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So I made myself two maternity skirts using my Super Easy Patternless A-Line Skirt tutorial as a jumping-off point. There’s no reason you’d have to be pregnant to make skirts like this. Part of the appeal of this style of skirt (for me) is that it is also wearable when not pregnant.

Maternity Skirt

Essentially, I took my hip measurement (which was where I wanted the skirt fabric to start) and used THAT as my waist measurement in the tutorial. Cut out the skirts the same as in the original tutorial.

I then sewed the two halves of the skirt together.

Next, the waistband. Take a knit fabric, and hold it up to your belly so that it stretches around your belly. This is very important if you have a one-way stretch fabric - make sure the stretch goes AROUND you. Stretch it pretty tightly. If you keep it a bit loose, thinking you need the extra room, it will fall off of you. This comes from personal experience - trust me on this. If you’re still early in your pregnancy, you can guesstimate on how much you need around the waist. This is a pretty forgiving project - you can always take it in later if you need to. (You can also use a repurposed Tshirt for the waistband instead of getting knit fabric.)

So, you’ve stretched it around your waist - note how much fabric you used to stretch it around your waist and cut that much fabric, plus a bit for the seam allowance. Make the waistband however wide you want it. I make mine about 12-15 inches wide, then fold them over once or twice so they sit under my belly. I made them wide, though, in case I want to wear them over my belly instead. There’s no need to finish the top edge of the waistband, but you may if you like.

Maternity Skirt (wow, I need a tan.)

Seam up the waistband so it forms a tube. Try it on just to make sure it’s right.

Now, pin it to your skirt, right sides together. I find it most helpful to mark both the waistband and the skirt on either side plus center front and back, then match up the markings when I pin, so I’m sure to have the waistband even.

Sew the waistband to the skirt, hem it, and you’re done.

Note: I did NOT cut the bottom hem at a curve like I normally would for a skirt. I decided to cut the hems straight across. Since I also made these skirts quite wide at the bottom, this gave me a nice angled, pointy hem as you can see in the photos. I chose to hem the black skirt normally, but I decided to hem the green stripe skirt using bias tape around the hem. I like the way it turned out!

Maternity Skirt