The Marbella Tank Maternity Style!
Hello! It’s Tammie from Sewing-4-Sanity sharing my quick and easy Marbella Tank maternity hack!
I’m within a few short weeks of meeting our last baby, but still want to dress in style! Seeing as though this is the last time I plan to need maternity clothes, I have really wanted everything I make to be bump friendly, but also something I can wear post baby.
So…rather than messing with the traditional ruching on the sides (which honestly I find itchy this time around anyways!)…I have been just adding length and making no other mods. The beauty of this is that once my baby arrives and I no longer need to accommodate a bump I either have a regular tunic length shirt (who doesn’t love the tunic and legging combo?!) or I can simply cut off the bottom and re-hem if I want it to be shirt length.
This brings us to the quick and easy steps…
- Measure from your shoulder over your bump to the point where you want the shirt to hit. Add an inch to that for the hem. For me, at 36 weeks, I calculated that I needed to add 5” to the pattern to get the total length I needed. (At 37.5 weeks it still fits great at that length J)
- Before you cut…make sure you’ve selected a stretchy fabric. That’s key to making this work!
- To cut the front, line up your pattern on the fold like normal and then measure out the extra length you calculated.
- Here’s what it will look like!
- Repeat the same steps for the back…
- Here’s what the back will look like!
- Now you have your maternity friendly pieces so just finished the pattern as instructed in the pattern tutorial!
Here are some pictures of how mind turned out! I love it and have gotten lots of compliments every time I wear it (which come on, you know to an emotional pregnant person those seem extra awesome/appreciated! )