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tutorial: two seam maternity dress

October 21st, 2014


So excited to share this tutorial with you today!! I’ve mentioned this before, but during pregnancy i have like a million more “i hate everything in my closet what am i going to wear” days. Thats what happened on the day i made this dress. I was frustrated and i wanted to wear something flowy and chic and i wanted it 5 minutes ago. So i came up with this nifty little dress. It involved 2 seams, some clever cutting and voila, chic easy going maternity wear.

I will absolutely be making more of this little number and its so easy that i feel that a tutorial is very very necessary. This is one of those pieces that works just as well for the pregnant gal and the non-pregnant gal, can be made shorter to be a top instead, and fantastically is perfect for beginners who want quick results with very little sewing knowledge or effort required.

Sometimes simple is best! Am i right?! Okay ready to learn how?

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Megan Nielsen Maternity Collection Lookbook!!

March 28th, 2013

You guys! i’m so excited to finally be able to share with you the lookbook for my maternity sewing patterns! It’s been a long time coming and lots and lots of work – but i’m so thrilled to finally put all these pieces together in a lookbook!

We all had such a blast working on these shots – and i think the fun of the day really shows through. I really love it when everything comes together perfectly. And seriously, could our model be more perfect? i think not – she rocked it!

I really can’t wait to hear what you think!! i’m just so excited to share them with you all!! I really hope you enjoy them!! i know i already said that but i’m just that excited hehehehe Eeeeek! *excitable shrieking!* 

ok evidently i need to calm down… i’ll go get a coffee now hehehe

Please feel free to share them, pin them, whatever!

Meg XOXO

Megan Nielsen Perfect Nursing Top sewing pattern MN1001 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1001 Megan Nielsen Perfect Nursing & Maternity top sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen Pina dress & top sewing pattern MN1002 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1002 Megan Nielsen Pina dress & top sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen wrapped maternity top sewing pattern MN1003 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1003 Megan Nielsen Wrapped maternity top sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen Nursing & Maternity Lingerie set sewing pattern MN1004 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1004 Megan Nielsen Nursing & Maternity lingerie set sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen Rie dress & top sewing pattern MN1005 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1005 Megan Nielsen Rie dress & top sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen Ruched maternity tshirt sewing pattern MN1006 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1006 Megan Nielsen Ruched maternity tshirt sewing pattern]

Megan Nielsen ruched maternity skirt sewing pattern MN1008 // @megan_nielsen[SHOP: MN1008 Megan Nielsen ruched maternity skirt sewing pattern]

[Credits]

Model: Holly Matthews // Chadwicks
Photographer: Ebony Frost // Ebony Frost Photography
Floral arrangments: c/o Sarah Cooper // Rose & Pearl Events
Hair & Makeup: Emma Schroeder // Milla Makeup
Styling & shoot assist: Yvette Brownlie
Designs & styling: Megan Nielsen 

A very very big thank you to everyone involved!!

My first post and a maternity dress!

April 11th, 2012
Hello ladies! I’m Lizzie over at Cotton and Curls, and I’m SO excited to be a contributor over here at DIY Maternity! I know how frustrating it can be to clothe a prego body, even at little (feeling very big) 26 weeks, and I’m just here to help with that frustration! I hope over the next 4 months or so I will give you some ideas and inspiration to look like a HOT momma – my first pregnancy, I wore sweat pants and an over sized tee the entire time, so hopefully I can help myself too.
Sometimes I just get sick of settling for a black long maxi skirt after trying on ten dress/skirts every sunday. Nothing non-pregnant fits over my massive belly. Who knew I owned and refashioned so many dang pencil skirts. Anyway, thus this striped knit tapered dress was created…with the goal to fit my growing belly and to wear with my non-prego belly (though I may have to take it in a little).
SUPPLIES:
2 yards knit fabric
knit top you like the fit off
elastic
scissors
sewing machine
thread
*optional – serger
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A Stretch Maternity Dress Tutorial with Tes Pes al Miayo

September 6th, 2011

Hi! This is Blanca from Tes Pes al Miayo. I am a mother of two year old twins, boy and girl, that are, of course, the love of my life. I work as a full time engineer, so I only get to sew (and blog) at night… and I’m not a big photographer, that’s why all my pictures look so dim. I have little experience in blogging but, thanks to my mum and grandma, I have been sewing almost all my life. My technique may not be fully pro, but most of the time things turn out just fine!

I offered my modest blogging and sewing skills to Megan, and guess what? She accepted! Thank you, Megan, for having me.

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The Lulu Dress and Top *FREE PATTERN*

May 31st, 2011


I am so excited to announce that I will be making my Lulu dress and top pattern available for free from now on!!

How cool is that?! I love this pattern so much and I hope you do too!! Since it’s created with rows of shirring it’s perfect for throughout your pregnancy and beyond!

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The Grecian Maternity Maxi dress

May 25th, 2011

I really love how this dress turned out!! Sometimes I think it’s good to look at non-maternity clothing to get inspiration for maternity wear – and the other day when I saw this dress from Jcrew I thought it would make a great maternity dress with a few changes. Like an empire waist instead of natural waistline – and elastic instead of drawstring.

And this is what I arrived at! Cute hey?? And it was so ridiculously easy! A great beginner project!
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Maternity Empire Waist Dress by Maggie of Smashed Peas and Carrots

April 9th, 2011
Hi everyone *waves*!  I’m Maggie from the blog Smashed Peas and Carrots.  I am super thrilled to be visiting DIY maternity today!  When I was pregnant with my #3 last summer (who is now my crazy crawling little 8 month old girl named Eloise!) I was just itching to wear pretty, airy dresses in the hot and sticky summer humidity.  This dress fit the bill perfectly.  To make it I upcycled an old tank shirt which allowed me to breathe some new life into some of my closet cast-offs, it makes me love this dress even more!

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