A little background first...couple of weeks ago I went through my wardrobe to get rid of some stuff and ended up with the crazy idea to refashion some things instead of giving them to Goodwill. The refashions have been going on since then, giving me 2 'new' articles of clothing so far (well, 3 but one is not included in this post). These are what I will call my (enter air quotes) "maternity shirts". I do intend on wearing them after baby arrives, hence the air quotes.
They are simply made from a top of one shirt, a bottom of another shirt (or nightgown, in the case of the other shirt I made in the same fashion...not pictured here). Here is what I did:
Tried on my "top" and marked where I wanted it to end and cut across there. (I also ended up cutting of the sleeves and shaped the neckline a little differently). I cut the "bottom" right under the arms (maternity here people...I need that extra fabric to cover up the ever-growing bump).
Sewed a basting stitch around the top of the "bottom" fabric.
Gathered the top of the "bottom".
With the right sides together, pinned the top to the bottom
Adjusted my gathers so the bottom side seam lined up with the top side seams and stitched the two together, 1/2 inch from the edge, using a zig-zag stitch.
Tore out my basting/gathering stitch.
Pinned the remaining fabric to my shirt, to cover up the seam and gathered/scrunched it up a bit.
Gathered the shoulders a bit...I love gathers.
Stitched the ends together to make long strips.
Made some rosettes. I also love rosettes. (GREAT rosette tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets if you are not sure how to make these cutsies).
Stitched the rosettes along the neckline...DONE!
Thank you Momma for the photography! And for not making me stand and pose for too long!