DIY Pregnancy Gown for Maternity Photography – Part 1 (visit page 2 of the tutorial)

We’ve all seen them. They are all absolutely gorgeous. They are also very sound investments if purchased from the proper vendor. For example, Ana Brandt’s TOPAN store has stunning maternity gowns, dresses, outfits, and bra’s for maternity portrait sessions (or just to wear actually!). They are quality products, and if I were local I would be splurging left, right and center on those gorgeous finds. Unfortunately shipping internationally puts a cramp on things for additional costs and time required to receive the product. And, well, what I REALLY wanted, she didn’t have.. Who knew finding a dusty-rose lacy gown was so difficult? So, out comes the DIY in me.

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I am very used to creating DIY items, and am no stranger to the sewing machine so if this is your first time, I suggest you test your skills with an upcycled hat first.. The good news is, if you can sew in a straight line, you’re pretty much solid for this. You’ll just need to keep an eye out for right side and wrong side mentions. For purposes of this tutorial, dress will fit sizes of up to a 38C bust, 36 week belly, and a minimum of 5′ tall.

The first step is to gather all your needed supplies for this DIY maternity dress:

    • approx. 8×36+ inch piece of stretchy fabric to be used for the bust bandeau section (I recommend a nice lacy fabric)
      • if the lacy fabric is rather transparent, make sure to get a liner piece in the same size (I recommend a solid stretchy fabric in the same colour)
    • minimum 42+ inch wide piece of fabric to be used for the skirt dress section (I recommend either a nice chiffon fabric or something that you can throw in the air and it naturally falls in a nice cascade of material–testing this at the fabric store is fun).fabric scissorssewing machine
      • the length of this fabric depends on your desired length–minimum of floor length (for the average woman is 5 feet)
      • remember you want a few extra feet for the cascading part to show beautifully in photographs
    • coordinating thread (I used black in this tutorial for ease of visibility)
    • “thread ripper” (I believe the actual name is a stitch remover–how boring!?)
    • measuring tape ribbon
    • clothing iron (optional for smoothing edges and making the seams crisp)
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MY fabric of choice was a gorgeous dusty rose stretch chunky lace and a matching stretch knit (machine washable, and of a thicker variety for winter warmth). You will notice the colour of the table coming through the lace, so for this tutorial I will be demonstrating how to add the inner layer to avoid any “nip-slips”.The next step is to cut your fabric to the desired size.

1. Cut all your fabric to the proper size, EXCEPT the length of the skirt dress section.

2. Grab your two bust section pieces (lace & liner) and put them one on top of the other, right sides together.

3. Sew from one end to the other on ONE side. (you can do both but it’s more work, but it rewards with less dangly peices against mom’s belly).

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Sew across the LONG edge, right sides together (facing in).

4. Flip right side out.

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Flip right side out to get your finished edge. Optional to iron at this step to crisp the edge (make sure it’s at a low temperature so as to not burn the material).

5. Then you will fold your “tube” in half, right sides IN and sew, leaving a 0.5-1 inch seam depending on the stretchiness of the fabric.

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Fold right sides together and sew. Leave a 1 inch seam depending on the stretch.

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