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Save money while creating a unique look.
Pregnancy does not have to mean frumpy. You can still be cute with a bump.
Maternity clothes do not have to cost a fortune, especially when you make them yourself.
Your husband’s old button-ups can find a new purpose when you’re expecting.
It is true that having a baby can be expensive, but there are plenty of ways to cut costs. One of them is by making your own maternity clothes. Here are seven ways to do just that:
1. Put ruching to work for you
If you, your husband, or your best friend have some shirts that can be sacrificed for the greater good, you are in great shape. Simply gather the sides with elastic to form-fit the top. If your hubby has old button-ups, you can ruche the front just over your bump.
2. Expand the skinny jeans
Skinny jeans do not have to stay skinny, at least not in the waist. You can easily make them into maternity jeans by cutting the side seam from the waist to about two inches, or more if you need to. Sew a piece of elastic in to hold the sides together.
While you are pregnant, the sides will stretch to accommodate your body. After your baby is born, you can take the elastic off and sew the seams back together.
When your favorite jeans just will not close all the way, leave them unbuttoned and cover them with a belly band. You can purchase one, of course, but you could also use a stretchy headband.
3. Stretchy knit is your friend
Stretchy knit fabric not only gives a pregnant woman space to breathe and grow. It also hugs the curves to give you a little ego boost. Long, stretchy knit skirts can be pulled up and used as strapless dresses. Stretchy knit shirts are also excellent undershirts for tops that have gotten a little too short.
4. Add a belly band
Belly bands can be a pregnant girl’s best friend. When your favorite jeans just will not close all the way, leave them unbuttoned and cover them with a belly band. You can purchase one, of course, but you could also use a stretchy headband. Just be sure it is stretchy enough to circle your body without being too tight.
5. Sew a border onto your favorite shirt
If you have a favorite shirt that you just have to wear while you are pregnant that is a little short, you can still make it work. Of course, you can just add an undershirt to cover the exposed skin, but you might also consider adding a border.
Simply pick another piece of fabric that you like, cut it wide enough to go around your body and a few inches tall. Sew the fabric onto the bottom of your favorite shirt for a cute and unique clothing item.
6. Wear your flowy tops
Chances are that you or someone you know has some pretty, flowy tops in your closets that you normally pair with cute leggings. These make perfect maternity shirts as they are roomy and very cute.
7. Over-sized dresses
You can also take a look at the thrift stores for dresses that are too big for you. You can either add ruching to them to make them more form-fitting, or you add a belt, thin rope, or ribbon on top of your bump.
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