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!
Lets get started!!
- 1.5 to 2 yards of 58″/60″ wide jersey fabric depending on your height (I’d estimate that 1.5 yards would work well for those 5’5″ and under)
- 1/2″ wide elastic
What to do:
1) Measure yourself from just above your bust (around about the crease of your armpit), to where you’d like your hem to lay. Add on 1″ for hem allowances. I am 5’5″ and for me the magic number was 51″ long
2) Fold your fabric in half width ways, and sew the side seam using either a zig zag stitch on a regular machine or a serger.
3) Neaten the top and bottom hems by serging if you’d like. Otherwise you can leave them as is since jersey doesn’t fray.
4) Fold down 3/4″ on the top of the dress, and stitch close to the edge, all the way around, but leaving a 2″ gap unsewn to thread your elastic through.
5) Measure from above your bust to just under. For me this was 9″, but I forgot that jersey stretches (duh) so I found it to be a little long in the bust after making it. So I”d suggest maybe taking an inch or so off your measurement.
6) Cut a strip of fabric 1.5″ tall and as wide/long as the width of your original fabric (ie 58/60″ wide). This is the casing for your underbust elastic. Fold it in half and sew the edge together.
7) On your large tube of fabric, measure down from the top edge as far as your measurement in step 4.
8) Pin your elastic casing on top of the dress, folding under just under 1/4 to 1/2″ on each edge, and then top stitching. I found the easiest method was to put my tube of fabric on the ironing board (it made it easy to pin a section and then turn to another section), and pin the entire top edge, measuring carefully all the way round to make sure it was even. Then topstitching.
Then I went back to my ironing board on carefully pinned the bottom edge. When I topstitched I left 2 ” open to thread the elastic through.
9) Time for elastic! Measure your around your chest above your bust, and around your chest under your bust. Take 2″ off these measurements, and then cut some elastic to be the same lengths. These pieces may by the same length for you, but for me they were different. My overbust was 32″ and my under bust was 30″ so I cut 2 pieces of leastic – one 30″ long and one 28″ long.
10) Thread your overbust elastic though the casing. I find the easiest way is to attach a safety pin. Once you get around to the other side, sew your elastic ends together, and then close up your casing hole.
11) Thread your overbust elastic through the casing. And once again, when you get around to the other side sew your elastic ends together, and then close up your casing hole.
12) Lastly hem your dress by turning under 1/4″ and topstitching.
You’re done!! Enjoy your dress!!
What do you think?? Cute hey?!