Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Striped Maternity Dress

Another quick and easy maternity dress! This time I used McCalls 6612- NOT a maternity pattern. However, because this is a knit dress, it accommodated my swelling bump without adjustments.
I used a blue and green jersey I purchased at Joann Fabrics earlier in the Spring. You can't see it very well in the photo but there is a thin metallic thread running between each stripe which is a nice touch. I spent $22 on fabric.

When sewing garments made for knits with the Big 4, I usually go with 2 sizes smaller than what is recommended by the envelope. However, I only sized down by 1 size below my PRE-pregnant measurements and this worked out well.

The dress is fast and easy. I finished the neckline with seam binding- which was the only change I made.

I am really happy with this dress. It is comfortable and easy to wear- yet you still look a little more dressed up than typical maternity casual RTW. When I wore this out the first time, I received several compliments from friends. I was also stopped by a stranger who told me she was looking for cute maternity wear but couldn't find anything and wanted to know where I got my dress from! Another plus is that this will still work next year when I'm not pregnant!


Friday, August 2, 2013

Floral Maternity Top

I've only a few more maternity projects to show you and then I'm on to my Fall/post-maternity sewing!
I used Kwik Sew 3487 for this top. It's a pretty run of the mill design as far as maternity wear is concerned. The top has a faux wrap bodice with a attached tie belt.
I used an ITY floral print jersey from the stash that I had purchased from Fabric.com sometime ago.
This is my first time using a Kwik Sew pattern. I sewed a large based off of my early second trimester measurements. It turned out a bit big, especially in the bust area. I probably should have done a medium.
It was very easy to sew and the instructions were straight forward. I didn't make any adjustments or design changes.
The V-neck is a bit low. In fact I have mine safety pinned together a few inches above where it starts for modesty.
Overall, it's a very comfortable top that was easy to make. It works very well for maternity purposes and could be made up in a variety of prints and colors.