DIY Jean Alteration: From Bootcut to Skinny or Straight!

diy jean alteration

Today I’m sharing an easy tutorial on how to alter your jeans from bootcut or flared to straight or skinny! I picked up this pair of Seven For All Mankind jeans for $7.50 at Value Village. I loved the way they fit in the top, but they were too long, and I didn’t like the flair. Once you learn how to taper jeans, it’s easy to create your new favorite pair of denim! [Read more…]

Nursing Friendly Maxi Dress

Nursing Friendly Maxi Dress

One of my favorite things about knowing how to sew is that it can solve problems. I’m a fairly boring and practical person, so if sewing can fix a problem for me or make something easier, I’m all for it! I’ve been frustrated with the lack of nursing friendly dresses in my closet lately, and finally decided to make a maxi dress that would still be easy to nurse Hattie while wearing. [Read more…]

The Knocked Up Seafarer

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During the first and second trimesters of this pregnancy, my Seafarers were definitely my most worn tops. They were roomy enough for my growing belly, and the long length was great. However, now that I’m in the third trimester, I thought it would be a good time to make a few adjustments to the original pattern to make the perfect maternity top!

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I bought the knit at Mood Fabrics last spring during Fabric Weekend, and it was fun to finally use it! I think I might even have just enough leftover to squeak out a top for Lola.

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Here’s a quick run down of the changes I made…

I cut my normal size medium for the top half, and tapered the side seams out to a large for the bottom half. I could have given myself even more room, but that’s the great thing about sewing with knits – the stretch is so forgiving!

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I also added an inch to the front hem (of the main body, not the waistband), curving down from the bottom of each side seam. The extra length should be plenty to get me through to the end of this pregnancy which will be nice.

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I ended up adding a bow out of the same fabric along the neckline after seam ripping a dang hole into the top. So frustrating, but in the end I liked the little bit of subtle detail that it added.

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Now I just need to make myself a few more of these. I have plenty of maternity shirts, but since this is my fourth baby, I think I’m just sick of them after wearing them so much. Know the feeling? Anyway, hope you have a happy Monday!

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DIY Maternity Jeans

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 If you don’t follow me on Instagram (@sewmuchado), you may be surprised to see the photo above, but it’s me! Yep, number four is on the way and due at the end of March. We find out the gender today, and I can’t wait! I’ll be sure to keep you all posted :).

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I spent the other evening in a maternity store, trying on every pair of maternity jeans that they have. Most of the maternity jeans I already have fit best later on in pregnancy, and I was sick of feeling frumpy in my regular jeans. I came home with one pair, but wasn’t thrilled with them. I was even less thrilled when I tried them on again at home.

The next morning I woke up and had another look through my closet and bin of maternity clothes. I came across a pair of jeans that I always liked, but had a broken zipper, and then it dawned on me that I should use them to make my own maternity jeans.

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I grabbed a pair of old maternity jeans that I had been given from my sister (who had been given them by her sister-in-law, lol), that were not exactly in style anymore, but had a band that I liked. I cut the waistband off as close to where it was sewn to the jeans as I could, and took it in quite a bit on one side so it would be snug enough on my mid-pregnancy belly to hold my jeans up. If you don’t have a pair of maternity jeans that you can steal a band from, you could use a belly band, or make your own with knit fabric. If making your own, make sure to add the curve for the front of the jeans when you cut it out, and I’d also recommend using knit with lycra or spandex in it. Without the lycra or spandex, the knit will likely stretch out and you’ll have issues keeping your pants up :).

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Next I cut the waistband of the jeans off, right under the waistband on the back, and dipping down into a curve in the front. I then stitched around the top, securing the pockets and belt loops to the top raw edge where I had cut.

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Right sides together, I pinned the band to the top of the jeans, adjusting so that the band would evenly stretch around the entire top of the jeans. I used a zigzag stitch to stitch them together, and they were done!

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The transformation literally took about 20 minutes from start to finish, and these are the best mid-pregnancy jeans I’ve had yet out of all my pregnancies. The band holds the jeans up well without me having to constantly adjust them, and the jeans themselves are comfortable. The best part is that they actually look like regular jeans rather than maternity jeans (because they are!), which makes me love wearing them even more.

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The top above is one of my Seafarer Tops – they’ve been so great so far with pregnancy, and I’ll be posting a tutorial soon on how to alter the pattern for a full belly! Stay tuned for some fun posts this week, including a book review and a fabric giveaway! Hope you have a happy Monday!

Pattern Blocked Top: Sewing the Trends

I’m so excited to be part of Sew Country Chick’s Sewing the Trends series today! I was lucky enough to hang out with Justine at Fabric Weekend, and she was so much fun in person. She is truly a creative soul, and I admire that about her so much!
There are so many fun trends right now, from bright neon colors to leather, but I eventually decided to make a project that takes advantage of the pattern blocking trend.
Haven’t heard of pattern blocking? Think color blocking but mixing patterns instead of color. I used the Seafarer Top Pattern as my starting point, but any basic knit top pattern would work!
My inspiration came from the Macaron Dress from Collette Patterns – I love the faux sweetheart yoke. Isn’t it cute?! I’ve wanted to make the dress for what seems like forever, but between being pregnant and nursing babies, I haven’t found the right time. I thought it would be fun to incorporate a similar yoke into a comfy, loose fitting top, and am really happy with how it turned out.
To pattern block, I used some leftover shimmery polka dotted knit that I also used for Lola’s top, and mixed it with a teal and grey striped knit. The polka dots were a Jo-Ann clearance aisle find, and the stripes are from Girl Charlee.
First I’m going to give you a quick run down on how I made the top, and then I’ll show some different styling options. I often hear that other’s are intimidated by color blocking and pattern blocking, but it can be so easy and fun to wear!
To adjust the pattern for the new top yoke, I cut out the front and back bodice pattern pieces and first drew the sweetheart shape I wanted for the front yoke.

I then drew a straight line across the back piece, making sure that the line would match up with the front piece at the sleeve.

Next, I cut along my drafted lines and cut out the front and back pieces, adding 1/2″ for seam allowance along each edge where the pattern was split.

Once my pieces were cut, I stitched the top and bottom pieces together (it was helpful to use a lot of pins and a walking foot). After topstitching, I assembled the rest of the top as normal.

I liked both prints on their own, but I think I actually like them both a whole lot more when they’re together! Oh synergy…
And since we’re talking trends today, I also wanted to share a few ways to style the top.
First, how I’ll probably wear the top most often – a casual look with a military jacket. With flats and shorts, it’s simple to wear and easy to put together for everyday while not looking frumpy.
Another option is to take the pattern blocking up a notch and pair it with yet another pattern! I love the floral mixed with the polka dots and stripes.
You can also add a belt over the patterned cardigan to change the look up a bit.
If you don’t have the perfect patterned cardigan, try styling your top with a solid cardigan. I like how the scalloped trim on this orange cardi adds texture to the outfit.
Whichever way I wear this top, I love that it’s easy and comfortable to wear, but still unique and on trend. My favorite kind of clothing :). Thanks for reading!
Make sure to follow along with the rest of the Sewing The Trends series!
Mon June 17 Bethany from Lil’ Bit & Nan
Tues Jun 18 Marie from A Stitching Odyssey 
Wed June 19 Shannon from Little Kids Grow 
Thurs June 20Melissa from I Still Love You
Fri June 21Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings
Mon June 24 Abby from Sew Much Ado
Tues June 25  Stacey from  Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts!
Wed June 26 Mercedes from Aventuras de Costuras
Thurs June 27 Mie from Sewing Like Mad 
Fri June 28 Alida from Alida Makes