maternity style

style: diy jean shorts for summer.

alternate title: i’m too cheap to buy maternity jean shorts so i made my own.DIY jean shorts

so according to almost everyone i talk to, it’s going to be hot as hell this summer. more so for me because i’m super pregnant (surprise! did you guys know that? have i ever talked about that here?). and so i’m going to need to wear shorts at some point in the next three months. problem is, i’m also a cheap-ass, and the idea of buying maternity shorts that cost more than $12 makes me cringey.

so when i was given a pair of maternity jeans that were way too short (and frankly, not in a cut that would be flattering for most pregnant people), i decided to get all crafty and make my own cuffed jean shorts. and then i decided to share the process with you! so far, i haven’t distressed them any further than you see in these photos, but that option is always open to me, so we’ll see what i decide.

and away we go!

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step one: pick your jeans. i suggest using a very old pair, or a very cheap pair. don’t take a scissors to jeans you’re going to regret messing up. as i mentioned above, mine were given to me for free.

step two: put on your jeans and decide where you want them to hit on your legs as shorts. mark this spot with chalk or a fabric pencil.

DIY maternity jean shorts

step three: take off your jeans and lay them flat on your work surface. if you’re doing cuffed shorts, measure about two inches below where you marked your original endpoint, to give yourself some wiggle room when you cut.

step four: start to cut! i like my jean shorts to be slightly longer on the inner inseam than the outer inseam, so it’s essentially cut a bit at a downward angle. it helps to cut the top layer of the jeans first, so that you can see the line you’re cutting, and then cut the back layer after so you can match it up perfectly.

DIY maternity jean shorts

step five: once you’re done cutting the first leg, make sure the angle of the leg looks like you want, make sure the top and back layers match up, and you’re happy with the outcome. fold over the cut leg onto the intact leg, and either draw your cut line on the leg, or just go to town with your scissors, whatever makes you comfortable.

step six: compare both cut legs to make sure they match. putting the jeans on at this point can really help ensure that the cuts are the same height on your body. make any adjustments you need to make.

DIY maternity jean shorts

step seven: once you’re comfortable with length and cut, make your cuff. you can see from my shorts that i made my cuff longer on the outer leg, and much shorter on the inner leg. personal preference, you can cuff or not cuff however you’d like. if you decide not to cuff, you’re done! if you do, just a couple steps left!

step eight: once the cuff makes you happy, iron it down to hold it in place. this will allow the cuff to stay in place, even when you wash it. now you can either be done, or you can do the optional step nine of sewing the cuff in place.

DIY maternity jean shorts

step nine (optional): using thread that matches the color of the inside of your jeans, sew a zig-zag pattern around the cuff of your shorts. for the stitch on the visible part, make it short, about a millimeter or so long. for the stitch on the inner part, make the stitch about 1/2-1 inch long (this will help the sewing go a lot faster). i’m TERRIBLE at sewing, more specifically starting and ending the stitches, and even this was incredibly easy for me to do, so have faith.

DIY maternity jean shorts

DIY maternity jean shorts

a couple notes: now don’t get me wrong, i love me a good pair of “jorts”, frayed hem and all, but the cuff just makes it a little less redneck and a little more polished for me. so that’s the direction i went. it’s maybe a tiny bit more work, but we’re talking five extra minutes, nothing more. and really, the last step of sewing the cuff down is entirely optional.

these steps can obviously be used on any jeans, not just maternity jeans, but that’s what i was working with at the time.

if any of you decide to DIY your own cuffed shorts, let me know in the comments below! or if you’ve done it before, and have any tips on how to make it easier, or how to distress them even more, share those too!

[i got my inspiration to make these from here, but adjusted the shape of the cuff to something a bit more my style (less straight across). considering it’s been in the 80s here the last few days, praise the Lord, i have a feeling these are going to get a lot of use over the next 10 weeks.]

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belly style: accessorizing when pregnant.

want to know one of the biggest lies people tell you when you’re pregnant? that getting your belly dressed every day is SO MUCH FUN! okay, i admit, it’s awesome to show off the bump, and i kind of love how clothes fall on my changing body. but also, it can be SO BORING to get dressed everyday. because unless you have tons of money to burn, you’re only going to buy a couple pairs of maternity jeans and a couple pairs of maternity pants and a few maternity dresses and shirts to get you through to the end. and that means that you are stretching your wardrobe options to their last legs (literally).

you know that feeling you get when you look in your closet and you’re like, “how do i have NOTHING to wear??” i want you to imagine cutting your options by two-thirds, then factor in that you have a large, round protrusion on the front of your body, remember that you still have to go to work dressed as a human every day, and that people don’t stop inviting you to weddings just because you’re pregnant. now you’re starting to understand how i feel everyday.

it’s important to get really comfortable wearing the same pants multiple days in a row, and to understand that you are going to repeat outfits…many times. if you can get past those facts, then you’ll be fine. but that still doesn’t help with the boredom. you can only wear the same black skinny pants, grey t-shirt and cardigan mix so many times before you lose track, and then you risk just giving up and wearing it every day.

the solution? accessories.

now, i’m not normally an accessories kind of girl. give me the same necklace, no bracelets, no earrings, and i’m happy. lately though, i’ve noticed that i am reaching more and more for little things to add to my outfits, in an effort to change up the monotony of getting my belly dressed every morning. here are my favorite tips for accessorizing when you’re pregnant and living in the real world. pinterest maternity outfits only get you so far.

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bracelets

your chest and front area already feel kind of huge, so i tend to stay away from necklaces. no need to add bulk where it’s not wanted, you know? but i’ve become a big bracelet fan. i’ve been stacking on the bangles and cuffs and colorful hair ties like there’s no tomorrow. it’s my creative outlet for when i have to wear that same shirt for the fourth time in two weeks.

bracelet1

arm candy

sunglasses

it may still be freezing cold here (wore my parka, mittens and hat out the door today…it’s mid-april), but that doesn’t mean that the spring sun isn’t out in full force. and this may just be me, but there is nothing that makes me feel more stylish than a simple maternity outfit, paired with booties and a gorgeous pair of shades. that combo makes me feel like i should be walking the streets of a large metropolis, being photographed for some cute, maternity, street-style blog.

you know i love me some good, cheap target sunglasses, but even i can’t deny the pull of a solid pair of nice shades. i’m a proud owner of ray-bans so far, including this obnoxious pair of green-tinted ones:

rayban

but because i’m an adult, and about to become a mother, i’ve been looking for a more classic pair lately. raybanand i think i’ve found some promising options in the warby parker spectrum sun collection. for those of you who are unfamiliar, warby parker is like the toms shoes of eyewear. when you buy a pair of their glasses or sunglasses, they donate a pair to someone in need. Mister Man has a pair of their prescription glasses, and i swoon a little every time he puts them on. mix in a cardigan, and i’m done.

i only realized this past winter that warby parker even sold sunglasses, and i’m having a really hard time keeping myself from buying ALL THE PAIRS. i’ve actually just sent myself a home try-on box of 5 sunglass frames so i can try them on for free and send them back for free before ordering a pair. so if the ones i like the most look like poo on my face, i’ll know before buying.

here’s a great classic option, the hall, in whiskey tortoise:

hall-sun-whiskey-tortoise-top

another classic, the piper, in revolver black (totally reminds me of audrey hepburn):

piper-sun-revolver-black-top

and for a little fun, and because i’m obsessed with the color, the minnie, in eucalyptus:

minnie-sun-eucalyptus-top

which one is your favorite? i’m leaning toward the hall, but wouldn’t a colored pair be SO MUCH FUN?? i need help.

shoes

i can still squeeze my feet into heels, and have been wearing my most comfortable taller shoes when i leave the house. they make me feel tall, and stretched out, and not like a squat beach ball. i definitely worship at the altar of the stacked heel bootie and the wedge, because they don’t make my feet feel like they’re going to fall off, but still make me look impressive, like hey look at that pregnant lady walking on tall shoes, she’s just fabulous!

for when it gets warm, with my maxi dresses and skirts (it’s way more comfortable than it looks!):

wedge

these go with everything, skirts/jeans/dresses, and also happen to be extremely comfortable:

booties

makeup

an obvious choice for me, as i kind of love getting zhooshed up (see here for an example), but maybe not obvious for everyone. spending a little extra time on your face can give you a little boost in the feel good department whether you’re feeling uninspired, or just a little “blah”. (especially if, like me, you aren’t getting the full “glowing skin” effect everyone talks about during pregnancy…turns out acne still rears its ugly head through that glow.)

just the other day, my mom and i went and registered for baby stuff at target and buybuybaby (holy overwhelming, but at least our registries are full of adorable items now!). i woke up feeling big and blah, and so you know what i did? i put my hair in a topknot and threw on some red lip color, and felt like a fancy pregnant person instead of a regular pregnant person. and it made all the difference.

a good red lip will make you feel like a new person:

revlon colorburst matte balm

nails that are freshly painted take attention away from the fact that your fingers are swollen:

essie bikini so teeny

“done” eyes just add a pop to your already glowing face:

naked 3 palette

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i was contacted by warby parker and asked to include pieces from their new spectrum sun collection in a post. i was not compensated for featuring them in my post, nor was i given any merchandise. it was my decision to include them or not, and all opinions are my own. i just love their stuff guys!

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