Since I'm almost done being pregnant for the second time I figured I'd do a tutorial for a dress that actually fits me. I also literally have no clothes that fit me that don't have a bunch of holes in them so it was nice to have something new. Here's what you need:
- 1.5 yards of fabric
- Matching thread
- 34 inches of 1/4 inch elastic
- Sewing supplies and machine
1. Using and tee shirt that fits you as a guide, cut out the front and back body pieces. Obviously you have to make it longer, just measure yourself and cut fabric accordingly.
2. Use the same tee shirt to cut out two sleeves and neckline pieces.
3. With front sides facing each other, pin and sew the top two sleeves together using a zig-zag stitch.
4. Lay your dress out flat. Pin and sew the sleeves like so using a zig-zag stitch.
5. With the right sides facing each other again, pin both sides of the dress from the arm opening to the bottom and sew using a zig-zag stitch.
6. Hem the dress.
7. Sew the neckline pieces together to create a circle. Sew the circle on to the front side of the dress. Turn the dress inside out, iron the circle down and sew. Use a straight stitch for this step.
8. Now for the elastic. With the dress inside out, I measured 6 inches from the arm pit then another 24 inches on the seams of both sides of the dress. I cut my elastic to 17 inches and, using a straight stitch, stretched the elastic as much as I could starting from that 6 inch mark down to the 24 inch mark all while trying to keep it as even as possible with the seam of the dress. it's a lot easier than it sounds I promise.
Here's the finished dress. At least now I have something that fits to wear out to dinner before this baby comes. You can shop my look and similar looks here. Happy sewing!