A Dress for Mommy

Maternity Dress

We had a wedding to go to this past weekend and I had really wanted to try making a dress for myself. I had bought this pattern a few weeks ago during JoAnn’s $1 Simplicity Pattern sale and figured I could easily modify it for maternity. I wasn’t able to have anyone snap some pics of it there, so I used my camera tripod and timer yesterday for the first time! It must have been quite a scene trying to watch me do that! lol. I think I found a better place in the garage for shots now. So, from now on, “my” clothing shots might not be very creative, but at least I will get pics of them :)


It turns out to be a pretty easy sew. Like most store bought patterns, I had to reread some of the directions and stare at the pics at times to make sure I understood what to do, but it went together very well.

The bump grows....

After sewing it, I don’t even know if I would have needed to modify it for my belly in the first place. It has a lot of room. I ended up having to take it in 4 inches on the side. The only thing I did was add more room up front for my protruding belly, but the material I had was stretchy so maybe not so necessary. And since a few of you asked:
“Was wondering, did you do the slit down the back also?”
I did, but it was so long, I was able to sew it more than half way up my back (so it would be above the bra line) and still easily slip it on with no problem. I used a little hook at the top to hold it. It has the option to use a zipper, but I was not in the mood to try that.

Modified Pattern to Maternity

I don’t think I would use this material again either. It was a shirting material. I bought it because I wanted a material that wasn’t see through and had some stretch. But, I would recommend buying a fabric with a nice drape. I think it would lay better. I am happy with it though :) It’s my first dress I have made for myself with a pattern. I have decided that using patterns isn’t all that bad actually. I like the fit a lot better, that’s for sure. Plus, I don’t usually waste a project. I am working on more maternity things and I can’t wait to share them! My hubby said my daughter has enough clothes right now and I should focus on myself a bit. I agree :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Resurrection Day on Sunday! Love, Jess

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Comments

  1. says

    That is a super cute dress! I really like the colors too, I think you are definitely right about the drape though. I stare at store-bought patterns quite often also… guilty ;).

    Was wondering, did you do the slit down the back also?

  2. says

    “Was wondering, did you do the slit down the back also?”

    I did, but it was so long, I was able to sew it more than half way up my back and still easily slip it on with no problem. I used a little hook at the top to hold it. It has the option to use a zipper, but I was not in the mood to try that! lol.

  3. says

    Great job! I love starting with a pattern that fits and then altering it with my own style. Saves a ton of time and usually results in more efficient use of fabric! Definitely take some time to make things for yourself . . .after all you will have a new subject to make things for too soon!

  4. says

    first off, you look great!!! can’t believe that belly has grown so much. eeek! great job on the dress too, and i agree too…you should be a little selfish and make more things for you. :)

  5. says

    I agree you are too cute and the dress is really nice. Thanks for the Resurrection Day wishes! We hada a wonderful time giving praise and honor to Jesus. Pray your was great too.

  6. says

    I love that you said Happy Resurrection Day at the end! That is what we say in our family! Adorable dress too! Love it!

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