How cute is this top? Sometimes I really love it when clothing can serve double duty – by which I mean, works when you’re pregnant and once you’re baby is born. Since this top has a nice low neckline, you can wear a normal tank top or cami under it when you’re pregnant (or even a crop top, that’s what i did!) and then a nursing tank (or one of these) once your baby is born.
Even better, it takes about 10 minutes to make. I promise!!!
- A mens tshirt
- 1/4″ or 1/2″ wide elastic
- fusible hemming tape (optional)
Note: I used a shirt 1 size larger in mens sizes than I wear in womens. Ie. I am a women’s M, so I used a men’s L. Having said that, this is a guide – it’s a good idea to choose a men’s shirt that fits easily and loosely over your baby bump
What to do:
- Carefully cut the neckline/collar off your shirt.
- Measure from your shoulder to your empire waist. Take 2″ off this measurement – i know that doesn’t make sense right now, but the neckline has gotten bigger now that the collar is cut off, so we need to compensate for that.
- Lay your tshirt flat, and measure from the shoulder down as long as the number you calculated in step 1. Pin.
- Cut a “V” into the front neckline, that goes from the edge of the neckline at shoulder point, down to your pin. I found an easy way was to fold the shirt in half down the front.
- Out of your excess fabric, cut a small square that is 1″ x 1″. We will use this to stabalize the neckline. Place your square so that one of the points touches the point of the V. Sew half way down the left edge of the square till you hit the centre of the square, then turn 90 degrees and sew to halfway down the right edge.
- Snip into the corner, as close as you can get to the stitches without actually cutting them.
View from the inside:
- Turn the neckline in 1/2″ all the way round and topstitch. I used a zig zag stitch
- We’re almost done. Measure your under bust (around your rib cage) and subtract 2″ from this. Cut your elastic to be that long. Now pin it to your top on the inside along the empire waist so it hits just below the v. Then sew with a zig zag stitch stretching the elastic as you go so that it matches up to the fabric.
- Taaaa daaaaa!! Don’t you just love it???
Lastly, if you like you could make the sleeves more fitted – but I just left them as they were, as I felt they kept with the whole effortless comfy tunic vibe going on.
Also, I just wanted to say thanks so much to everyone who has been voting for me in the Top 25 Moms with Style contest – I really appreciate it, and I’m so grateful you’ve been keeping me in the ranks! LOVE you all!! XOXO