Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

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Avery Maternity Leggings Hack

Hello! Today we’re very excited to welcome Anya of @anna.zoe.sewing on the blog to show us how to sew the Avery Leggings for maternity wear! Anya is a talented sewist, illustrator, and fellow pattern designer. We love following her account for not just inspiration and beautiful photos, but also for an abundance of helpful sewing tips and styling ideas. As a new mom of two and somebody with quite a bit of experience sewing maternity wear, there’s nobody better to show us this particular hack! Without further ado . . . let’s get into it!

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

How to Sew Maternity Avery Leggings

Maternity wear can be tricky. The growing belly is challenging to dress and comfort is key. It is no wonder that leggings are maternity go-to garments. You can make your own pair of maternity leggings (or two, or three!) and the Avery Leggings pattern is a great starting off point. Today I will show you how to easily hack Avery leggings into maternity leggings. 

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog
Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

There are a few ways to hack these leggings and some of the steps below are optional based on the size of your belly, your pregnancy stage, and your personal preferences. I will show you how to create an on-the-belly view and over-the-belly view. 

A note on choosing fabric for maternity leggings

Your belly and your body will be growing and expanding in ways that you may not predict. For this reason, comfort is of the utmost importance. Look for soft and comfy fabrics without extra compression – cotton and bamboo knits are great choices. Soft athletic wear will work too. Softness is important as the skin on your belly may become sensitive as it stretches. 

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

Make sure your fabric has A LOT of vertical and horizontal stretch. The pattern calls for fabric with at least 70% stretch in both directions, and it is especially important when making a maternity version of Avery Leggings.

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

The on-the-belly view works great for early maternity stages or if you have a smaller bump. Or maybe it is your preference! Personally, I find the over-the-belly view comfortable for later pregnancy stages when the belly is big and I prefer more coverage. 

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

For this hack, you will need the Avery Leggings pattern, a pen or pencil, ruler, tape and some extra paper. Let’s dive in!

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

Step 1: Lower the front waistband seam 

This step is completely optional. For early maternity stages it may not be needed, but as your belly grows having a lower front waistband seam becomes more comfortable. 

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

On the front of the legs pattern piece lower the front seam line anywhere from ¾”(1.9 cm) to 1 ¼” (3.2cm). The numbers are based on your personal preferences and are dependent on your height. There is also no need to be super precise here, just eyeball it.  

Re-draw the front waistband seam on the legs piece, blending it into the back around the middle of the pattern piece. 

Add the amount you removed from the legs piece to the bottom of the front waistband piece. Draw a curved line blending it into the bottom of the waistband seam at the side. 

Step 2: Add length to the front waistband

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

On-the-belly view:

This step is the important one. This extra length will cover your belly and give it room to grow! 

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

Cut the front waistband pattern piece in half widthwise. It doesn’t have to be a precise half, any spot will work. Place a piece of scrap paper under the pattern pieces, and spread them about 2.5” (6.4 cm) apart. Tape everything in place. Redraw the side seam and the center front fold line. 

You also don’t need to cut the pattern piece in half if you don’t want to, you can simply add the required amount to the top of the front waistband. But since the top is curved, it may be easier to cut and spread.  

If you want to make maternity leggings that sit on the belly, stop here and continue onto sewing. 

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

Over-the-belly view:

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

Cut the front waistband pattern piece in half widthwise. It doesn’t have to be a precise half, any spot will work. Place a piece of scrap paper under the pattern pieces, and spread them 5-6” (12-15 cm) apart. Tape everything in place. Redraw the side seam and the center front fold line. 

You also don’t need to cut the pattern piece in half if you don’t want to, you can simply add the required amount to the top of the front waistband. But since the top is curved, it may be easier to cut and spread. 

Place a scrap piece of paper under the back waistband pattern piece. Lengthen it by 2” (5 cm) by adding the length to the top. True the side seams and the center back fold line. 

Step 3: Sewing

Continue to sew the leggings per instructions. The only slight difference is in step 6:

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog

When sewing the front and back waistbands together, stretch the side seam of the back waistband to fit the front. This will gather the front waistband at the sides. Proceed per instructions! 

Avery Leggings Maternity Hack Tutorial - Helen's Closet Blog
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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

6 Comments on “Avery Maternity Leggings Hack”

  1. Thank you for this maternity hack!!! I feel like they are so few and far between and I’m SO grateful when an expert offers some help! I’m a new sewist and pregnant…the main reason I need to get better at sewing! Lol I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!!!

  2. Just confirming that we would still need to use the back peice for the on the belly view? It says in the diagram that we dont need the peice but I feel like Im missing something or that we just dont need the peice to modify and should use as is. Can you confirm please?

    1. Hi Jennifer!

      Sorry for the confusion – you do still need the back waistband piece, you just don’t need to adjust it for this hack.

      Thanks!

  3. This tutorial was so helpful! Thanks! Currently working on converting some of my scrubs into maternity with this waistband hack. I don’t like the ready to wear maternity scrubs…I might be a fabric snob! I’m also making more Avery leggings with the maternity waistband.

  4. Many thanks for this tutorial! I appreciate the detailed, clear steps. I am currently pregnant and I would love to try this hack!

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