things up.
Thanks!

Jill said...

Thanks, friends!

Melanie - I'll email you about CA cost of living.

Devil Dog Momma said...

I only have a few weeks left incubating baby number 3 but when it's time to carry baby number 4 I am definitly making over my maternity wardrobe with the tips you have provided. Great work!

Brooke said...

As I read this I keep looking at the tent I am currently wearing! Thank you so much for all your ideas...I need them!

Travis'wife said...

This is awesome!! I'm wearing a rather large maternity shirt right now that is a tent on me, and now I can fix this today!!

Thanks!!

Chris said...

Adorable. Too bad I didn't run across this two years ago! :)

Jessica said...

What a great idea! You saved about $40 doing that! Wish I'd thought of that when I was pregnant!

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

this is awesome! i must remember to come back to this if I ever decide to try for #3!

sue said...

I love this idea!!!

Jan said...

I LOVE this!!! My favorite maternity shirts were the ones with the ruched sides. They always looked the most flattering on me. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing how you created yours!

Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

awesome!

Anonymous said...

adorable

Katie said...

That is so cute! And so simple! Thanks for the instructions. Oh, and congrats on having a girl! How exciting!

Maman Tattoo said...

This is an idea I'm going to steal! I have 17 weeks done and I could use "new" shirt, since I was tired of my maternity ones some weeks before giving birth to the first :P
Would it work even with no zig-zag? I have a very old Singer that only do back and forth...

Deanna said...

YAYYYY! No more tent shirts! I bought about 7 maternity t-shirt, same style, just different colors with my first pregnancy 7 years ago...still wearing them the third time around, the darn things wont wear out! LOL! Now I know what to do with them! THANK YOU!!!!! SO VERY MUCH!!!

The Cowgill Family said...

Did you have to take in the sleeves too? When ever I buy a bigger top to fit my curvey belly ( when I was prego and now with my post baby belly and hips) the sleeves seem really big odd looking.

Kirsten W. said...

wow! thanks for this idea! I'm going to try it on a big shirt I already own (I'm just getting to my 3rd trimester).

Erin said...

cute! you have an adorable baby bump!

Miz Dinah said...

Way to go, yummy mummy! Great work!

Red said...

Great idea! And what a good deal. Maternity clothes are soooo expensive.

ghislaine said...

What a great idea! I am 29 weeks pregnant now and am desperate need of a wardrobe fix. This is a great quick and easy project :).

Anonymous said...

thank you so much! i was trying to figure out how to do this since I just couldn't get myself to pay $29 for a similar shirt yesterday and the regular shirts I bought are still too big. Now if only I had some energy:)

casserole said...

Awesome maternity shirt!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-quick-maternity-shirt-from-a-large-t-shirt/2010/03/02/

--Anne

Allison and Ben Brandt said...

thanks so much for posting this, i thought that was how you do that but wasn't sure, i recently bought a non preggo shirt that was like this

joolee said...

yay! this is what i've been wanting to do with a couple larger, unfitted maternity shirts that i have. thanks! btw, when are you due? you look fabulous!

Michael and Rachelle said...

Love this post and the last about maternity clothes. I am on # 6 and really don't want to buy new clothes but really want to look cute. Thanks so much for helping us pregos look better while we feel huge and save money. I love your blog!

Amanda said...

That's a great idea. I didn't know at first if you had used elastic thread. This is so easy, thanks.

Mauri said...

I just bought a couple of shirts like this at Motherhood and I thought, I can do that! Thanks for the tutorial!

Joanne said...

I think this would be cute for non-pregnant women, too – add some styling to a regular t-shirt.

Sew Much Ado said...

That is SO cute and SO smart! I love it.

e_donaldson said...

love your design! thanks so much for sharing :)

- Miss Imagination

Annie said...

Thank you for sharing your fabulous idea!

chelsea said...

Pure genius, I will have to remember this if I get pregnant again. Thanks for sharing!

Paula said...

so was this just a normal t-shirt or was it a maternity shirt? If it was a normal shirt, why aren't the shoulders huge on you?

Jill said...

I used a normal women's fitted t-shirt (target brand), not maternity. When I tried it on pre-refashion, it fit well in the top, but was extra long and much wider than a typical shirt I would wear. I didn't do anything to the shoulders or sleeves, because they already fit well.

If you were to do this with a very large t-shirt or a men's t-shirt, I'm guessing you'd have to alter the sleeves.

Rachelle said...

I just gave you an award on my blog that should be named after you--you're so darn creative! Thanks for your amazing talent. Come pick up your award.

Little Birdie Secrets said...

You are a genius, Jill! I have three sisters-in-law who are pregnant and I'm going to have to make them each one! Congrats, by the way!

Sandee said...

rock on! as soon as the opportunity presents itself *winkwink* i'll be sporting a refashioned tee! keep the good ideas coming! :)

luvinthemommyhood said...

Love the tute, so I had to add it to our "link luv roundup" this week! FAB refashion!!! http://bit.ly/d8hv9k

p.s. you look gorgeous, love the belly!

mkchilds said...

You are my hero! Great idea!

Andrea said...

Great idea! I love doing this on my daughter's sleeves when they are too long. Great idea to turn a large shirt into a maternity shirt. Were the neck and sleeves too big still? They look fine in the picture.

Michelle said...

How creative to just make this for yourself! I might give that a try next time I have a bump! :)

*MICHELLE CAUDLE* said...

Genius! I have a couple shirts like this that I bought at Ross and they are my FAVORITE... now I know how to make my own (someday when I need them again!!)

Nic said...

I have to say that I LOVE this idea. I'm not a great sewer at all, but I think this is one I could actually do. Now I just need to get pregnant. :)

carina said...

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Thanks,
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Miss Sews-it-all said...

This is sweet! Great idea! I did a t-shirt maternity makeover when I was pregnant, but I like yours better! Find mine here:http://www.berninausablog.com/read/t-shirt-makeover-tutorial

BJ_Mama said...

OH< WONDERFUL!!! I need to do this with a few Tees, now! Thanks!

Galimamphigouri said...

It's a good idea!
That reminds me the ones I did 4 years before when I was pregnant. I 've just written a post on my blog (and I put a link to your post).

Brooke said...

Thanks!
I was wondering if I could turn my big T's into this!!!! I had a MUCH harder plan in mind!

Phoenix Rising said...

It's THAT easy?! I'm going to get pregnant just so I can do this!

Yasmel said...

I did not know you were preg. Congratulations. I cannot wait to see all the cute things you will do for a girl. Get ready, they turn out expensive IMO lol

Joy said...

I used this idea and turned one of my too tight tees into a cute shirt for my daughter. Thanks for another great idea! I linked to you here

http://mommaskindacrafty.blogspot.com/2010/03/refashion-my-shirt-to-hers.html

Jessica said...

I love this idea!! I always wanted to do this, but never had the motivation when I was pregnant! Maybe I'll make one now for next time :) SO adorable!

Jessica

www.sublte-tee.blogspot.com

Mrs. P said...

omg I love this idea I am going to go get to work right now xoxoxox

Terri Peters said...

I just did this with two ribbed tank tops I picked up for $2 each at WalMart this morning. Definitely beats the $25 for the same top at the maternity store!

Thanks, you're awesome!

Collections from my Heart said...

This is an awsome idea! thanks so much for sharing! I wish I would have that tip when I was pregnant... oh well next one! hehehe

Amandiiine said...

Great idea ! :-)

Kimberlee said...

I linked back to this post on my To-Do List for my T-shirt refashion project.
~Kimberlee
www.thespunkydiva.blogspot.com

Anne said...

I love this idea! When I was pregnant with my son it was so difficult for me to find shirts that weren't tents, especially toward the end when NOTHING seems to fit over that bump but a humongous shirt! Good thing to keep in mind for when I have the next one!! :o)

Linda said...

If the shirt is too wide and droopy looking at the top, try adding elastic to the shoulder seam from the neck to the sleeve.

Anonymous said...

Just found out I'm pregnant and money is an issue so thank god for people like you!!

Donna Close said...

I used this idea to make a 4th of July shirt for my daughter. She's almost 6 months into her first pregnancy. I bought a women's XL red, white and blue tie dyed tank from Walmart for $3.00. My daughter usually wears a size 6. I sewed elastic in the side seams as you did but also added it to the armholes just over the shoulder from front to back to take up the slack in the larger armholes. I tried it on myself and found that the neckline gapped a bit so I added elastic from over the breast on one side in the front, over the shoulder and to about the corresponding place in the back. Did the same on the other side. Looks like it will be darling on her. She lives out of town and will have to try it in this week end when she visits.

Jo Anna said...

I LOVE this idea! I have the perfect shirt for this! When i was pregnant the first time I had a blue TENT that I had bought online from a maternity department. It was so terrible I never wore it. This is going to make it actually usable for this baby!! Thank you so much!

Jennifer M said...

Just a simple question do you know about how much elastic you used each side. I have a friend that is pregnant and kinda short on funds thought i would hit the second hand stores for some shirts....

homemade by jill said...

Jennifer M - I don't know how much elastic I used because I didn't cut it before I sewed. I started it just below the bust and then stretched it down as far as I wanted it to go, sewing along the way.

Anonymous said...

Wow, really good idea.
I'm pregnant and on a tight budget, so this is going to save me a lot of money.
Thank u!!
Laura

another Jill said...

Thank you! Having an impossible time finding petite maternity shirts let alone ones that are not super tight and too big in the shoulders. Now I have a plan of attack for modifying to make my own!

James Reed said...

Very good information.thanks for sharing