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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ruched Maternity Shirt

Have you joined the party yet?!  We'd love to have you!  :)
Remember this post
DIY Maternity Jeans 2
Well, here’s the tutorial for the shirt.  Now you can have a completely comfy and “new” maternity outfit!
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Meet Alison...again.  She is having baby #3 (a girl) in a few months, and she is going to let me love and snuggle on her baby whenever I want.  Right, Alison?!  ;)
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Anyway, I got about a million tee shirts off the $1 clearance rack at Walmart.  This tute features 1 1/2 of those shirts.  Here we go.
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Start with two shirts that are a bit too big for you.  The pink shirt wasn’t going to be long enough on it’s own, so I added some length with the grey one.
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Measure and cut the length you want the “layered” part of the shirt.  I used the other part of the shirt for another clothing refashion cardigan.  Save those scraps!  You never know when they’ll come in handy!  :)
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Line the grey band up with the hem of the shirt.
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Pin it down and stitch it into place.  I used my double needle with matching thread so that my seams wouldn’t be noticeable.
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See?  Now it’s time to do the ruched side seams.  You could do this with 1/4 inch elastic, but I didn’t have any.  I used elastic thread and shirred it.  I{heart}shirring. 
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Wind your bobbin with elastic thread by hand.  Don’t stretch it.
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Put the bobbin in the machine the way you normally would.
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Select a straight stitch, but lengthen it a bit.  Use a top thread that will blend into the shirt.  Start sewing!
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I pinned how high I wanted to sew, and again by the hem so that I’d know when to turn it around.  I did four rows of shirring on both sides of the shirt.  (Sorry about the lighting at my sewing machine…) 
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See?  I didn’t shirr the grey part of the shirt because I had pinkish thread in my machine.  I rethreaded it with grey and shirred the grey band on both sides.
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I only shirred to the pink hem.
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Here’s what the shirring looked like when I was finished.
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It looks MUCH cuter on…
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The ruched side seams will give you more room for your expanding tummy.
Now you have another way to make your non-maternity wardrobe work for your pregnancy!
…and you’ll be able to by new clothes when you’ve got your little bundle of joy in your arms; not your belly!  :)
P.S.  Thanks for being my model, Alison!
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  1. CUTE!!! I wish I could sew good!! I can do a straight line but that is it, nothing fancy!!! Newest follower, and excited to get to know a Utah blogger!! Where in Utah are you? There are a lot of Seeley's around. My husbands family came from Sanpete County!!!

  2. Thank you so much for this. I am brand new to sewing, as in I JUST got my first machine for Christmas this week. I watched the DVD on how to use it today. I am so glad that you included exactly what settings to put the machine on when sewing. That's really helpful.

    I have one question. When you said you did 4 rows of shearing on both sides of the shirt do you mean you went up and down the fabric 4 times so that there would be 4 rows of stitching?

    I'm doing your maternity pants first, except I'm doing it on a skirt. I hope it comes out well, it will be my first project. Thank you for your site. I will be browsing the rest of it :)

    1. Yes, I went up and down the fabric four times so there are four rows of shirring.

      Hooray for a new sewing machine and for learning a new skill! That's so fun!

      Let us know how your sewing projects turn out! Are you having a baby? I'm assuming, since you're making a maternity skirt and shirt... Congratulations!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! :)


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