DIY Pattern: a simple summer maternity dress how to

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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