The Deep Vee Nursing & Maternity Tunic

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!!!

You’ll need:

  • 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:

  1. Carefully cut the neckline/collar off your shirt.
  2. 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.
  3. Lay your tshirt flat, and measure from the shoulder down as long as the number you calculated in step 1. Pin.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Snip into the corner, as close as you can get to the stitches without actually cutting them.

    View from the inside:
  7. Turn the neckline in 1/2″ all the way round and topstitch. I used a zig zag stitch
  8. 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.
  9. 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

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  1. says

    About what size are you in shirts now and what size mens shirt did you use?
    I’d love if that info would be included in future tuts! Something like 1-2 sizes bigger or the same as your normally wear in womens?
    That would be super helpful!
    I love the neckline on this top. And i’m so glad you showed us how to do it because it’s one of my favorite necklines but I couldn’t figure out how to do it right!

    • says

      Hi Bethany,

      No worries!! I’ve updated the tutorial with that info :) 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. However, in the past I have used men’s M shirts too, and been very happy with the result. Thats why this is just a guide – it’s a good idea to choose a men’s shirt that fits easily and loosely over your baby bump.

      The reason I don’t normally include that info, is that in the past when I have, people have followed it too strictly and then have complained that the size wasn’t right afterwards. I find that leaving that information out results in people using their own logic a little more, which is kind of necessary for choosing what fit will work for you (as everyones bellys are quite different). But maybe I’ll try again :)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial – and I hope you top turns out well!!! XOXO

      • says

        working on this right now. I’ve decided due to my in-abilty to stretch elastic and sew, to add a casing instead and thread the elastic through. That’s all I have left though! :)
        I’m using a much larger top so I may make some tucks or darts in the back too but we’ll see how it looks after I add the elastic. :)
        Thanks so much for posting this again!

  2. Christine says

    Hi, silly question but the elastic goes right around the chest doesn’t it, not just the front? Do you have a photo side-on
    or from the back?

    Thanks for another great idea.

    • says

      That’s not a silly question at all!! Yes the elastic goes right around the back too – i can’t believe I forgot to take a side on photo!! I’ll update with a photo from the back when i get a chance!!

  3. jennifer says

    I love the look of this…so cute and comfy! I love a good, fast sewing project and will be making this soon. Thanks so much for the tutorial! :)

  4. Kisha says

    How would I go about making the sleeves more fitted? Love this idea, I can’t wait to make one!

  5. says

    ok, so is the square put on the INSIDE of the shirt or outside? I am sooo confused. the pic below (after putting and sewing the square) says View inside but i can’t figure out how it looks. EEK!

    • says

      Hi Dana! Yes you put the square on the outside of hte shirt. Then after you snip it, you turn it to the inside of the shirt. I hope that helps!!

  6. JuneB says

    My youngest daughter is expecting…love your tutes, can’t wait to help her out with a maternity wardrobe! Your talent is amazing…
    Gma June

  7. Ashley says

    I just love this… I’m still in my first trimester, but am already “out-growing” most of my clothes, and can’t stand the idea of spending so much money on “maternity” specific clothing! This is sooooo cute, and I just picked up two soft cotton t’s at Walmart (okay, I don’t really like wally world usually… but in this case….) for $4 each, and more elastic for $1. So, two (REALLY CUTE!) shirts for under $10 makes me very, very happy!

  8. Mimi says

    Omg another cute tute! I wonder what my husband will think when he finds his wardrobe has shrunk overnight ….. and cute new clothes have mysteriously found their way into mine ….
    Thanks so much for the effort! x

  9. Jil Snchez says

    I have a question about the back of the neck of this shirt. How is it finished? Did you cut the entire crew neck finish off of the original shirt and just fold over the material and zigzag it too? Thanks for these great tutorials!

    • Jil Snchez says

      I was just missing a step. Of course you covered it! I have spent my weekend looking at this site and modifying a few summer clothes to take our bump on a winter vacation somewhere warm and dry.

  10. says

    Just made this from a Goodwill T-shirt! I bought a shirt that was 3 sizes too big, so I ended up taking in the back about 2″, the tops of the sleeve about 1.5″ and resizing the underneath of the sleeves about 1.5″ as well. Oops! Next time I’ll only buy a shirt one size up, but this one turned out pretty darn cute! Should fit my belly when it’s nice and big during the summer months!

  11. Christina harding says

    My elastic didn’t bunch up like yours, I stretched it as I sewed but it stayed straight, did you use elastic thread as well? Maybe I did something wrong?

  12. says

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded thos onto a coworker who was doing a little homework on this.
    And he in fact bough mme lunch because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thsnk YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this issue heree on your