Maternity Shirt Tutorial

Who doesn’t love cheap maternity clothes? I know I do! Here I’m going to show you how to take a large, blah shirt and turn it into this!
Maternity Shirt Tutorial

To give you some idea of the challenge involved here, this is what we’re working with today:Maternity Shirt Tutorial
Sexy, no? Well I got it on triple clearance from good ol’ Target, I believe it was $3. It’s a size 2x.


Maternity Shirt Tutorial
First you need to try on your shirt and find the bottom of your bust line. Pin there. Then cut the entire bottom of the shirt off like so:

Maternity Shirt Tutorial
Find a tank top that is the same type of material as your shirt (or if you don’t have a tank you can take a fitted tee and fold in the sleeves). Trace around it with fabric chalk and then cut.
Maternity Shirt Tutorial
It will look like this:
Maternity Shirt Tutorial
Sew up the sides and try it on. Against my better judgement I didn’t wear a tank under this for my photo, excuse my preggo belly…
Maternity Shirt Tutorial
There will probably be a gap by the arm pit.
Maternity Shirt Tutorial
Turn the shirt inside out and put it back on. Pinch the gap and pin it, then repeat for the other side.
Maternity Shirt Tutorial
Sew a dart into the shirt following your pins.
Maternity Shirt Tutorial
Remember the bottom of the shirt you cut off earlier? Grab it and gather to top. Sew it onto the top of the shirt (right sides together). It should look like this:
Maternity Shirt Tutorial

Turn arm holes under 1/8″ and sew. I think this would make a cute non-maternity tunic as well. Don’t you?
Maternity Shirt Tutorial

71 thoughts on “Maternity Shirt Tutorial

  1. Thanks!

    Maggie, I am totally going to make a bunch of them…time to head back to Target!

    Lynette, I think you could cut down the volume of the bottom by taking 2 or 3 inches off each side and it would make a more streamlined tunic.

    Julie, thanks for your comment!

  2. I wonder how long a 2x shirt is? I’m only 5’2 and I was thinking this would make an adorable DRESS! Or a long tunic with leggings! How tall are you?

    Love and Hugs,

  3. Jess, I am 5’5”, and it hits me right below the bum. I have a long torso though. You could totally take the sleeves and make a ruffle at the bottom and make it a dress!

  4. Mands, the flower was super easy! I cut a bunch of uneven circles of 2 different colors of tee shirt fabric. I started with one about the size of a large jelly bean, and got gradually bigger until I had a circle that was about the size I wanted the flower to be. I layered them on top of each other from largest to smallest, then I hand stitched it in the very middle. I hot glued it to a piece of coordinating felt and hot glued the felt to a pin.

  5. I completely agree that this is a cute maternity and a cute non-maternity shirt!! 🙂 I got an oversized shirt on sale at Wal-Mart for $1 the other day, and I think this is how I will redo it! Fantastic job!! 🙂

  6. Very cute, I have 2 cousins that are pregnant now so I will be making these for them. One question I may have missed it somewhere but I cannot see how you did the armholes, what did you do with the armholes once you traced and cut them out, how did you finish them off.

  7. I just discovered your blog today through Ruffles and Stuff and have been poring over your old posts. You have done so many cute things, but HOLY COW! This one is pure genius! I love it!

  8. Just made this- so cute! I totally botched the sash though… I think I didn’t understand the instructions because I totally did them wrong. 🙁 Going to see how it looks with a jersey sash in a different color that I already own. 🙂

  9. I am preparing to make 2 of these. I am really tall, so I found my shirts in mens 2x to make sure they are long enough. paid $0.25 each 🙂 I cant wait to wear them.

  10. i am trying to make the flower and its not looking as cute as yours. can you tell me how u do it.thank you so much what a cute top i have made the shirt and trying to finish…
    thanks so much nikki.

  11. Definitely love this look! Although, I’m thinking to keep, or make, the long sleeves. My pregnancy belly will start showing in the colder months, so the sleeveless just wont cut it. (; I guess I could always layer, though!

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