How to make a ruched maternity dress with Clio & Phineas

I’m so excited about todays guest post! Clio has been making the most gorgeous maternity wear during her pregnancy. When i saw that she had merged some maternity patterns to create her own maternity dresses i got really excited and asked her to share how she went about combining patterns to make maternity wear. Clio writes over at Clio and Phineas, so when you’re done reading her tutorial please head on over to her lovely blog and check out the rest of her fantastic maternity makes. So much inspiration there! Ok over to Clio.

First off, I was really excited when I was invited to write this guest post. When I learned I was pregnant, I immediately started thinking about and planning a maternity wardrobe even though it was months before I would actually need maternity clothing. So, it’s something that I really thought about and started working on long before I even announced my pregnancy.

I had a lot of grand ideas at first, but in the end I found that focusing on a few key patterns that were easy to sew, were versatile and that I could use again and again was the best way to quickly build a wardrobe that I love and still feels like me.

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DIY cloth baby wipes

I have been cloth diapering my Baby Bird since she was about 2 weeks old, and i noticed very quickly once i started that i didn’t have enough cloth wipes. In a mad panic i ordered more, waited and waited, and then realised: I CAN SEW.

Moments like these i kind of want to bang my head against the wall for being so silly. I mean seriously meg?? My stash of soft flannel fabric is huge and this task simply could not be easier. Grrrr.

So i quickly sat down, cut a bunch of 7″x7″ (18cmx18cm) squares, rounded off the edges, serged/overlocked the raw edges and we were good to go. It was just that easy. So if you use cloth wipes for your babe, or are thinking about it, don’t forget to check out your fabric stash before you buy! Personally i like using flannel or terry cloth for my wipes. It’s always such a good feeling when you can make something rather than buy it right?

Now feel free to giggle at me for forgetting i owned a sewing machine and scissors.

the two seam top

I’ve had a few questions about what the Two Seam Dress looks like unbelted, so i thought i’d quickly share with you another version i made, a two seam top!

I wore this top during my pregnancy almost once a week, and now that baby is out and I am feeding all the time, i’m also happy to report that this top makes a fantastic nursing top and cover up – i will have to take a few photos to show you what i mean! This one was made with more ease than the final tutorial i shared, and is also using a thicker stiffer jersey with much less drape. I think it shows pretty well what i had mentioned in the tutorial, with regards to the design working better with a thin drapey jersey.

To recreate this look use the Two Seam Dress tutorial but at the appropriate length for a top, and add a pair of DIY maternity shorts by remaking an old pair of shorts using one of our great tutorials:

Happy sewing! XOXO

DIYMaternity style // Two Seam top using the Two Seam Dress tutorial from DIYMaternity.com + DIY maternity shorts from old shorts using tutorials on DIYmaternity.com