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Can maternity clothes be altered to f…

Ellen_Mauer | Posted in Fitting on

I have lots of nice maternity clothes and don’t plan to have another child. How can I alter my maternity clothes to fit my normal size?




  1. Chris_Knoblock | | #1

    Ellen, pants should be easy. Just take in the excess at the center front crotch seam and lower the center front waist. For Blouses and Dresses, the excess has to taked in at the center front to keep the grainline where it should be. This is most successful if they have center front seams. After they are taken in, the hem has to be evened to match the back hem.

    If your pants have a maternity panel in them, they can't be altered.

    If the blouse or dress has a yoke with gathered front sewn to it, just rip the seam and take out some of the gathers and recut the side seams.


    1. Paula_White | | #2

      *I found it very simple to alter my maternity clothes after the baby. But I planned ahead for this BEFORE I made my maternity clothes in the first place. I simply choose two patterns in similar styles, one that would fit after the baby came and one in maternity sizing. {I also knew that I would need extra bust room because I breast-feed all my babies.} I cut out the fabric on the larger Maternity pattern size. Then I laid the regular pattern on top of the already cut out fabric and traced around it with a wash out marker or chalk on the cutting line. Next I sewed a stitching line that would show me where the cutting line should be after the baby comes. This stitching line must not show on the outside of the fabric so to do this I used the BLINDHEM STITCH with a matching thread in the bobbin and a contrasting thread in the top, and I tightened up the upper thread tension just a bit. Next I folded the fabric along the cutting line and stitched a line of stitching for later use.After the baby comes all I had to do was cut on that line and resew my garment together. And it worked too. Only problem is that with this last child I didn't lose all the weight that I thought that I would, but that was OK too because I still had some extra room to allow for this.Mother of five: ages 18, 16, 13, 6, and now 1. And I think he this will be the last one.And now how to get this extra weight off???

  2. elvenstephen | | #3

    Regarding alteration of maternity clothes

    It depends upon your clothes and the perfect alterer. And it will be certainly possible. Many time what happens that we provide alteration work to untrained alterer and makes the shape of the cloth worse. In this area you should be cautious.

  3. henryjames_123 | | #4

    For alteration of clothes

    For such purpose you have to search for trained tailor expertise in lady stiching. Only he will understand the work and do properly.

  4. yeseniahailey | | #5

    It only depends that how much you want to do it? First you take your measurement and take your cloth mark it as you measure your size. After this cut it down and sewing it. It is a very simple process to do plus size clothing to trim it as in your shape.

    1. derekbrian | | #6

      Can maternity clothes be altered to fit

      Nothing is impossible. In maternity  clothes there is already much margin and with proper measurment this can be done. If your are not very well versed with stitching, you can avail the help of professional lady tailor.

  5. jonessamuel | | #7

    Alteration of Maternity clothes

    Better to take services of professional ladies tailor. 

  6. crystal22 | | #8

    Hi Ellen,

    There are two options for you either you can give them to any woman who is pregnant it will be very useful for her or you can stitch your maternity clothes according to your size.

    Hope you like my advice.

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