Secret Fit Belly, made by Motherhood and Pea in a Pod. I love these pants!! They fit well for almost the entire pregnancy and they don't ride down. The panel is basically a seamless microfiber tube that reaches all the way up almost to the empire line. They are very sleek under fitted styles. I wanted to copy this as closely as possible, but where was I to get a microfiber tube?? I hit the local Target and found some microfiber brief panties that felt about the same weight as I was looking for, but they didn't come in maternity. Here is where the genius comes in...
I bought them two sizes too big, and flipped them back to front, so the "butt" side of the panty covers my bump. And what do you know - it works!!
Here's how to make yours:
You will need - pants that you want to make maternity, a pair or microfiber brief style panties two sizes larger than your typical size (the more "granny panty" they are, the better) and thread
I also think this method would work really well with seamless maternity tights or leggings used for the panel.
First you need to mark your sewing/cutting lines on both your pants and panties. You can most easily do this by doing them both at the same time. Put on the panty backwards and pull it up as high as it will go. You you are looking cool! Now put the pants on over the panty and zip them up (as high as you can)
(Anything for my readers...)Now draw a line on the outside of the pants along the bottom of your bump. If you are making your pants before you are notably pregnant, use the top of your pubic bone as a landmark and draw your line along the top of your hip bone. Only do half of your body - center front to center back - as you want these to be symmetrical.
Now fold down your pants along that line, and draw a coordinating line along the panty.
Now take them to the table and get ready to cut! First you need to add a seam allowance. To make your panty lie flat, cut the crotch piece in half, and then fold the panty in half at center front/center back. It should look like this.
If your pants have a fly zipper, you will want to remove the zip, and stitch the fly closed along the topstitching. Don't get too fancy taking the zipper out. The area will be enclosed once you stitch the fly closed. You also may want to "debulk" the waistband if your didn't end up cutting it off. Just rip off the facing pieces.
Line up the panel to the pants right sides together, matching center fronts and center back. You will have to stretch the panel/panty a bit to fit the pants, so pin around the waistline to even out the easing. Stitch, stretching the panel as needed as you go.
Now you have your own comfy maternity pants! I've been wearing these all day, and they are staying where I put them!! No more hiking up my pants all day!!