Maternity Clothing: Free Tutorials and Patterns Round Up

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As a 30 something female, I have had quite a few friends who have had babies during the past decade. As such, I have had a lot of friends who have been in the market for maternity clothing. There are a couple primary complaints that I've heard over and over again.

1) It's tough to find clothes that are reasonably priced.
2) it's tough to find clothes that are stylish.

After a number of these discussions, I got inspired to browse for DIY maternity clothing tutorials. I was blown away by what I found. Hopefully you will be, too. For those of you out there who are pregnant and are skilled at making your own clothing, you can save quite a lot of money by making some or most of your maternity clothing. The best part about the wealth of tutorials out there is that you can pick and choose what you like, resulting in some wonderful, stylish clothing that fits your body. Also, after you have read through a half a dozen or so patterns for the same type of maternity clothing, you will get an idea how these patterns work. This will allow you to start making your own alternations with regular clothing by following some of the basic maternity clothing guidelines.

No matter how much clothing you make, you will most likely still be in the market for some purchases as well. Here are a few tips to help you save on your maternity clothing purchases:

  • Shop sales. You may find great, pricier items from Target or Motherhood Maternity that are marked way down.
  • Shop out of season or at the end of season. Even if you're purchasing t-shirts as you head into fall or winter, you can still layer them with warmer pieces.
  • Shop secondhand. Goodwill receives Target merchandise that doesn't sell. You may be able to find significantly discounted brand new maternity pieces from brands such as Liz Lange. Additionally, a lot of used maternity clothing is in excellent condition because women don't wear it for a long time.
  • Shop garage / rummage sales and Craigslist. While you're hunting for used baby items, you may find some maternity clothing, too.
  • Borrow clothing from similarly sized friends and family members. Again, most used maternity clothing is in good condition.

Source

How to Make a Nursing Maternity Dress

DiY How To Make a Top from 2 Men's Shirts

Make Your Own Maternity Jeans

EGG Maternity Gathered Skirt - styled in a multitude of way

How to Dress Casually When Pregnant

© 2011 Rose Clearfield

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kschimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

Maternity clothes are much cuter than they were twenty or thirty years ago! Great links to resouces.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

I agree! A lot of the newer clothes today are much better than they used to be. Thanks!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

You're such a good friend to listen to all your pregnant friends' needs and share your findings in a hub. Well researched info and links. Great job, randomcreative! Voting up!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, I try! Hopefully it'll be me that needs this advice within the next couple years, and I'll be able to get something out of this research as well. Thank you!


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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

These are great tips. Not many people know about target donating what doesn't sell to goodwill, but there's a lot of great stuff to be had because of it! Wonderful hub :) Very helpful!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Yes, for sure! Thanks!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was so beautiful and I'll show this to my sister. Thanks for share with us. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Great post....Great post


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Prasetio and Htodd! Have a great weekend, too.


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kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

Wish I read a hub like this earlier! Pity I have a 7 week old baby and do not think I will be wearing any maternity clothes any time soon!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Best wishes with your new baby! Please pass on the hub if you have friends/family who are pregnant. :)


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up and useful! Great patterns you have listed here. I wish I would've thought about sewing when I was pregnant...I'm pretty decent at it and I might've been able to save more $$$. What I did to save money was go to Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshall's and find shirts that weren't maternity but were roomier and bought them a couple sizes larger than my own size so that they would fit over my belly. :) Great hub!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! Honestly I don't sew a lot and will be more likely to take your method if I do get pregnant in the future. I think that most people are likely to use a combination of methods for acquiring maternity clothes so it's still important to keep things like that in mind.


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LucysMom 5 years ago

I love this hub! I wish I had seen it when I was pregnant. I'll keep in mind for the future!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! Sounds good!


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adultsearch 4 years ago from NYC, NYC

Voted this up! This is really helpful. A friend of mine is contemplating on whether to just use her husband's old stretchy shirts or buy new ones. She's stay home but it wouldn't hurt to have some real maternity dresses, right? :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you! It definitely wouldn't hurt! There's no reason not to look good for yourself at home.


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dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

Good advice, thanks for the tips. I will have to try some of these.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

You are very welcome! Best of luck.


pregnancy dress 4 years ago

Thanks!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank YOU!


Samantha 4 years ago

I used this company Shaven Hippie through my pregnancy! They sell a whole kit to convert the clothes you already have. So much cheaper than maternity clothes!! www.ShavenHippie.com


Cotton Bags 4 years ago

Better info on your blog than what I have seen so far elsewhere. Thanks for sharing and... Keep up the good work. I know from experience it's not always easy! :-).


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Cotton Bags!


Cotton Bags 4 years ago

I have been looking to build a good professional opinion on the topic. Your post got me a step further in the right direction. Many thanks :-)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, Cotton Bags!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Incredible hub! so many resources. Thanks for linking my hub. Going to add yours to mine, too!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Victoria! I appreciate the link!


srena 4 years ago

Great post!!! When a women is pregnant is just like an Angel!!! I also love write about pregnant women... Some ideas of Pregnant Halloween costumes ideas...


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Yes, one of my favorite spots to find maternity clothing is Goodwill. I've eyed the racks for other mamas and told them where to find them. :)

Great hub! Enjoyed the read and I know this will help a lot of people.


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Cyndi, nice! Good to get confirmation on Goodwill. Thanks!

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