Saturday, February 12, 2011

DIY Maternity Jeans Pre-Tutorial

Ok, so whoever it was that said you "blossom" faster with each pregnancy...they weren't kidding!!!

Here's me at 4 weeks:

And at 6 1/2 weeks:

I am now 7 1/2 weeks and can zip my pants up most of the way but there is no way they are getting buttoned without cutting off some serious blood flow! So I've been pulling back out my beloved bella band.

On a side note...I have a similar maternity store brand band from my first pregnancy, but silly people call it a one size. Yeah right, you think "one size will fit most" pregnant women from 3-9 months?!! You've got to be out of your mind!! It was way too small not very far into my second pregnancy and I am not a big girl by any means. So I am very happy I bought a bella band last time around because it comes in SIZES! Who'd a thunk it?! It is soooo comfy!

So back to the point of this post. I love my bella band, but there are times when it's a little bit annoying. Like when I'm working in childcare at church and I'm bending over every few seconds. It has a tendency to ride up a little when you bend over, so every few bends, it's above the top of the back of my jeans. So I end up readjusting my clothes every couple minutes which gets pretty old about 15 minutes into it.

Sooooo, I'm going to make a transitional pair of maternity jeans to wear in those instances. I debated between buying a new pair of jeans to use (only one kind of jeans really fit me right, thankfully they are from Target so only $20) or cutting up one of my favorite pairs that I already have. I knew I would regret cutting up all of my jeans, after I have the baby, but I didn't want to pay full price in case I messed up or could only wear them for a very short time. I decided on a compromise. One of my favorite pairs of jeans is starting to get thinner in the butt so they are not worth saving until after I have the baby because they will only last a few months longer. I also found a pair of the jeans I like on clearance at Target the other day so I only ended up paying $13+. Two pairs of transitional jeans should be enough for now since I can still wear my other jeans when I'm not going to be bending over a lot. And once I get much bigger, I have a box of maternity clothes waiting for me from the other two pregnancies.

I will be using a mash up of these tutorials:
I have seen anything from 6" - 12" listed as the appropriate hight for your tummy panel. I say do it as big or as little as you want. Personally, I am going for a longer length since my tummy's still got a little of the mommy "fluff" going on. I like having the panel to smooth out my silhouettete. Besides, the longer size gives me the versatility to wear it high, or fold it in half for an under belly style. If you are a first time mom or just really good at keeping your tummy in shape pre-pregnancy then you might can totally get away with one of those cute under belly styles. Just keep in mind, if you're not using your belly to hold your pants up, then you're going to need to be sure your band is tight enough to hold your pants up on their own.

I will be working on these this weekend and will post the tutorial once I'm done.


Saturday, February 5, 2011