Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Me Made: Ruched Maternity Dress

1.20.2016

Me Made: Ruched Maternity Dress

I have always wanted a ruched maternity dress ever since the style came out a couple of years ago. I just never got around to it with my other pregnancies. This time it was one of the first things on my list. It has been done for a couple of weeks, but I'm just getting around to blogging about it. I've worn it a lot since it's really comfortable and really cute. It's super basic and versatile; I love it! If you don't believe me on how versatile and basic it is, check out 5 ways to wear a ruched maternity dress on DIY Maternity.
I mashed the two patterns the Cara maternity tshirt pattern and the Erin maternity skirt pattern together. It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be, and it came together really easily. The only changes I made were to add 2" of length to the body and 1" to the sleeves. I also added a neckband because that's my preferred method of finishing knit necklines.
I don't actually know what kind of fabric this is. It's a jersey knit with cotton and spandex and maybe something else. I got some leftovers from a warehouse and they used it to make yoga shirts so it's flexibility and returnability is amazing. It really is an awesome and comfortable fabric. It's a black and charcoal heathered color.
I also built in some simple shapewear to the dress since my fabric was on the thinner side. For both the front and the back I cut extra pieces that went from the empire line to just under my hips. I didn't finish the edges and just sewed them into the dress as if they were combined with the dress piece. To prevent the fabric from rolling I hand sewed a catchstitch (a stretch handstitch) on each unfinished edge. (I really tried getting a picture of the handstitch, but it blends in so well even on the inside.)
This is one of my most favorite maternity makes and maybe even one of my favorite makes for myself ever. It's flattering, comfortable, basic, and versatile.
Heather

3 comments:

  1. This looks amazing on you! I made a similar mashup with my Erin Ruched Skirt pattern and my Lark Tee pattern with some ITY knit. It's very similar to a Target maternity dress I purchased on clearance at the beginning of my pregnancy. I would kill for some of that yoga fabric--what a score!

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  2. This dress is gorgeous on you heather!

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  3. This looks so good on you.

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