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« on: April 07, 2012 05:17:09 AM »

I am pregnant with my fourth baby (yikes!!) and she is due in early May.  In February, my husband and I were headed to a Valentine's Dinner and I really wanted to make something different to wear.  You know, maternity clothes only afford so much to wear!!  So, I purchased some hot pink ruffle fabric from a local craft store and made my own maxi dress!!

If you're interested in the tutorial, I posted it on my blog a few weeks back.


It's really just a rectangle (I AM pregnant!) with straps on top and a sash to give it some shape.  I DID take my measurement around the belly and height. 

Questions and C & C are welcome Smiley This fabric is so stretchy that even now, 10 weeks later (I was 26 weeks in the photos) I can still wear it. 

« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2012 06:25:45 AM »

That looks really nice. I'll admit when I first saw the pic I thought "Oh my God that's a lot of work for a maternity dress!"  Then I read that you'd used pre-ruffled fabric, and it made sense.  Smiley

Now I'm thinking I might make a shirt like this.

« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2012 09:16:40 AM »

Looks great! And you gave yourself nice, wide straps to cover a good support bra--smart! : )
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2012 09:58:37 AM »

I love that dress!  It looks nice and dressy, but still comfortable.  I had my third child 8 weeks ago so I know where you're coming from on the maternity clothes.  The only dresses I could afford were way to short for me!  Oh, and I'll be looking for pre-ruffled fabric, I didn't know there was such a thing!

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2012 10:24:05 AM »

Very cute!  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2012 11:10:13 AM »

I purchased this ruffle fabric at Hobby Lobby but they don't always carry it.  There is a website called www.rufflefabric.com which has some beautiful options!!  But...they are somewhat expensive: $15-$18 per yard.  If  you have no other option...then you can at least go to ruffle fabric.com and find something you like.  HL only had 5-6 solid color options but they are $8 or $9 per yard. 

Thank you for the compliments!!  I never feel like I look all that great when I'm pregnant  Embarrassed  and it is only worse right now!!  LOL I'm 5'1" and start at 110lbs...and end somewhere around 145.  I start getting the "about ready to pop?" comments around 30 weeks and it just gets worse from there.  I have no where to put this baby but right out there in front  Grin  Thanks again!!


« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2012 03:11:01 PM »

It could totally work post baby too. Its nice to have a comfortable semi-formal option that looks really elegant.
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2012 05:18:03 PM »

very cute. and congrats on the baby!
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2012 08:47:38 PM »

I'm not pregnant, but I will definitely be making this with a couple of variations (thinner straps, non-ruffled bodice). Thanks for the tute. I have a fabric store near me that sells all fabric for $2.99 a yard. Just before Christmas they had 2 bolts of this exact fabric. I had seen the prices on rufflefabric.com so when I saw it there I snatched up a whole bolt.
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2013 10:17:22 PM »

This is too cute!  I'd love to try to make one for my sister-in-law who is due with my niece or nephew in October!  Thanks for sharing Smiley

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