|Super comfortable skirt|
I figured I'd rent a sewing machine for a week or something once we arrived in Melbourne.
In Brisbane I was at a bit of a loose end during the day - our hosts were working/in school and Mr Duncan was also working all day from a little desk in our guest room. While we were there, another friend gave me a few hand me downs in anticipation of my growing form so I took the opportunity to blow the dust off the eldest daughter's sewing machine (she's at university in Canada) and set to the task of making some maternity alterations.
I altered my cargo pants as previously planned following these extremely easy-to-follow instructions for maternity pants. The waistband turned out to be fairly loose - still okay as the elastic in the original hem holds them up, and they'll fit perfectly once I start getting bigger and wearing the waistband unfolded, but I decided I needed to use something much tighter for the waistband for my denim skirt conversion.
I had a look around the local charity shops and found the perfect thing for just two dollars which is a lot less than buying the fabric. It was very tight on me and two-way stretchy, without a seam. I fell across a pair of commercially made maternity jeans in the same shop which fit me perfectly so I snapped them up for ten dollars as well. I altered these using the same method.
|Before: skirt and way-too-tight tank top|
I had some of the tank-top fabric left over, so I doubled it over and used it to make a waistband and turn a comfortable old dress (which had become too frayed and out of shape to wear) into a skirt.
|Gather and pin to the new waistband|
|Floaty skirt with room to grow|
|Amazing what one piece of elastic can do|
Instead I adapted the Deep Vee Nursing Tunic tutorial and simply gave it a princess waistline by using elastic to gather in the fullness.
|Ready to grow into|
Some of the pics of me in the altered clothing show a bit of a bump (though mostly just bloating at 12 weeks) so I've put them here.
These items will do me for now, indeed I practically live in that denim skirt, but when my sewing machine arrives I have plans for some more alterations to accommodate a larger belly.