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JoaniesJosh  Friend of PR
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Date: 9/24/10 7:37 PM

Just found out I will be a grandmother. I can't believe the major pattern companies no longer feature maternity patterns. Does anyone know if there is a post started about what you have to do to enlarge a regular pattern (naturally, not a close fitting pattern) to be used for maternity dresses, pants and tops?

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Date: 9/24/10 8:08 PM

Fabric stores carry a maternity panel insert for pants that allow you to modify a pants pattern to allow for a pregnant tummy. The following website will be a good start for you. Also, type in 'maternity patterns' in the search bar of your fav search engine and you're sure to find something that will help you.

Make Maternity Clothes

Best of luck and congrats on becoming a Grammy!

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Date: 9/25/10 10:57 AM

I was surprised to see that the info at the above site is only available for purchase....

Surely there must be other resources...


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Date: 9/25/10 1:43 PM

Hi: can't help you with pattern alterations, but Burda and Kwik sew both still have maternity patterns if that's helpful. I thought I read something in one of Sandra Betzina's books about doing alterations for pregnancy, perhaps her Fast Fit book. Perhaps you could check to see if it's available at your local library.


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Date: 9/25/10 2:06 PM

I had luck with this pair of vogue pants The waistband is the perfect placement for a maternity panel. I simply sewed the waistband out of fabric with spandex. My pregnant sis loves them!

Also Simplicity has a scrub top I am working on to make a set of pjs and a casual top.

You can also go to the review gallery and filter by maternity. Lots of maternity patterns will show along with regular patterns. Many people wrote in the adjustments they made.

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Date: 9/25/10 5:53 PM

Also search the message boards using the phrase maternity in Pattern Modifications & you will find a few threads with helpful info.

Christina Sonja did maternity alterations (probably 1 year ago), and there was someone else who did a lot of altering standard patterns.

Jalie have a couple of tops that are maternity alterable, and also one for nursing.

Congratulations on becoming a grandma!

Mel (Melbourne, Australia)

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