Here is my basic “how-to” on making a maternity shirt (or regular shirt) out of a long skirt.
I started with this mid-calf- length skirt that I got years ago and no longer wear (the truth is that I still like it but just because I can still get it on doesn’t mean it “fits”).
I don’t remember exactly what it was made out of, but it was quite stretchy and it had an elastic waist. I laid the skirt out flat, and found a cotton shirt that I wanted to use as a rough guide in making pattern pieces for the maternity shirt.
Now for the easy part: I matched up the shirt front and back with right sides facing each other, pinned them together, and sewed the shoulder seams and up the sides of the shirt. Then I pinned the sleeves in place and sewed each of them in. For the neckline, I initially just folded the fabric over and sewed it, but it didn’t look good, and felt too flimsy, so I cut a sort of “facing” from some stiffer black fabric I had, sewing right sides together, then folding it behind the shirt and top-stitching. The photo below is what the neckline looks like from inside the shirt.
Here is the neckline from the outside of the shirt. I felt like the front needed a little more detail, so I used some of the scraps of fabric I had left to make little ruffles. I basted up each strip, pulling on one thread to gather the material, then I pinned and sewed the ruffles in place. It’s kind of hard to see in the picture, but I think it gives some depth to the shirt.
And that’s it! Embellish and tailor to fit your preferences and your body type, and you have a brand new shirt that didn’t cost a thing to make!
Note: I opted for a basic how-to rather than a detailed, step by step tutorial because, quite frankly, I forget to take pictures of every step. However, if there is an interest, I can certainly add more detail- and please feel free to email or comment if you have questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them!