Monday, July 21, 2014

DIY Maternity Dress

I have been totally neglecting the blog for some time...oops! I actually have so many things photographed and done, but never seem to find the energy to put up a post. I am now 30 weeks along with my 3rd child and my energy is completely gone. But, I am going to at least attempt to put a few things up and feel like I have actually accomplished something. Plus, now that I am at 30 weeks, these baby bump photos don't seem nearly as horrific to me as they did at the time. I think I was around 22 weeks when they were taken and sadly this seems pretty small to me now :)

This DIY sheath dress was a mix of 2 patterns. For the skirt portion I used Megan Nielsen's Ruched Maternity Pencil Skirt in a size medium. For the top I used the FREE Deer and Doe Plantain T-Shirt Pattern in a size 38. I taped the 2 patterns together and had to move things around until they looked like what I thought would be the right proportions of the top of the dress and the skirt. The two patterns will not line up size wise, but use your best judgment to blend the two lines to create your dress pattern. I blended the two patterns starting a couple inches below the bust on the t-shirt and using the regular full pattern on the skirt.

This was my 2nd time using the skirt pattern and I am not sold on it for my body type. It is definitely form fitting and you have to be alright really flaunting what you have...and I certainly have curves on the bottom half of my body. But, I went with it anyway, and in this heavier knit fabric, I don't hate it.
The fabric was purchased from Michael Levine and can be found here. The fabric was awesome to work with and I secretly wish I wouldn't have used it on a maternity dress that I have only worn a couple times. It is heavier knit and has the perfect amount of thickness for this form fitting dress.  It is also super soft and comfortable.

It was a quick sew and I am glad I had a fun dress for Easter and Mother's Day, but overall I am not sure the amount of usage really justifies the making of the dress. But, hopefully I will be able to pass it along to someone I know that can get some more mileage out of it. This bump is way past being able to fit in it now :)



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