Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A New Project!

I know, I know, I've been MIA for quite a while now. We have been pretty busy this spring/summer...being pregnant and moving for my husband's new job. Thanks for hanging in there :)

We found out recently that we are having a boy!! So if any of you have any cute ideas for nursery projects or baby projects that are more boy related, feel free to send them my way!

I have some ideas for the nursery, but haven't put anything in stone yet. We did buy a changing table off of craigslist that we are refinishing. I'm thinking it is going to be a distressed white. I will post some pictures when we finish it.

I've seen SO many cute maternity clothing tutorials lately, so now that I'm showing at 21 weeks, I decided it was time to try some, so here is the first dress :)

Basically, I followed this tutorial.

This dress is so easy to make, if you have a sewing machine, you can make this dress! You could also very easily make this into a non-maternity style dress, just by not gathering as much fabric for the skirt.

All you need is a tank top, fabric for the skirt, wide elastic and a sewing machine.

I didn't take pictures of all the steps since the tutorial I followed is so thorough. Basically, all you have to do is measure under your bust and cut the bottom of the tank top where you want it to lay. Sew or serge the bottom so it doesn't fray.

Then measure your elastic under the bust and zig-zag sew it to secure. Measure the appropriate width of the skirt portion (depending on how much you want it to gather) serge or sew to prevent fraying, sew a basting stitch to gather the fabric to match it up to the elastic size. Then sew the skirt and the top to the elastic, and hem the skirt. And that's it!

It really is that easy! It is such a perfect summer dress.

The nice part is, you can use any tank top and fabric! I used a tank top that I bought from a thrift store a while back so all I had to buy was the fabric for the skirt (since none of my scraps laying around were big enough) and the elastic band.

I think I will end up making a few more of these :-)