Tackling a reader’s question today… I was asked about finding maternity skirts and I’m so happy to report that this is my first pregnancy where I have exclusively worn skirts!!
During my last pregnancy, I shared how uncomfortable and restrictive I find maternity jeans to be. Perhaps I’m shaped funny or something, but I feel like I’m perpetually hiking my pants up, wriggling back down into them throughout the day with the most unladylike contortions! I hate that they’re marketed so that you need to purchase a full wardrobe for each trimester… and I imagine that being in my 7th pregnancy, I would get more use out of such an investment than most!
It was a great relief to discover stretchy knit skirts during my last pregnancy. How wonderful it felt to dress femininely yet feel as comfortable as I would be if I were sweatpants- more so maybe!
Sadly, that company I purchased from seems to have gone out of business, but during a visit to Pinterest I did find a very similar skirt tutorial that I fully intend to use one day.
This time, in addition to my wonderful knit skirts, I decided to make use of all those old maternity jeans I’ve accumulated over the past decade and refashion them into maternity jean skirts. Of course you can follow these methods with regular jeans as well and someday I will with all of my old jeans.
I’ve worn this skirt in public twice (I don’t get out much 😉 ) and was complimented both times. I split a maternity skirt up the inseam of each leg and then used the legs of a few other pairs of jeans to piece together the inside making sure that the split legs from the first pair were spread as far apart as allowable to give a lot of freedom for movement. I was feeling lazy and instead of creating a hem, I ran a stitch around the hemline to prevent too much fraying and just cut the edges close to the stitching.
The second skirt was made by splitting the pair of jeans up the inseam again, but this time instead of using several pairs of old jeans to piece the center, I only used one pair. With the second pair, I removed the each leg as high as I could, opened them up along the inseam, then lined the outside seam with the centers of the new skirt. I also lined up the existing hem lines on both pairs of pants so that I wouldn’t need to re-hem the skirt. I would advise using a boot-cut or flare leg jean in order to allow as much room as possible along the bottom.
Of course, I can’t take credit for any of these ideas. I found them similarly made all on Etsy, but by raiding my own jean stash, I was able to make them all for free!! They were so simple too that I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a couple pairs from a thrift store to dissect for a couple bucks each, enabling me to make a comfortable jean skirt for mere fraction of the cost of purchasing retail!