I decided that I needed a new dress to wear, because of my ever expanding belly, and I dislike pants since it's now summer. I started it on June 5th and didn't finish it until probably the 11th, because A) I'm lazy and I was trying to get it made to wear to a friend's wedding lol and B)I was working sans pattern and just kinda winging it.
It has a large boat neck, with a ribbed neckline (the fabric was all slightly ribbed, so it's a tad thicker), faux banded armholes, a half circle skirt with a 4" flounce, and a drawstring through the middle, because after I originally made it I decided that the waistline was too wide and needed to be cinched in, it was my sister's idea to add a casing that I attached to another piece of fabric and sewed to the seams of the waist so it's basically invisible from the outside. I like it better now because it shows off my bump nicely
I ended up wearing it to work on the 12th and everyone loved it.
excuse the mirror in my selfie it's the only place I can take photos at the moment
And now close up/all views of the dress. I don't have a maternity mannequin, so she has improvised and allowed me to pin a bag of polyfil to her abdomen to mimic my baby bump, it will need more stuffing if I plan on using her for more clothes in the very near future.
The Front of the dress on Jack (the mannequin)
the back of the dress
3/4 view of the dress
and a close up of the armhole and part of the neckline.
I was happy I learned a few years ago how to measure binding for the neckline and make it lie flat. (Thank you sweat shop for teaching me how to sew tshirt necklines)
This one I probably have to fix a little more (readjust where the straps sit on the front) and when I wore it out of the house it looked a lot better lol, ignore my face, the BF didn't really let me know when he was actually taking the picture. It was made of the same fabric as the shorter dress and is floor length (I ended up cutting another 6" off the hem when before I wore it out but don't have a photo of that) I made this one in about 2 hours, braiding the strips of fabric took forever. It was made a little over a month ago.
I followed a tutorial I found on pinterest:http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/08/maternity-diy-make-a-wrap-dress-1.html
This was another dress I made maybe 4 weeks ago, in an attempt to make a wardrobe that will fit for the remainder of my pregnancy. i've had this fabric in my stash for well over 5 years now and I haven't known what to do with it. I left the bottom unhemmed, because I didn't want to ruin the design on the bottom and I bound the neckline with some polyester bias tape I had lying around because I didn't want to just fold over and top stitch.
close up of binding on neckline and armhole
Let me know what you think of my 3 dresses.
C&C is welcomed and greatly appreciated.