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I can make that maternity pants from any used pants

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The other day I found it was uncomfortable to wear the non-maternity regular pants or the maternity pants I wore during the previous pregnancy, which makes sense since the previous pregnancy was from winter to summer, this one is going to be from summer to winter. So I went to the store and tried some maternity pants, found one that's comfortable for $35, plus tax it'll be $36 something. I ended up hanging them back on the rack: Pffft, I could totally make many of those from the pants I already have. 

 

 

So let’s get to it.

 
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Step 1: Select a pair of pants

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The rule is not to use a pair of pants that fit you tightly already before your pregnancy or use a pair of pants you still love and make them into something you are going to wear at most 8 (if you are already a couple of months along) to 10 months. First I decided to start with a pair of pants I usually don't wear because they fit me looser than I like, they don't have any belt tabs so the pants hang low on my hip which isn't my style.  

With the success at my first try, I quickly decided to modify two pairs of pants I wore during my previous pregnancy. They have thick and short bands which I found not comfortable at all. I can’t believe how they have worked previously. So I removed the thick elastic bands and replaced with tall bands of soft knit fabric which covers the whole bump just like the pants I tried in store.

So in one afternoon of a weekend, I changed from having zero pairs of comfortable maternity pants to having 3 pairs.

Another good thing about the maternity pants with stretch band that covers the whole bump is it smoothes out the bump. With a loose fitting shirt on top, it prevents you from spilling the beans before your pregnancy is well established and you are ready to make the announcement. Of course, I spill the beans here by posting this Instructables before I'll make announcement off internet.

lot2sew13 days ago

I used your directions to convert 2 pair of army fatigue pants into maternity pants for my daughter-in-law to help protect her from deer ticks during a 2-week forestry project in the woods this spring. They turned out great! She says they are the most comfortable maternity pants she owns. Thanks for your great directions.

babybayrs (author)  lot2sew11 days ago

You're welcome. Great news! Thanks for taking time to comment.

lot2sew13 days ago
cnash9621 year ago
This is a wonderful idea. Could you also use an old T shirt instead of buying the fabric?
babybayrs (author)  cnash9621 year ago
Definitely if the t shirt hasn't been worn so the fabric is in good quality. You may end up with one center back seam and two side seams if you use a t shirt instead of just one center back seam if you use new fabric from a store.
shazni1 year ago
This is really nice...it would even help over weight people... I shall show this to my mum... As we run a baby and mom shop :-) ...
So when are you due? Hope you have an easy and safe pregnancy ! :-)
babybayrs (author)  shazni1 year ago
We thought the same thing. I think if people who have maternity resembling belly bump wear similar pants that smooth their bump, they'll be less likely to get embarrassing congratulations.
I still have a long way to go, till the middle or late Feb. There is no novelty in it second time around. Ten month is kind of long. I really need some goals these days.