Thanks so much for all your help with my maternity style dilemma the other week. I’m still working through how to be a mama and be stylish. Dressing this (constantly) growing bump isn’t always easy!
I don’t want to bore the socks off of non-pregnant people, but I really wanted to share my new favourite pregnancy wardrobe addition – the maternity bump band.
It’s basically a stretchy tube that you wear over non-maternity jeans or trousers. You can then leave your favourite non-maternity jeans (or trousers) unbuttoned without fear of flashing the whole world.
Honestly – it really does help keep your jeans up.
I’ve tucked a tank under the bump band (it’s still a little chilly around here) but you could just wear the band itself.
And have I mentioned what an easy DIY this is? This is literally one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. It takes all of 10 minutes to whip up and you can use leftover stretchy fabric.
What’s not to love, right?
I love the fact that I’m still able to wear my favourite skinny jeans at 29 weeks! And to everyone else it just looks like an extra layer.
Shh… it’ll be our little secret.
How to sew your own maternity bump band (in 10 minutes)
You will need:
a yard (or less) of stretch fabric – I used some scrap fabric I had lying around
a walking foot – optional (but awesome)
hand sewing needle
1. Start by measuring around your waist at your widest part. This will be your length measure.
2. Next, measure from where you’d like the band to start (from your belly button, or maybe all the way over your bump) to where you’d like the band to finish (probably where the you zipper ends on your favourite pair of jeans/trouse). Double this number. This is your height measure.
1. Cut a length of fabric that’s as long as your length measure and as tall as your height measure. Make sure the stretch is running along the length of the fabric.
2. Fold the band in half (right sides together) along the short sides so you have a fold running along the length of the band. Match the raw edges and pin in place.
3. Use your ballpoint needles and a zigzag stitch (plus a walking foot if you have it) to sew along the bottom edge. You should end up with a long, narrow tube.
4. Bring the two short ends together and match the raw edges (right sides together) all the way around the tube. Pin in place and sew.
5. You’ll get to the point where you can’t sew any more. Stop here and sew up the rest by hand.