I made these over the summer and still haven't worn them, so I'm sort of counting this as a failed project, but I will share it anyway. Since I was working when I was pregnant with Penny, most of my maternity wardrobe consists of work-appropriate clothing. I do have 3 pairs of maternity jeans, two of which are demi panel, and one of which is full panel. Once I hit the third trimester with Penny, I really wished I had bought more full panels and fewer demi panels. You can always fold down the full panel, but once the belly hits a certain size, I am just constantly hiking up those demis. They just do not stay up. But I can't bring myself to spend $70 on another pair of maternity jeans from the Gap. Unfortunately my freakishly long legs only allow me to shop brands that carry long. In maternity clothing, that is severely limiting. Anyway, I thought I would get crafty and try to create my own maternity jeans.
I found a pair of jeans in my size and a pair of navy stretch pants at a thrift store. I cut the waist off of both and sewed them together using a pair of maternity pants I already had as a guide. I first cut the zipper out of the jeans and sewed the fly together. It worked out okay, but I think I might need to add an extra panel of the navy stretch because the waistband is still a bit tight on the belly. I think it also might be a good idea to try this again with an old pair of my own non-maternity jeans and just use the legs of the stretch pants to fashion my own waistband. Or maybe I will have this baby before I get around to it!
Have you had any luck making your own maternity pants? Any tips for me?!