Maternity Tank Fail, Non Maternity Shirt Win

Started this post back when I was pregnant and finally finished the shirt the other day. Let'...


how to diy a tank top for womenStarted this post back when I was pregnant and finally finished the shirt the other day.

Let's time travel back to when I was pregnant...

I've been bummed about my weight gain this pregnancy because it sucks to still be gaining so much despite my efforts to do otherwise. But I think the main issue is my CLOTHES. I am mostly belly, but the frumpy maternity shirts SUCK the LIFE out of me... why? Because nothing makes you feel fatter than the breeze that you get when your shirt is poofed out, leaving that gap/air between your shirt and pants. My stomach doesn't SHOW, but it feels like it shows because of the cool breeze. Yuck. I'm always tugging my shirt down and feeling insecure about being covered.


One of my non maternity shirts is way more comfortable and it hugs my belly tight. As I think my belly, despite being large, is cute I don't mind this at all. And there's NO big belly breeze!

I traced the shirt that I like and made a pattern of both the back and front sides.


Cut my fabric, making sure to add a seam allowance.


Pinned the pieces right sides together.


I sewed up along the sides and I sewed the straps together. Then I finished the edge of the bottom of the shirt. 


At this point I tried it on. I think I should've made it a bit bigger because I may outgrow it sooner than I'd like. My chosen fabric stretched more one way than the other, and I left the stretch to be top to bottom vs side to side. The fabric on the shirt I copied was stretchy in both directions. Oh well. It works for now and it's still cute.

I use bias tape to do the neck and then I serged the arms. 


As you can see, not quite a maternity shirt, but it's light weight and will be perfect in the summer. Of course it's COLD here... super super cold.

this is another view of the tank top I made

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