A few months ago, when the weather was starting to warm up, I broke down and bought myself some new maternity shirts. (Both my other kids were born in April, so all I had were winter maternity clothes; plus they were getting a little worn out.)
Still trying to be thrifty, I chose from the clearance rack at Motherhood Maternity. I found a shirt very similar to this one, but all white:
Now, I know this shirt looks fine on the model here. But we're not all models, are we? Thanks to my ever-expanding rack, I was just barely too big for a Large, so I went up to XL. I'm glad I did in the fact that it was loose enough in the chest so that it wasnt uncomfortable, but it just was not fitting right in the sleeves.
I think I wore it for a whole 15 minutes one day before I decided I couldnt handle it anymore. After another month I got brave and decided to refashion it; if it didn't work out, I wouldn't be any worse off since I wasnt wearing it anyways!
Luckily, it DID turn out...its now one of my favorite shirts! (Except for it being white...I always manage to get something on the belly!)
I actually made these flowers from the maternity shirt I had from my brother's wedding 2 1/2 years ago. The shirt got some weird brown stain on the belly at the reception, so I've never worn it since. But I love the color, so I kept it in hopes of finding a use for it.
And, as you can see, I changed the collar. I was a little nervous about doing that, but I was just not liking the usual collar. It was really easy, I just had to unpick the seam, remove the offending collar, and then I slid some ric-rack in there and topstitched it.