I love this dress SO dang much that I wanted you guys to see it in a different light, non-maternity that is. I was VERY excited that it works on non-maternity bodies. Phew! But if you haven’t and want to see this in a maternity fashion, go HERE.
Who is this tall, pretty lady you ask? My oh so patient, sister-in-law Emily from emdickson (you have to check out her lifestyle blog). She lets me come take pictures of her…well can you blame me? She is gorgeous and I have a watermelon sized belly sitting under my shirt. I’m lucky to have a non-prego lady to help me out. Thanks Em!
2 yards knit fabric
knit top you like the fit off
*optional – serger
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 bottom 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.