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DIY Maternity Jeans

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Hey All,

I am not a legging person! I have never been a legging person! And I probably never will be a legging person! No offense to the people that do like leggings but they are just not for me….So when I got pregnant I had a little problem. 1) I wanted to be comfortable but didn’t want to have to wear leggings or Lulu’s for my entire pregnancy and 2) I didn’t want the jeans I bought to look like maternity jeans. So one day my husband brought my home a lovely pair of Paige Maternity Jeans and they were faaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnntastic!! I love them! But again I cant wear just one pair of jeans for my entire pregnancy and I also don’t want to spend Β $180 or more on jeans, so I inspected them and figured I would make some of my own.

Step #1

For this project you will need a pair of low rise jeans, stitch ripper, fabric scissors, matching thread, and either high stretch fabric or elastic (40mm or wider) and of course a sewing machine.

Step #1

STEP #2

When I am doing my jeans I usually take chalk and draw where I am going to cut. I cut from the top inside corner to the bottom outside corner. Β When I cutting the waistband I come in a half an inch. The reason that I do this is so I can stitch rip open the seams on the waistband and fold in the waistband to create a cleaner look at the waist.

Step 2

STEP #3

Take your pocket cut out and place it on your elastic. (Note: I used 60mm Cansew elastic and I stitched 2 peices together to make it wider to fit in my pocket) Then cut around the pocket adding a half an inch on all sides (except along the top) to provide a little seam allowance.

Step 3

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STEP#4

Align the elastic with the top of your waistband (fold in the 1/2 fabric you left at the beginning to make a clean edge) Start sewing in your elastic. I always start from the outside and work my way in. (Start at the outside top corner, work my way down and then across to the inside). Fold your edges in to create a cleaner looking edge. (Note: I usually use a zigzag stitch on some of Β my jeans that have a little more stretch in them as it provides a little more give with the elastic)

Step #4

And there you have it!!! Done! Put your jeans on and enjoy! πŸ™‚

Step 5 Done! DONE!

Now you can enjoy your jeans a little more comfortably and they can expand along with your growing belly.

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Here is my outfit today and I am wearing a pair of the maternity jeans…..Notice? You cant even tell πŸ™‚ Today I am wearing Paige Maternity Jeans, Vans leopard print shoes, H&M cardigan, and a Rock Steady clothing shirt.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial today and please note you don’t have to be pregnant to try this πŸ™‚ You may just have a pair of jeans that are a little too tight. This helps provide a little comfort.

Happy Sewing!

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Cut &Sew

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Hello all,

Sorry about all the mirror shots lately. I’m currently in search for a new camera and until I find one my camera phone is my camera so please bare with me πŸ™‚

Anyways…So over the past few months and a growing belly I have on the search for something to wear that doesnt make me look like a balloon and marshmallow. As funny as it sounds it is actually quite the feat to find fashionable and affordable maternity wear. So with that being said I have decided to make some of my own clothing. Which is what I did on Saturday night πŸ™‚

On Saturday I was quite frustrated with my closet so I decided to whip something up on my own. I chose to make a maxi dress with some fabric I purchased a while back. I picked out one of my favorite maxi dresses and I also chose a top that I liked. I combined the styles and came up with my own maxi dress. I am actually pretty happy with the final result.

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Baby bump shot! πŸ™‚

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I took the tie detail from the top that I liked and I added a little extra detail by using a contrast color so the tie is more noticeable.

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I paired the dress with a vintage cardigan and a vintage tooled leather belt.

I’m quite happy with how the dress turned out. Cant wait to create something else πŸ™‚

DIY Mayhem

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Hey all,
For those of you that have been following my blog, you know that I have been planning my wedding.Β  What most of you dont know is that I have been planning most of it myself. Being a bride on a budget I decided to save a little money by doing the invitations myself. I must say that DIY sounds alot easier than it actually is and I now see why invitations cost what they do. Heres a little break down of how our wedding invitations went.

Invitation Man Hours:
12-15hrs Graphic Searches & Photoshopping
8hrs of packaging & ribbon wrapping
6hrs of hand written envelopes
6hrs of wax sealing
Total cost for printing, envelopes, ribbons & wax seals = $170 Β (Was quoted $500-$1500)

I must say that they turned out beautifully.Β  (I may be bias though πŸ˜‰ )

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Step 1 Designed and printed.

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Step 2 done. Wrapped, stacked, packaged and ready to go.

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My wax sealing process was half done and surrounded by red envelopes.Β 

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There you have it…. Signed Sealed and officially delivered!

I hope our guests love them as much as I loved making them.