Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Four Easy Maternity Skirts

Once I started outgrowing my normal clothes a few months ago, I started searching for easy maternity options. I browsed online maternity stores, but even the least expensive options (like Motherhood maternity) were still too pricey for this miserly shopper.

I did some searching and found some simple ways to modify skirts for maternity -- I particularly liked Hannah's very helpful posts here and here.

So I scouted out our local thrift shop for stretchy camisoles. They happened to have a sale the day I went, so all of the clothing was half off their normal price of $1! I went a little crazy, but at 50 cents per garment, it's hard to go wrong...

This burgundy floral skirt came from a dress that I made about four years ago and hadn't worn in ages. The dress was destined for destruction, but no longer! I cut it off at hip level, cut the bottom hem and above-the-midriff off my camisole, and stitched the two together with a zig-zag (stretching the cami as I went). *So* simple.

This denim skirt has been sitting in my closet for a year or two, making me feel very guilty -- this is its third "incarnation," since it started out as a (very-cute-but-too-big) Liz Claiborne wrap dress. I modified it into a skirt, but wasn't really happy with the results. Now, thanks to some knit from JoAnn's, it's a maternity skirt!

This thrifted denim gored skirt was a staple in my closet for several years. When it developed a strange faded line about three inches down from the waist, I sadly removed it from my closet (but kept it to use as a pattern). It turns out that the faded line was exactly where I needed to cut to add a maternity band! I love happy endings. *wink* This band was made from a navy camisole.

I actually made this skirt for maternity, but I used scrap fabric to make it. It's my favorite A-line pattern, cut off at the hips. The fabric was leftover from another skirt I'd made, so I had very little to work with. I made the skirt as long as possible, then serged the bottom edge. Using the final scraps, I cut several 5" wide pieces sort-of-on-the-bias to make a pleated ruffle.

After pinning my pleats in place on the skirt, I zig-zagged about 1/2" below the top edge of the ruffle. To maximize length, I left the top and bottom of the ruffle unfinished -- after one wash, they have a comfortably frayed look, but since they're not cut on the grain they won't ravel too much. The stretchy band is more of my JoAnn's knit (I couldn't find any khaki camisoles) -- but 1/2 yard was only about $2 on sale, and I was able to cut enough for four maternity bands.

All of these skirts were basically free, not counting the few pennies I spent on camisoles/knit, thread, and some elastic at the waistbands (more on that later). And that's important to me -- five regularly-priced items at Motherhood Maternity would be about $100! While I certainly hope this isn't the last time I'll be using a maternity wardrobe, I didn't want to invest a lot of money on clothing that will only be worn for a few months.

So you can expect more maternity make-overs and suggestions over the next few months, as I try to build a frugal wardrobe!


  1. Genius! You inspire me Shanon! :)All of your "renovations" came out spectacular and I'm sure you'll look lovely in all of them! :D I love the khaki skirt variation...those pleated ruffles at the hemline are charming! :)

    I'm glad the Lord provided you with all these deals and sales. :) That must be such a blessing to you!

    Have a most blessed week!

  2. Oh, my!! What useful ideas you have! That is really cool that you could make FOUR skirts for almost nothing! And they look awesome!!!

  3. Great Ideas Shannon! Very cute!
    Mrs. Hope and Lauren

  4. Just wanted to let you know Shannon that I was inspired to let a friend of mine who is pregnant know about your ideas for maternity wear. So it was a great inspiration for her and she can't wait till she has time to convert some of her non pregancy cloths to maternity. Thanks for the wonderful blessing you are to us!

    In Christ,

  5. Thank you so much Shannon for this post, a real budget saver! Now expecting our second child, I was looking for a way to dress feminine at a low cost: your post came at the right time!

    In Christ,


  6. Wow! I am so impressed! I am definitely going to remember this for next time, Lord willing! :) What beautiful skirts you have made.

    Lauren Christine


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