I had the honor of making a custom order maternity dress last week. I don’t normally do an order like this, but I could tell the girl really wanted it for her sister who’s pregnant. She had seen the dress I had made for myself when I was pregnant with miss E and liked it a lot. I also figured since they are local, if there were any fit issues, it would be easy to meet up and address that.
I had fun with the design process as well. She said it had to be blue and to also incorporate brown and cream as well. So I did my very first fashion drawing. I used this tutorial to help get me started. I made two basic ones first, then scanned it into the computer and put a few on each page. I went to color it in with ideas with crayons, but we didn’t have any in these colors. So I whipped out my girls water colors. That was fun. Makes me want to give water painting a go. Here are a few phone pics of that process.
Since it’s a maternity dress, it needed to be as comfy as possible, so I used knit fabric. It offers lots of room to grown and even looks good without a pillow underneath of it Because, yes I did try it on since the measurements (except the belly) were super close to my own. haha. I hand stitched the lace flowers on. I cut them out of a fabric I found at Hobby Lobby. I looked and looked for some vintage curtains to use like in my dress, but alas, didn’t find any here. It all worked out though. -Jess