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Maternity 'Pirate Top' Mens Shirt Upcycle

Added Jun 11, 2011

by Geeky Seamst...

County Durham, O...






This is a top I made myself out of a men’s shirt. It was intended to just give me something to wear to a pirate theme party I went to last weekend, but it’s turned out to be the most comfortable top EVER.

I’m on maternity leave from work now and I’d been squeezing myself into an array of maternity and non-maternity wear since I was determined not to buy anything new for the last couple of weeks. Being able to dress casually full time now (and even just in my PJs if I like) is SUCH a relief!

Anyhow… I took lots of pictures, so a tutorial for making a top like this is up on my blog . It took no time at all!! and I’ve even gone out and bought a couple more shirts (from charity shops – of course!) so I can make some more and perhaps make a dress modification (did I mention it’s the most comfortable thing ever?)

Material Notes

Mens shirt, scrap fabric and elastic




Garment Type

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    Jun 22, 2011, 02.37 AMby Hannah Jones

    Even not maternity, I could see this with an elastic-gathered waist for later. It looks fun and comfy. I wish I had thought of it when I was pregnant, instead of just wearing big men’s tees.

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    Jun 12, 2011, 08.36 PMby frankiesoup

    I gave up on looking even remotely stylish in the end and took to existing in a bright yellow Morroccan Kaftan. That turned a few heads down Tesco – a giant, whale of a woman, looking something akin to a lemon in a 60s style swing jacket…

    Love the shirt though – will be trying that tutorial when I manage to pry husband’s single shirt from him! Mwa ha ha ha ha!

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      Jun 12, 2011, 09.22 PMby Geeky Seamstress

      hahah I’d love to see it! (you trying the tutorial, not a lemon-whale :-) )

      but honestly… kaftans are looking good right now… even today when it was pi**ing it down I WAS SO HOT!!! pffft fans self

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    Jun 12, 2011, 03.33 AMby turtlegirl00

    love it!!

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    Jun 12, 2011, 03.23 AMby rogue-cellist

    Maternity wear is such a pain towards the end isn’t it! The things that fit and look okay in the middle of the pregnancy aren’t roomy enough to be comfortable at the end and the things that fit at the end are ridiculous at that stage when normal clothes just don’t fit any more… and it’s all so expensive! This is very cute. Nicely done :-) Enjoy your maternity leave.

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      Jun 12, 2011, 06.39 PMby Geeky Seamstress

      so true!! I miss my waist, I’ll never take it for granted EVER AGAIN!! <3 thankyou!

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    Jun 12, 2011, 01.40 AMby kanamithedreamer

    So cute!!!

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    Jun 11, 2011, 10.13 PMby shibbybean

    Really cute! And thanks for sharing your tutorial with the rest of us :)

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      Jun 12, 2011, 09.40 AMby Geeky Seamstress

      thankyou, and no problem, for all of the reasons mentioned by rogue-cellist above the internet has been a lifesaver for me as I’ve been growing bigger and bigger haha :-)

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