I wore this dress frequently throughout my pregnancy, it was flattering and very very comfortable. It was great for the winter and now it is carrying through to the spring quite nicely. I would pop on thick long sweater and wool hat with my suede booties for a more dressy cold weather look or I would through on some converse and tie a jean button up around my waist to make it a more casual on-the-go kind of look. One of my musts for the pregnancy wardrobe.
And if you want to shorten it to the, this tutorial works for any length….it will look cute too.
-3 or 4 yards of lightweight to medium woven or knit fabric (if you want your belly to grow into it, I would stick with knit)
-tee shirt you like the fit of that isn’t snug around the prego belly
1. Lay down a top you like the fit of (in the shoulders and chest, worry about the belly later) onto your fabric (if using knit keep in mind the stretch needs to run from left to right), and trace around the shoulders, neckline, arm openings and chest (don’t make the chest too tight, leave some room and you can take in later if you want) and make sure that you are leaving plenty of length for it to hit the floor with seam allowance. You basically want it to taper from the armpit down into a nice A line or swing depending on how flowy you want it to be. If you don’t want to worry about adding sleeves, then continue the shoulder seams longer to make a sleeve like the image below. But if you want real sleeves you can follow this tutorial HERE. After you mark out the top, taper the dress outwards from the armpit or chest out to \ at least cover the belly width +3 inches then continue to taper. The more wide your taper is the more gathered and flowy it will look. My dress is more or an A-line. Cut out the front and back piece. Make sure you have enough room on the fabric for everything, this dress calls for a lot of fabric.
2. Sew up the side seams and the shoulder seams with right sides together (outside of the fabric or main side of the fabric showing).
3. Hem the bottom at least 3/4″ to 1″. Hem the neckline using this tutorial HERE or if you want to go an easier route which is what I did on this dress, just sew it under – if knit it will easily stretch as you sew it and you can roll it a few times…if a woven fabric you can maybe get away with rolling it once 1/4″ then again another 1/4″. The last is a little more difficult.