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19 Maternity Pieces You Can DIY
If you are currently or ever have been pregnant, you know what a nightmare it can be to get dressed. Maternity clothing is expensive, it doesn’t always fit correctly, and you know you’ll only be wearing it for a finite period of time, so it’s not exactly investment clothing.
But most of us don’t have a lot of other options — it’s not like you can just choose to opt out of maternity clothing (unless you are one of those very lucky few who can make your regular clothing work the entire pregnancy with only the help of a rubber band).
Fortunately, the Internet is bursting with ideas for ways to make your own maternity clothing, whether out of pieces you already own or something in a larger size snatched up at the thrift store and altered to fit your pregnant belly.
Here are 19 fantastic pieces you can make yourself, ranging from jeans to dresses, skirts to shorts:
DIY Maternity Jeans
Make a pair of cheap maternity jeans (I like the ones from Forever 21 because they’re $10 and really stretchy). I wore these all through my last trimester.
Stretchy Pencil Skirt
I bought a stretchy pencil skirt when I was pregnant and I wore it at least weekly. Next time, I’m making a whole slew of them!
Countdown Calendar Shirt
How clever is this fun shirt? Makes for GREAT weekly photos and it’s easy to make your own.
Apron-Style Lace Top
This pretty top is great for layering, plus lace is hugely popular right now!
Ruffled Belly Band
As your belly gets bigger, it’s harder and harder for your shirts to keep it covered. Bridge the gap with this cute ruffled belly band.
Stretchy Pocket Pants
Replacing just the tops of the pockets with elastic means your favorite jeans can fit you through your pregnancy. Brilliant!
A simple stretchy tunic is great for all seasons.
These are fun in a great pattern or in basic black or navy. And they are like wearing jammies all day.
Regular shirt to Maternity Shirt
Turn a regular long shirt into a ruched shirt for a more flattering look (avoid the tent!).
Maternity Wrap Dress
This cute dress is perfect alone when it’s hot, and easy to make work in cooler months with a sweater or jacket.
Replacing the waistband with a belly band makes any pair of shorts easy to wear throughout your pregancy
Turn a long-sleeve plain t-shirt into a short-sleeved embellished top. So cute.
I wasn’t a fan of maxi skirts until my second pregnancy. And then I saw the light – they are life-savers! Make your own with this easy tutorial.
Can you believe you can make this tunic in only 10 minutes? And it’s SO flattering!
Maxi Dress and Swimsuit Cover-up
If you’re lucky to still have beach or pool weather, this maxi dress will keep you and your bump covered. If you’ve already put away the swimsuits, wear it as a regular dress instead!
Two-Shirt Maternity Top
Made from two too-short tops, this is perfect for giving items new life.