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.)
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.