Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Maternity Skirt Alterations

I recently bought a maternity skirt from NewCreation Apparel, and while it's a really cute style, the elastic on the maternity band was too tight. Well, maybe not too tight if the skirt is worn above the belly, but that just feels weird to me. So, what's a girl to do? Fix it to the way she wants of course!

Here's a before picture of the maternity band. Notice the cute pockets just under it. In order to make sure the band is well covered most of the pockets have to be covered too. A bit of a bad design there, huh?

Okay, so the first thing I did was to cut off the elastic band leaving a bit of selvage to it for another project I have in mind, then to serge the skirt part of the band with the serger I'm still borrowing from my MIL.

For the new waistband, I used half inch elastic because I figured it would be more comfortable. Plus, that was all the room I had on the back of the skirt! For inserting the elastic into the casing I got a sudden inspiration to try something I'd never thought of before. I cut the end of the elastic to a point. You wouldn't believe how much easier it was to slide it through that lightweight jersey!! I know, you're probably thinking, "Well, of course! I've been doing that all along." I guess I'm a slow learner. ;-)

I can't believe I forgot to take an after picture of the new waistband! But here's one of me wearing a much more comfortable maternity skirt. :-)