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

6. Next, find the centre of your dress section material by folding the 42 inch piece in half vertically.

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Fold skirt portion in half to find the center,

7. Align that middle point to the center of the bust section (the seam is the rear center), with right sides together.

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You may also have one finished edge being sewn to the skirt portion if you took the extra step earlier.

8. Don’t forget to flatten your seams down before pinning ad sewing the sections together.

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Flatten the fold before sewing the sections together to avoid bunching,

9. Sew from that middle point to the front and center of the bust section (measure, it’s not 36 inches anymore!) one one side, and then the other (two starts and stops).

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Sew from the back middle to the front centre, twice. You WILL have excess fabric at the front.

10. Flip right side out. You WILL have excess fabric at the front, and they should be even if measured correctly. If not, no worries, it simply creates an uneven draping (that’s how I did it, ha).

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The front of the dress once the skirt section material is sewn and secured.

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The back of the dress once the skirt section material is sewn and secured.

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This is what the final dress should look like from the front once all is sewn and secured, and the excess material is left to drape down the front.

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Last but not least, here is a quick in-use photo on our lovely Mom-to-Be Torri. You will notice that I left the front panels a little longer so that they are just long enough to go over the average sized baby bump as not all pregnant women want to display their bare belly. Especially in this cold snowy weather weather! The longer the skirt section, the longer and more “fluffy” the “caught in the wind” section will be. This one was 5 feet long. If I were to redo it, I would go with 8 feet as to have a 3-5 foot “train”.

 

Here are in-studio captures of the hand-made maternity gown, which I use quite frequently for maternity portrait sessions:DIY Tutorial Maternity Gown - Final Product

DIY Tutorial Maternity Gown - Final Product

The longer the skirt section, the longer and more “fluffy” the “caught in the wind” section will be. This one was 5 feet long. If I were to redo it, I would go with 8 feet as to have a 3-5 foot “train”.