+ Maternity or non maternity striped knit tapered dress

Sometimes I just get sick of settling for a black long maxi skirt after trying on ten dress/skirts every sunday. Nothing non-pregnant fits over my massive belly. Who knew I owned and refashioned so many dang pencil skirts. Anyway, thus this striped knit tapered dress was created…with the goal to fit my growing belly and my non-prego belly (though I may have to take it in a little). 
I’m a new contributor over at Megan Nielsen’s DIY Maternity! For those of you ladies that want some awesome pregnancy ideas, fashion and tutorials…this is the place to go! Please check it out!!
A little warning…I didn’t intend for this to be a tutorial, but I snapped a few shots anyway.

SUPPLIES:
2 yards knit fabric
knit top you like the fit off
elastic
scissors
sewing machine
thread
*optional – serger 
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Cut out a rectangle for the bottom that measures at least twice the length of your waist (make sure this is the stretchier part of the fabric), and the width as long as you want.
2. Sew the to ends of the rectangle together with straight stitch (hamburger style). and the ends of the elastic.
3. Sew in the elastic to the top of the rectangle with zig zag or invisible hem stitch by marking the rectangle and elastic into fourths, and matching them up as you stretch the elastic as you sew.
4. Cut the bottom of the skirt into a taper if you like.
5. Cut the top of the dress from tracing a knit top you like the fit of, you only need to cut till your natural waist, plus an inch.
6. Sew up the sides and shoulders with straight stitch. Hem the sleeves if you like. I rolled and tacked them
7. Hem the neckline by folding it over 3/4 of an inch and sew. It will seem tight and that you are stretching a bit, but that is exactly what you want! If you make the hem too small (less then 3/4 or 1 inch) then it made flop out on you. And because knit doesn’t really fray, you can just fold once. *Optional – I added a peter pan collar, but no need for it.
8. Pull the top into the dress with right sides of the dress and top touching. Pin by matching up the seams. I marked every fourth like I did earlier on the top and the bottom to make it perfectly even.
9. Sew on the elastic while stretching it to line up on the markings. I sewed from the  near center to off the edge of the skirt’s elastic with an invisible hem stitch or zig zag stitch, so it will be hidden.

Comments

  1. lovely tutorials! im following u :)

  2. Lovely is right! So cute on you!

  3. I LOVE this dress! You got amazing skills with the machine girl!

  4. I am so impressed! It looks great! love the bright blue accents!

    Lindsey Turner
    http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com

  5. Cute dress… and I loved the shoes!!!!

  6. You are amazing! I want to try this, but am so nervous!

  7. So darling. I want one.

  8. Oh my goodness, I love you. I’ve been feeling the same way every Sunday. This will be perfect!

  9. Gorgeous! :)

  10. love it!

  11. so cuteeee! :)
    love your blog and followed
    best wishes
    acemiterzi.blogspot.com

  12. so simple, but came out so cute :) thx for the tutorial

  13. I need a dress like this so bad, I really don’t know if I am capable of making one so cute, love the peter pan collar!

    http://gandacummings.blogspot.com

  14. OH MY GOODNESS. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I wish I knew how to sew and stuff because I could so use this right now!

  15. Awesome I love it, you look really pretty. love the shoes.

  16. What a fabulous idea, love the gorgeous shoes as well.

    C x

  17. you look lovely! The high-low dress looks great on prego ladies :)

  18. You might be the most adorable pregnant person ever. And I don’t know how you’re pulling off those shoes, when I was that pregnant my feet were huge and all I could shove them into was some old ratty tennis shoes! If I’d tried to wear those heels I would have toppled over from being so front-heavy. I want to run out right now to find some knit for this dress!

  19. Sooooo cute! I want to make one for myself!

    -Ashley
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

  20. Great blog:)
    Kisses from New York!
    http://www.TheBrunetteWorld.com
    xxx

  21. Ahh! So cool! I looove all your posts about taking old clothes and turning them into something new!! So creative!

  22. You’re the most gorgeous lady ever! And I LOVE that dress, it’s perfect!

  23. Wow. Seriously inspired to learn how to sew. You have a wonderful talent….and you make pregnancy look gooooood. Thanks for sharing!
    -Kristen

    The Mrs. and The Momma

  24. You had me at peter pan collar! This is adorable!! Can’t wait to try a non-preggers version! :) I think I might do mine without sleeves!

    http://www.LadyMockingbird.com

  25. Oh, I love it! I will have to try this! I’m 20 weeks along this week & seriously, if I see one more dagy black maternity ‘thing’ I’m going to lose the plot!xx

  26. Oh this is so cute! I’m not pregnant but I would love to wear something like this! Oooh, thanx!

    Natalie
    http://www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

  27. This is really lovely and funny I should find it today…I was just writing on my blog yesterday (from an article I’d found about how to dress your bump) that pregnant ladies shouldn’t wear horizontal stripes – I personally disagree and it’s started a bit of a discussion as to the merits of the stripe and we all agree that they should be worn!

    I’ve pointed everyone here too to prove my point :)

    Hannah – http://www.mumsdays.com

  28. Do you have any tips for working with knits? I’m inspired to try some of your tutorials, but I have problems with wrinkly seams.

  29. You look gorgeous!!Hope the pregnancy is going perfectly.

  30. I love this! I am not too great at sewing, but I think I may attempt this as I am 8 months pregnant and have nothing to wear to my baby shower next weekend!

  31. I think you could wear this after you have your next little one. You look wonderful in everything you put on! xo

  32. LOVE THIS!! ♥ Meghan, The Flight of Fancy

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