How to make maternity pants from ordinary pants

When the day comes that you find out you’ll be needing maternity pants don’t run out and spend tons of money on new stuff. Do some simple alterations to some of the items that are already in your closet and you’ll be guaranteed a great look at minimal cost.

Select a few pair of pants or jeans from your wardrobe and take note of the colors. At a fabric department choose colors of material that will match somewhat. Exact matches are not necessary but dark blue pants will require dark blue cloth. Look for super-stretchy fabrics which are very lightweight and feel comfortable to the touch. A half-yard will easily do the panel of most pants.

Set your machine up to sew stretch material. Lay the pants on a table. It doesn’t matter if the pants have a zipper or not. From the crotch area draw a chalk line to each side seam. Cut from the waistline at the side seam down to the chalk line. Make sure to leave about an inch of fabric next to the side seam. Cut across to the opposite side and cut up to the waistband.

Remove the panel and take the stitches out of the waistband. Cut the same shape and size of the panel onto the new fabric. Add a small amount for larger seams if need be and trim after sewing. Since the elastic in the waist of the maternity panel will be one inch wide allow less or extra fabric according to the type of waistband that was previously on the pants. For instance, if the pants had a half-inch piece of elastic previously allow extra material for the one-inch elastic now.

Place the elastic in the waistband of the fabric turning the edge of the fabric over the top of the elastic by a half -inch. Now turn the elastic over along with the half-inch fabric. This will cover the elastic. Sew down the elastic right next to the edge. Be sure and catch the fabric as well as the elastic, pulling gently as you sew. After sewing down the length of the elastic remove from machine and sew the opposite edge, tugging gently at the elastic during stitching. If you want you can sew the elastic one more time, in the center.

Turn the pants wrong side outwards and align the panel. Pin if necessary. Begin at the waist edge. Sew a couple of stitches and then back-tack. Sew down the side seam. Stop about a half-inch away from the corner. Turn the corner and sew across the front. Again, stop about a half-inch from the corner. Turn the corner then sew up the other side seam. Back-tack. Sewing in this manner will leave a line that runs next to the side seam. To omit this cut the panel from the original pants, right next to the side seam. Pin the new panel in place and top stitch down the side seam keeping with the existing stitch work. Sew across the front then up the side, staying in the existing stitch work.

It’s a little more difficult to replace the original panel than it was to take it out and sew in the stretch panel. If the pants had a little room in them you can stitch it back on using a mere eighth-inch seam but sewing it twice. You’ll only be able to wear the pants with long shirts since the replacement is very noticeable. If you can’t spare the missing inches you can also stitch an inch-wide piece of fabric into the panel area before reattaching the original panel. Depending upon how well done the job is you may be able to wear these with shirts tucked.

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