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Maternity Dress Tutorial

Maternity Dress Tutorial

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Published by suburbiasoup
A tutorial on how to sew a dress.
A tutorial on how to sew a dress.

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Published by: suburbiasoup on Feb 19, 2012
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Maternity Dress Tutorial 
A sweet and simple dress for any gal. Whether you’reexpecting or not, this design is for just about any bodytype!
: medium
Materials needed 
:1/2” yard fabric for top1/4” yard lining for topElastic threadCoordinating multipurpose thread for fabricWater soluble marker or pencil*1 1/2 - 2 yards fabric for skirt (yardage will dependon what style of skirt you make)
:In this tutorial, I only included a PDF pattern for the top.The skirt portion will be your design. There are instructionsto help you attach the skirt to the top at the end of thistutorial.
All of the seams are sewn at 1/4” and make sure to serge (or zig-zag) your raw edges as you go along to prvent any 
Lastly, I am by no means a “professional” seamstress. No formal training in the art of sewing or pattern making so if you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to contact me via blog ( www.happyfind.typepad.com  ) and I will be MORE than happy to help! 
pattern is for personal use and not for resale...thanks!
Happy sewing!!!
cut 2 of fabric cut 2 of lining 
cut 1 of fabric 
side panels 
cut 2 of fabric 
cut 2 of fabric 
lining for side panels 
cut 2 of fabric 
Using the PDF pattern, cut all of your pieces. Makesure your pattern is aligned with the grain of the fabric(FIG.1).
FIG. 1
and a notch along the bottom edge 
(this is your center)
Your pattern will have a notch on the sides 
On your front pattern piece, you willnotice a notch on the sides and onein the center along the bottom edge.This will help you later on (FIG.2).
FIG. 2
mark placement of darts 
FIG. 3FIG. 3
draw a soft curve about 4” from bottom of fabric 
bottom of fabric 
bring your dart marks 
together and pin in place. 
dart marks 
and stitch. 
FIG. 4
Take both of your “FRONT” pieces of cut fabric andhave the RIGHT SIDES face down (FIG.2). Alignyour pattern on top of the fabric like shown in fig.2.There are two small lines along the bottom of thepattern. These are guides for your darts. Using awater soluble marker or pencil, make a mark on theWRONG SIDE of your fabric. Flip your patternover, aligning it on the left side of the fabric andmark your darts as well (FIG.3). Repeat thisprocess with your other FRONT piece of fabric.Take one of your top pieces (doesn’tmatter which one) and with the WRONGside facing you, fold fabric over, matchingthe dart marks. Pin in place.Using your water soluble marker or pencil,draw a “soft” or slight curve 4 inches fromthe mark as shown in FIG.4.Stitch over your curve. Make sure tobackstitch the ends so your darts won’tcome undone! Repeat this process on theother side and on the other FRONT pieceof fabric.
Your darts should look like this (FIG.5)FIG.5
wrong side of fabric 
FIG.6It’s important to have a soft curve to your darts so thatwhen the fabric lays on your body, it has a more naturaland flattering look (FIG.6).
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Stitch your FRONT lining piece and SIDEPANEL LINING pieces with the RIGHT SIDESfacing each other as shown in FIG. 6.FIG.6
FIG.7Matching notches, stitch your FRONT pieceand SIDE PANELS together with RIGHTSIDES facing each other. **Notches are notshown in picture**. FIG.7Set aside.Grab your straps, fold in half (WRONG SIDE out) and sew a 1/4” seam. Turn RIGHT SIDE out, ironand topstitch sides as close to the edge as possible. (FIG.8 & 9)FIG.8FIG.9

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