Unselfish Sewing – Jeans, a Maternity Makeover

Life is still very busy over here with the last bits of the renos coming together. The last couple weeks have been incredibly stressful on me. I tend to overcommit to a project and go all out until I finish it, but as I found out it wasn’t the best strategy this time around and I was burning out quickly. So this weekend I decided to take as much time as I can and do something for myself and rest. By rest I mean actual rest and creative rest. Being an introvert I definitely recharge through sewing and being quiet. So, I finally tackled a long overdue project of helping my girlfriend with pregnancy jeans.

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This is my second take on converting regular jeans into pregnancy jeans. I first tried it about years ago before I had my blog. My other girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, and I were shopping for jeans for her. I couldn’t believe how much pregnancy jeans were! Ugh! Then at a very high end maternity store, we stumbled upon maternity jeans that also had a jeans waistband sold separately with them and when we asked about it, the sales associate told us they were regular jeans that had waistband taken off and you can wear while pregnant and then once you give birth, you can hire a seamstress to remove the maternity waist band and re-attach the original waistband. What a genius idea! Unfortunately the jeans cost over $300…

Needless to say, we didn’t buy those jeans. Instead I did my best to convert her normal jeans to maternity jeans. I had no idea what I was doing and I tried to figure out how to achieve the look I was going for and I think I did pretty well for my very first pair of maternity pants. The only thing that was slightly troublesome was when my boyfriend at a time walked in on me holding a pillow next to my belly and trying the maternity waistband on. It definitely was one of the “I swear I can explain this!” moments… Oh boy.

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Well, when Asha told me she was pregnant, the first thing I told her was that I can convert her jeans to maternity pants for her and I know a great way to do it without ruining her pants. This time around, I added some tweaks to my method and I got to say, I am pretty happy with this updated version 2 of the maternity jeans.

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The best part is that the jeans are already broken in and loved, so they are comfy to begin with. The next best part is that, the jeans will still be there for her once her baby arrives and she will still be able to wear them. She doesn’t have to buy new jeans unless she really wants to!

This time around I decided to photograph my process so that I will have a full tutorial for anyone who is interested in doing this. I will be publishing it in a separate post since it is rather photo heavy so hang tight! 



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  1. Firstly, good on you taking the ‘alone time’ to recharge – I know I go atir crazy pretty quickly if I don’t do the same. And I laughed out loud at the pillow story! I wish I’d known about this back along but I’m still super intrigued as to how you do it – a useful thing to know eh! 😉😘

    1. Thank you! It’s so nice to know you understand 🙂
      hahaha yes, it was a funny one 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed it. I agree, it is a super useful thing to know. I hope it comes in handy for myself one day.

  2. heatherandthepugs December 3, 2016, 7:14 pm

    You are such a good friend! I’m totally an introvert too so I value my alone/quiet time. I think that’s why I sew so much! 😉

    1. I agree! I am also very much an introvert and my favorite “recharge” time is sewing and listening to music or podcasts. It just feels so good!


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