making Maternity Jeans

Ever since getting pregnant I have dreaded shopping in the maternity section and especially shopping for maternity jeans. Even though we have come a long way in maternity wear, I still feel like it leaves a lot to be desired in the style area, not to mention the price of everything. A friend of mine suggested we make our own maternity jeans and I am SO glad that I did. Here are some pictures of the process, although I am not going to go step by step as I used someone elses tutorial which is already very thorough and easy to follow. Find the tutorial by Sew Chic here.

1 pair of awesome dark skinny jeans from forever 21 for $12
Jean needles for my sewing machine
black jersey knit
enough wide elastic to go around your lower stomach

Here I am not being able to button my jeans:
I used a chalk pencil to mark the highest point I could zip my jeans to:

and then free handed a curved line around the hips and back of the jeans:

Cut leaving a 5/8" seam allowance:

Sew your band according to directions and encasing your elastic at the bottom:

Pin right sides together and sew to jeans:

Wear them proudly and with style:

Total cost of maternity skinny jeans - $20 and about 2 hours of my time. I call that a steal.

p.s. I made these about 2 months ago and they still fit wonderfully and have held up great. I think I am going to try the same tutorial on a black pencil skirt.


  1. wow. so impressed. they look great!

  2. amazing! can't wait to get pregnant again so I can try this out! :o)

  3. Congratluations! I haven't been on the blog for a while. That is so exciting. And great tutorial.

  4. I made a pair of maternity pants too (3 pregnancies ago) and they are still some of my favorites. Yours look great. Congrats on your baby!

  5. Love this...I have been thinking about how I was planning on managing the whole maternity clothes thing. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. such a great idea! I'll have to try this if I have another baby one day.

  7. Anonymous17.1.10

    please don't hold back on the maternity conversions - it's so useful to hear good solutions that have been tried and tested!

  8. Hi,

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  9. I feel happy when I am wearing clothes which are looking good on me and covered me properly...
    Thanks for sharing with us...
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  10. yap its right discover maternity jeans collection is so typical. But now some big brands enter in this section. Maternity Jeans

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  15. Really its a good idea for women at when they pregnant they can use the maternity jeans.