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I made myself a maternity dress. It has been SUCH a disaster. I am inept with patterns, so I just traced it out using an existing homemade dress that I bought at a ren faire (but shortened).<br><br>
After bad thread choices, buckling material, sewing in folds accidentally, and pretty much every other issue you can imagine, I came up with something that I can atleast wear around the house. (every time I tried to fix it, I got more and more cleavage and I was getting very close to having just a skirt, lol)<br><br>
So here it is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hopefully this can be one less lesson learned as I chalk off the mistakes on my way to learning to sew competently.<br><br><a href="http://jensphotostop.blogspot.com/2007/04/dressed-for-disaster.html" target="_blank">http://jensphotostop.blogspot.com/20...-disaster.html</a>
 

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I have *so* been there. The final result is better than you think (trust me, I've got a pile of worse).<br><br>
I think I'd forego the belt ribbon though, the pink is cute, but I'm not loving how it cuts you in half.
 

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It happens, sometimes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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Thanks for the tip. I'll try it without it. It has a bit of a smock look w/ nothing on it, but while I think it looks good in concept, I have to agree w/ you that it does kinda cut me in half now that I look at it. I doubt I'd leave my yard in it and the ribbon was not affixed to the material so woudl be no biggie to remove it. My 18 mo old toddler did it w/ 2 fingers earlier, lol
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the tip. I'll try it without it. It has a bit of a smock look w/ nothing on it</div>
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I was thinking it might be more "sheath" than "smock".<br><br><a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/602-0400257-1100626?asin=B000LTK6C2&AFID=MSN&LNM=B000LTK6C2|Liz_Lange_for_Target_Sheath_Dress__Brown_Stripe&ref=tgt_adv_XPSD0500" target="_blank">Something like this.</a><br><br>
The necklace you have on in the picture is fabulous with the neckline you made, and I think the neckline enhances your curves. The neckline in the dress linked above would make me look like I was *all* breast and I'm not as full as you.<br><br>
I think the real problem is that the line of the dress would indicate a more formal occasion, while the actual finishing of the dress is more casual rather than tailored. I can't help but wonder how it would look layered over a pretty flowery skirt so that 5" or so of the skirt peeked out from under the dress.<br><br>
I think that could be a very cute summer outfit. Especially with a lightweight cardigan for going places that have airconditioning.
 

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I have so been there. Sewing is not easy... and I have many botched projects for myself that have been a disapointment. I agree with pps that it is actually better than you might think.
 

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Hey, it's not so bad for a first attempt and without a pattern! I've done much worse and been sewing for 17 years now. You did great!<br>
A couple of recommendations:<br>
Try using some of the same ribbon to tighten up the straps. Or just turn the straps under a bit and that will enhance the fit. A dart between the boob/armpit area will also help.<br>
The other thing I have been doing with my maternity wear is putting in a gather across the top of the belly bump, on the same spot as an empire waist would go. There are several ways to do this, but the easiest one is to just run two basting threads (loose, no backstitching) where you want the seam to be and then gather them by pulling one thread tight and running the fabric over it, kind of like how you hang a curtain? When it is as gathered as you like, then sew over it and voila!<br>
The result is very flattering as it makes the illusion of having a bit more of a waist.. PM me if this is incomprehensible as I'm not sure how well I've explained it.<br>
Or, just leave it as it is and be comfy!<br>
Good job and don't give up.
 

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Update?<br><br>
I suppose, being pregnant and all, you'd only be able to wear the dress for a limited time anyhow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You have to make lots of mistakes when sewing so you can learn how to do it right! It took me a looong time to be able to make presentable things - you are doing just fine!
 

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I would wear it without the belt-you could even wear it as a tunic/smock like someone else said. i am new to sewing-and you would not believe how bad these shorts I made ds looked-somehow I sewed something upside down--and I had a pattern! That is really good for not really having a pattern. The first projects are the hardest-but you learn a lot very fast about how NOT to do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I got frustrated with it and decided to just throw it back into my scraps pile. I think in the end my issue is the material more than anything. It just wasnt soft enough and lately w/ pregnancy and all I've been obsessed with comfortable clothing. I'm sure I'll use it for something. I decided to move on to something more simple for now and have been making cloth wipes and cloth diaper doublers. I think my next project will be clothes for the toddler though, since she's so much smaller so I won't use quite so much fabric and time before its finished.
 

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It's cute!<br><br>
And don't feel bad. The first dress I made (for my 2 yr old dd) I accidentally sewed the arms closed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> On top of that it was a knit fabric and PAIN to sew.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I got frustrated with it and decided to just throw it back into my scraps pile. I think in the end my issue is the material more than anything. It just wasnt soft enough and lately w/ pregnancy and all I've been obsessed with comfortable clothing. I'm sure I'll use it for something. I decided to move on to something more simple for now and have been making cloth wipes and cloth diaper doublers. I think my next project will be clothes for the toddler though, since she's so much smaller so I won't use quite so much fabric and time before its finished.</div>
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That's an excellent idea.<br><br>
Ooo, just remembered, are you the person who had those crocheted pants? Your new baby will totally be able to wear those!
 

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haha yeah that was me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have learned so much from my mistakes I have to say. I'm working on another pair of pants (well shorts this time) for my DD but making them too big so they don't shrink to not fitting, and avoiding washing them with diapers so they don't turn fuzzy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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