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.
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!