Sewing for a Belly over at DIY Maternity

I’m pretty jazzed to be guest blogging over at DIY Maternity today. Come on over and make this Turn About the Room Dress with me! There’s a pdf pattern download, as well as the full tutorial. Hop on over, kids! You’ll really love what Megan has done over there–it’s kind of the mecca for maternity sewing. She has lots of super cute and affordable patterns of her own, as well as guest posts/tutorials like this one. If you’re like me and are growing a little child and want to sew for that blossoming belly, you won’t be disappointed.

Mad Mim Maternity sewing_Turn About the Room Dress


19 Comments

Katie Mitchell

I have been holding out for you to blog about this dress. It was beautiful on a hanger but it’s a million more times GORGEOUS on you!!! Love it!!!!

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Emily Balling

These colors look so beautiful on you, look at the way those stripes match up shoulder to sleeve, TRICKY looking, what a neat belt you made from the fabric. Fun flower too.

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jen

Hi Mim, I have just started making your turn about the room dress and noticed there are no measurements or pattern pieces for the skirt. A couple of people commented on this over at the DIY maternity site too, so i know its not just my pregnancy brain this time!! Would love to finish it if you have time to add the skirt measurements, i sooo love this dress :o) Thanks heaps Jen

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Miriam

Jen! Oh my goodness, I’m seriously so embarrassed! I has made an image that had all the measurements, and then I forgot to send it to Megan! I didn’t even realize it was missing from the post! I just sent it to Megan, so hopefully she’ll get it up asap for you. I’m SO sorry about that, and serious thanks for letting me know!

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jen

Oh please don’t be embarrassed! You do such wonderful things AND you are pregnant! My brain has gone walkabout this pregnancy and so i couldn’t even contemplate doing what you do with this fabulous blog! I look forward to finishing the dress, and i will send a photo through when i have. Happy sewing Jen

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Gianina

Stumbled across your blog via DIY Maternity, and am beyond impressed with all your inventions and craftiness, especially this dress! I’ve been terrified of sewing with knits, but I am now determined to try solely for the sake of this dress (4 months pregnant and RAPIDLY expanding). One question: in the tut, you mention using an overlock stitch…my humble machine has no such capability, so I was wondering what stitch you would recommend instead? Thank you so much for sharing your pattern…it’s lovely to be both inspired AND given a helping hand!

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Miriam

Gianina,
I’m so glad your going to take the plunge with knit! Your life will never be the same!
So when sewing that dress, MOST of the time I used a very slight zigzag stitch. Experiment until you find one that looks smooth and straight from the right side, but has even “zag” to give it the stretch it needs to not snap the threads. Also, for added reinforcing, it’s a good idea to zig zag the seam allowances together, but not necessary. Promise me you’ll send a picture once you’re done! Good luck and just let me know if you have any other questions!

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Lauren

Thanks for the great pattern. I made the dress and posted pictures on my blog. I just wanted you to see the product of your superb instructions. Thanks again.

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bel

I am new to sewing and using patterns. Do you have any ideas for making this dress in a “Pus size”? I am an AUS size 18 which I believe might be a US 14? Should I just print pattern and enlarge it?

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Miriam

Hey Bel,
The first thing I would suggest is just decrease the seam allowance from 1/2″ to 1/4″. That might be enough right there. Also, I think the pattern runs large, so if anything, I’ve had people say it was a little bigger than expected. But you could also easily enlarge it by just cutting around the M/L however much you want to enlarge it. Remember that n(for example) a 1/4″ increase will give you a 1/2″ more on both sides. You’ll find that knit is very forgiving though, and you can always trim and alter where needed as you you along.
Good luck, and feel free to contact me with any more questions you have!
And as always, make sure you show me a picture when you’re done!

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bel

thanks for the quick reply. 🙂
Hoping I can drag my machine out in the next few weeks. not to make as a maternity dress, but as a good, comfortable wardrobe staple for work. then, if needed, it would make a fabulous maternity dress!

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Heidi

I just made this dress yesterday… I’m fairly large, so I made a number of size increases… Too many, as it turned out! Mostly my bodice ended up being a little too long. I guess all I really would have needed to do was increase about a 1/2″ around all the pattern pieces. Oh well, you live and learn. I was able to fiddle around with my mistakes and it ended up looking pretty decent. Overall, I am super duper happy with it. Thanks for the tutorial!

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Heidi

By the way… I’ve been perusing a lot of maternity clothes tutorials lately, and I have to say that yours is probably the clearest and best written one that I’ve come across. 🙂

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Miriam

Wow, that really means a lot, thank you! I’m so glad you were able to make it work, and like it. Thanks for dropping me a comment, I love it!

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