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T-shirt to pin tuck tunic

Dec 17, 2009

tshirt to maternity tunic after 1

I love this maternity top – I’m living in it. Whats even better is I made it from an oversized white mens tshirt.

tshirt to maternity tunic after 4

What you’ll need:

  1. A large tshirt that comfortably fits over your bump
  2. 1/4″ wide elastic

What to do:

  1. Cut a really large neckline, and casually sew pin tucks along the front, until the top is fitted around your bust.

    tshirt to maternity tunic after details 2

  2. Fold over the neckline by 1/2″ and topstitch, then thread through your 1/4″ elastic to stabilize the neckline
  3. Optional: I added pleats to the back of my shirt because it was still way too big

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tshirt to maternity tunic after details 1

It’s a great maternity basic, and it got the approval of my Hubby, so it’s a win win!

tshirt to maternity tunic after 2

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  • I actually prefer the white though the colour is nice

  • I LOVE the snow! I’m aghast at how deep it is and how white it is.

    That wasn’t the question though, right? I like both colours. That plum really suits your hair though!

  • You’re totally going to make it big. I love the pretty detail of the pleats with this simple tee! I want to be able to be crafty like you!

  • You did a beautiful job turning a big t-shirt into something lovely and comfy. It is wonderful to find something that works so well for you. And it looks great on you.
    I think pregnancy affects the brain. That was especially my experience with the first one. It will pass.

  • I love it in plum.


  • I really love this and would love to do something similar – have had a few refashion disasters of late!

  • Wow, what a gorgeous refashion! You really pulled a beautiful shape from a plain ol’ T-look. Kudos!

  • Seriously, that is beautiful! Like the Beast and the Beauty!

    • Thanks!

  • Great color for you, what dye did you use?

    • I used RIT liquid dye, and the colour I mixed was 50/50 Wine and Navy :)

  • Just found your shirt after searching burdastyle for refashions – LOVE it. Looking to have another baby in the near future so I’m looking for maternity clothing I can sew – this looks fabulous and I know I have several LARGE t-shirts in my drawers from giveaways and whatnot…thanks for the inspiration!

  • Just made this shirt using a thrifted man’s xxl t-shirt! Soooo comfortable that I want to wear it all the time! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  • Do you happen to have any tips or instructions on how to do the pin tucks? I’ve never done them before and I’m a little intimidated. Do you just fold the fabric and sew? And you would probably start doing them in the middle of the shirt and work your way out, right?

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