Do you have a t-shirt and some extra fabric laying around? Why not make a baby doll top? I had some plain t-shirts that no longer fit comfortably over my belly. I didn’t mind cutting them up, so I grabbed some matching fabric in a fun print and started choppin’ away!This top will give you LOTS of growing room. Whether you’re showing a little or a lot, I’d definitely recommend a belt to reign in some of the extra fabric. I used a t-shirt, but this will work with most knit/stretch tops that fit your upper body comfortably.
A plain t-shirt (The shirt will be cut below the armhole. If your shirt has writing or graphics, make sure they fall below this point.)
Fabric- (I used approx. 1 yard of cotton fabric. You may need more depending on the length you prefer.) See step 4 for measurements.
Tailor’s chalk or temporary marking tool
1/4″ elastic for sleeves (Enough for 2 upper arm measurements + seam allowances)
Interfacing – fusible
Curved Ruler – optional
Desired Top Length – Measure from shoulder to hip area
Lay out your t-shirt, matching seams and smoothing out wrinkles.
Mark a point 1″ below each armscye (armhole). Using tailor’s chalk, draw a straight line to connect both points. Cut along this line.
Measure your new shirt length from shoulder seam to raw edge. Put this number to the side.
Find the center front of the raw edge. Place a mark 1″ above this point.
(For front of shirt only.) Begin at the side edge, draw a slight arc, passing through the marked point to opposite edge. (Use a curved ruler if available)
Cut along the new curved line. (Front of shirt only.)
Apply interfacing to the raw edges of the shirt to stabilize it. I cut mine 1.5 wide. (If using woven interfacing, cut on the bias for added stretch.)
(Determine length of fabric for skirt)
Take your desired top length and subtract the length of the top that you wrote down earlier. Add a 1″ seam allowance. This is your length.
For your width, measure the width of the shirt from side seams. Multiply this number by 1.5. This is your width. (If you’re not pregnant, multiply top width by 1.2 to decrease skirt fulness.)
Desired top length – 28″
Shirt length – 10″
Shirt width – 19.5″
28″ – 10″ + 1″ seam allowance – (Length of fabric)
19.5″ x 1.25 = 29.25 – (Width of fabric)
Make sure you have enough fabric to cut out 2 pieces using your calculated length and width.
(Sleeves) Open small section in current hem of sleeve (under sleeve). Feed elastic through the existing casing. Sew the elastic closed. Stitch the hem closed using matching thread.
(If you’d like to add in-seam pockets, follow my tutorial here before sewing the sides of your skirt)
With right sides facing, sew the sides of the skirt using 1/2″ seam allowance.
(Working with the front of the skirt only) Starting 1/2″ from side seam, sew 1 to 2 rows of basting/gathering stitches to opposite seam. Repeat for the back of the skirt. Do not cross over side seams.
Turn skirt inside out and lay flat. Place top inside of the skirt. The top edge of the skirt should be lined (rt sides of skirt and top should be touching.) Match side seams of top with side seams of skirt and pin.
Gently gather the skirt (front, then back) until the skirt is the same width as the top. Pin in place.
Attach the skirt to the top using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Make sure to catch all of the gathers.
Turn the top right side out. Press the seams upward.
Hem your new top using a 1″ seam allowance.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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