For the first little while after having a baby my size and shape are constantly changing. I usually wear some of my maternity clothing for the first couple of months, but eventually I don’t fit into my maternity clothing and also don’t fit into my pre-pregnancy clothing. I have a tiny wardrobe for that in between stage, but all my tops and dresses need to be nursing-friendly. Luckily, here are thirteen non-maternity sewing patterns that are all perfectly nursing-friendly, but they don’t scream nursing-friendly! (And three are free!)
I’m so excited to announce the re-release of the Rie dress and top PDF sewing pattern!
Rie is a tunic dress or top with yoke and above elbows sleeves. Pattern features fitted yoke with gathers from above the bust and can be worn as maternity wear. Version 1 is a tunic dress with above elbow sleeves. Version 2 is a sleeveless maxi dress. Version 3 is a short sleeve top.
The original pattern has been adjusted to make it work beautifully as maternity and non-maternity wear. We’ve also added two new variations- a short sleeved top and a sleevelesss maxi dress which includes lengths for petite and tall heights.
We’ve had so many requests to bring Rie back, and I am so excited to finally share the new and improved pattern with you! I really hope you enjoy it!
Fitted maternity clothing are my preferred outfits; they make me feel so cute and put together. And the great knits that we have access to these days makes fitted clothes really comfortable. I love wearing my gorgeous ruched maternity dress; I want to wear it every week! I mashed up the Cara maternity tshirt pattern and the Erin maternity skirt pattern. If you’d like to make your own, there’s a great tutorial how to make a ruched maternity dress here on DIY Maternity. A ruched maternity dress is fantastic on it’s own with some great accessories, but since maternity wardrobes are somewhat limited here are four other ways to wear a ruched maternity dress!
- The first way to wear the dress is by itself. I love wearing a ruched maternity dress because I feel so pretty and flattered while showing off my cute baby bump.
- Wear a vest with the dress. Think fur vest, denim vest, quilted vest, military vest, etc. You could create a whole bunch of outfits just based on vests and a ruched dress. I’m wearing a DIY fur vest with my dress (which might be my very favorite way to wear the dress).
- Wear a sweater or loose tee over the dress. Since it’s winter here and my dress has long sleeves, I’m limited to long sleeve tops. Wearing a top over the dress makes it double as a maternity pencil skirt and giving this skirt twice as much wear.
- Wear a cardigan with the dress. Cardigans are a pregnant woman’s best friend. You can wear them at any stage of pregnancy and post-partem without any fear of stretching it out. They come in lots of styles and can work with lots of different outfits. Right now I’m love cocoon cardigans and grandpa cardigans for warmth and comfort, but this dress would look great for more professional settings with a fitted, cropped cardigan. Try it with all your cardigans to see what outfit you can come up with!
- Lastly, wear a button-up shirt over the dress. This is another way to make your dress work as a skirt. In the early to middle stages of your pregnancy, you could wear your regular button ups over the dress. Once those won’t button over your tummy, wear your maternity button up shirts over the dress or a loose men’s button up shirt. Wouldn’t it look cute with the hem tied right above or below your bump? My shirt had 3/4 sleeves, so I pushed my dress’s long sleeves up just under the cuff. I love the dark color peeking out at the end of the sleeves.
What ways do you like to wear a ruched maternity dress?