A simple DIY summer maternity dress

A simple DIY summer maternity dress

A simple DIY summer maternity dress | Randomly Happy

This is the DIY summer dress that almost never was.  Inspired by my new love of pattern – I was looking to make something simple and fun for a wedding this past weekend.

I used the DIY dress pattern I made up last year and just altered it so that bump had lots of space. I also chose to fully line the dress in a soft cotton voile.

Simple, right? What could possibly go wrong…

A simple DIY summer maternity dress | Time to get your sew on | Randomly HappyA simple DIY summer maternity dress | Time to get your sew on | Randomly Happy

Well it turns out a whole lot can go wrong… when you give yourself a day or so to make a fully-lined dress. I ended up finishing the sleeves and hem in the car on the way to the wedding.

Guys, sewing a hem in a moving car on country lanes, is sub-ideal. Fact.

A simple DIY summer maternity dress | Time to get your sew on | Randomly Happy

But I do love how it came out. Fully lining dresses in breathable cotton is 100% the way forward. And the slip-stitched hem didn’t come out too badly. Especially if you don’t look too closely.

I’m particularly smitten with that little back detail and the hand-finished sleeves (all done in a rush either in the car or at the hotel).

DIY summer dress pattern
DIY summer dress pattern

Maybe time pressure is exactly what’s needed to get the job done?

And just to leave you with my most favourite new thing (after this summery dress of joy) – my new Swedish Hasbeen sandals. I. Love. Them.

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  1. Reply
    Michelle

    Super cute. And partial to those hasbeens too!

  2. Reply
    Erica

    It is beautiful! And totally worth the last minute stitching. I'd like to try lining a dress one of these days. It gives the garment such a polished look. And, sewing in the car… I'm impressed, because that sounds tricky. You are certainly a pro!!

    P.S. Thanks for your tips on sewing knits. You're the best. I'm going to look into getting a walking foot and those ballpoint needles to make sewing that t-shirt a bit easier.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Ah thanks Erica! There's a fine line between pro and mad dash!

      Definitely think about fully lining a dress – especially in soft cotton. So. Comfy.

  3. Reply
    Katie

    My sewing hero! Love this dress, you'd never know it was done in such a rush.

  4. Reply
    Claireabellemakes

    Cute dress! I adore my hasbeens too.

  5. Reply
    eennieuwejurk

    Beautiful dress. Hasbeens are the best sandals!

  6. Reply
    T

    super cute!! how much did you add for the bump??

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      I measured my bump and used that as my 'waist' measure. So all in all I measured shoulder to above knee, shoulder to bump, around the bump and around the shoulders. Happy to share a tutorial if you think that would be helpful.

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