I’m loving slouchy tees and sweaters right now. They are so comfortable and, fortunately for me, they work with my growing pregnant belly. I love being able to wear and purchase a lot of regular clothing. The only issue I’ve run into is that they aren’t quite long enough to cover my belly. Instead of wearing another shirt underneath for length, I made some cute belly bands for length and comfort, one with a button up shirt hem and one with a ruffled chiffon hem.
These belly bands give you that extra length you need under a sweater or tee, or they can be used to cover your backside if you’re wearing leggings. They also are great to keep up non-maternity pants. And these are much easier than plain belly bands because there’s no handstitching!
// SUPPLIES //
- Button up shirt, chiffon or lace shirt to cut
- Sewing supplies
- 1/2 yard knit fabric with 40% stretch, preferably with spandex
- Cut a strip of knit fabric 20″ tall by 3″ less than the width of your high hips (the area between your hips and belly button). The longer width should go with the stretch of the fabric.
- Cut the hem off of a button up shirt, lace shirt, or chiffon shirt. The length will depend on your preference; I cut mine about 9″ tall, but I wanted mine extra long.
- With right sides together sew the short sides of the knit fabric together with a zigzag or stretch stitch.
- Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Match up raw edges.
- Divide the raw edge of the shirt hem into four and mark with pins. Divide the raw edges of the knit fabric into four and mark with pins.
- With right sides together match up the four pins on the shirt hem to the four pins on the knit fabric. Distribute fullness and pin all the way around.
- Sew three layers together with a zigzag or stretch stitch. Stretch the knit pieces to fit the shirt as you sew. Finish the edges.
It’s wintertime for me so I’ve been wearing mine with sweaters, but either of these would work great with a lengthened Briar tee or sweater!