DIY Maternity Dress

November 16, 2013  •  9 Comments

Hello Everyone!

I recently tried my hand at making a maternity dress and thought I would share the tutorial with anyone who wanted to know how to make one for themselves. I plan on making a variation of this out of stretchy lace in the next few weeks.

Here's a few pics of it in use:

As far as materials go, I used approx. 4 meters of white chiffon fabric I picked up at a local fabric store. And some white thread. That's about it!

Firstly, I cut two lengths of chiffon to make the bottom of the dress that hangs over the belly. I made them just over 1 meter long, to me it doesn't matter if the material pools on the floor and I wanted it to be versatile so I could use it on all heights of women. Then, I ran a lose running stitch along the top of one length, pulling at the end to make it gather at the top. I did this to each piece.

Then I took 1.5 meters of fabric and folded it into a tube (in half twice so it wasn't see through but was wide enough to cover the breast area.) Make sure this is big enough to cover momma's chest (which is usually larger during pregnancy.) I pinned the unfinished edges together and ran it through the sewing machine. 

Then I hand stitched down the center of the top piece loosely and pulled it so it bunched up to make a sweetheart neckline. 

Next, I pinned the two bottom pieces to the top, starting in the middle section, so that the fabric can part to show momma's tummy is desired. I hand stitched these pieces together (my sewing machine is old and i was worried about it having issues bunching and whatnot.)

You now have the barebones of the dress. I left the ends of the top unfinished so that it ties up in the back to make it adjustable. 

 

Now You can leave it like this, but i found that it made the chest area too flat for my taste. I cut another piece of chiffon slightly wider than the chest panel and hand stitched in a twist in the middle.

I also hand stitched under the armpit area of both sides to give it volume. I just tie this part over the chest if I feel it needs it.

Here's the chest area with the piece on top:

Hope this helps! 

If you tried to make this, I would LOVE to see your pictures!!

Thanks for reading.

Kim.


Comments

Arleen(non-registered)
This is awesome. Thanks for sharing. I will try and I hope it comes out just as nice
Jessi(non-registered)
Just curious about the edges? Did you do anything special to them so that they wouldn't fray?
Becky Johnston -Don't Blink Portraits, Thomasville, NC(non-registered)
OMG mine turned out great! Thanks for posting this! It only took me about an hour to make it and it worked fantastic! Wish I could add a picture for you to see, but you can look on my website: www.dontblinkportraits.com.
Jinny Wong--Facebook.com/fuzzybellycreations(non-registered)
Thanks for posting this--I'm so excited to make it!
Kayla(non-registered)
How long is it finished, and how did the unfinished edges hold up?
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