+ DIY very easy maternity sheath dress tutorial (non-maternity included!)

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As a pregnant lady, one of the biggest battles (along with stretch marks and nausea) is fitting into clothing. Let me tell you how much I HATE pants right now. Obviously buttoning them up, or even fitting in them isn’t a possibility. I have 2 pairs of pants that fit me somewhat comfortably but as of last week, one now doesn’t. As you can conclude, I prefer knit dresses and skirts….boy oh boy are they comfy. And cute too! Thus a quick maternity sheath dress is born, also last DIY’s pencil skirt. Hoping to make myself more sane during this pregnancy. I have made quite a few sheath dresses, like a non-maternity floral contrasting one and this refashioned one, which tells you I’m all about the comfort. I really would prefer to tie a jean top around the waist to cover up the booty paired with some all stars and a baseball cap and I’m ready to go run a million errands for my house remodel.
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dress: selfmade (DIY below)     non-maternity DIY dress: here and here      hat: h&m        shoes: franco sarto (found at nordstrom rack)   mood lip stain: amazon

Supplies:

1.5 yards of fabric (I choose knit so I didn’t have to add darts and it could have a comfortable stretch to it)
thread
scissors
pins
sewing machine
measuring tape

 

Instructions:
1. You can use either template, If you want to make a very accurate dress or paper pattern, follow the first template. If you want to make something quick ..follow the second.

 

Take the measurements listed in the template below, draw it out on paper, making a center line down the whole skirt pattern to help keep things perfect. After you get your measurements Add at least an inch of seam allowance to the baby bump, chest, ribcage and hips –> then divide these 3 measurements by 2 for just the front half of the skirt. You are only making 1 pattern of the front half of the skirt so these 4 measurements need to be divided by 2. Just for reassurance…I added a few inches around the chest, waist and hips for the first pattern, just in case. Draw out your measurements on a paper to look like the first image below!

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2. Once you have cut out your front and back piece. Sew up the sides to the armpit, and the shoulder seam. (if you prefer to attach sleeves before the side seam is sewn up, refer to this tutorial)

 

3. Cut out how deep you want the front and back neckline, leaving 1/2″ for the hem.

 

4. Sew the sleeves and the neckline under (knit fabric should allow this easily)

 

5. Hem the bottom, I did a blind hem (tutorial here), but you can do a topstitch.

6. Cut out the sleeves by tracing out one of your sleeves  from a knit top or dress (I usually take apart an old shirt or use just the sleeve part to a pattern. But you can make it a little longer. Fold in half right sides together, sew into tube and hem.

7. Slide sleeve RST into sleeve opening while shirt is inside out. So the right side of the sleeve and shirt are touching. Sew along the edge of both. Repeat with the other side. This tutorial’s pictures can help you out here. OR insert the sleeve like this before you sew the side seams up then refer to this tutorial.

**For the quick and dirty version (always my favorite), just trace out your dress from another and follow above instructions 2-7.

 

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NON-MATERNITY VERSION: head over HERE for tutorial

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Comments

  1. rock that badunkadunk, don’t be ashamed!!

  2. I think you’re one of the few women who can look amazing in a sheath dress. Seriously. Most of us turn to cottage cheese and herniated belly buttons during pregnancy, which do not look pretty peeking through a fitted knit dress.

    Best of luck with all the remodeling projects!

  3. Amazing outfit!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

  4. Wow you are very talented, this dress looks amazing on you. I wish I would have known how to do these things when I was pregnant.
    xx, jodi
    http://highheelsandtutus.com

  5. I can imagine that all you need is comfy clothes right now! But WOW, you make “easy” look so incredibly stylish!

  6. I love this! You look great. Congratulations!

  7. You look very pretty. And the dress suits you well! :)

  8. I really appreciate your tutorials! I’ve been (unofficially) following you for over a year and improved so much in confidence and quality just letting your stuff inspire and educate me. I just finished the tulle skirt (with the help of my sister) for another sister’s Christmas present. She’s been wanting one for a long time, but the least expensive one she could find was $185. All the materials for the one I made didn’t exceed $30 and I’m SO pleased with it. She’s going to LOVE it.

  9. Nice hat :)

  10. nota freaking sheathdress says:

    cute dress, but this drives me nuts. BODYCON not sheath.

  11. You look so cute by the way! love the glow!!

  12. Thank you for being such an inspiration! Feel free to check out my designs on my blog :)

  13. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  14. Love the dress! You’re beautiful! ♥

    http://www.MARTAsFASHIONdiary.com/

  15. Congrats on your new bundle of joy! You look amazing. Dresses are always comfy and make you feel prettier.

  16. Such a great idea! Love when ladies show off the bump.

  17. Dresses are definitely my go-to when I need to go out but don’t want to put effort into an actual outfit. It looks great on you :) Where do you buy fabric from for your projects? Sometimes Joann’s just doesn’t cut it for me, I was wondering where you buy fabric that you need?

  18. You look beautiful!

  19. I love that dress! Maybe I will even pull out my sewing machine to attempt it!
    I am currently doing a giveaway on my blog and I would love for you to join =)
    http://shannonolson.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-stack-shack-giveaway.html

  20. So Cute! I love this! You look fantastic.

    http://moonlightchai.com

  21. Mae your maternity pencil skirt a few days ago and now I think I’ll make this one tomorrow! Hubbys got a (sadly casual, I always want a reason to dress up) work party Friday that it’ll be perfect for!

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