tutorial: the two seam dress

January 24th, 2014


So excited to share this tutorial with you today!! I’ve mentioned this before, but during pregnancy i have like a million more “i hate everything in my closet what am i going to wear” days. Thats what happened on the day i made this dress. I was frustrated and i wanted to wear something flowy and chic and i wanted it 5 minutes ago. So i came up with this nifty little dress. It involved 2 seams, some clever cutting and voila, chic easy going maternity wear.

I will absolutely be making more of this little number and its so easy that i feel that a tutorial is very very necessary. This is one of those pieces that works just as well for the pregnant gal and the non-pregnant gal, can be made shorter to be a top instead, and fantastically is perfect for beginners who want quick results with very little sewing knowledge or effort required.

Sometimes simple is best! Am i right?! Okay ready to learn how?

1) Get yourself some nice drapey stretchy fabric (i tried this with stiffer jersey and the drapey thin stuff makes for the best look in my personal opinion). Width ways the piece should equal your ‘hips’/widest part + 6″ ease + 1 1/4″ seam allowance. Remember the stretchiest direction of your fabric should be running width ways, ie horizontally across your body. Length should equal your desired length + 5/8″ seam allowance. If you are going to add a cool hemline like mine, you’ll need to add extra length to your fabric to that amount.

2) Fold your fabric in half width ways, and with right sides together. Sew down the side 5/8″ from the raw edge. No need to finish the edges unless you want. Since this is jersey, it won’t fray

3) Now shift that side seam so that it is in the center of the tube of fabric (this will be the centre front of your dress or top).  Now sew 5/8″ from the raw edge along the top edge of your tube of fabric

4) Now its time for some clever cutting! Using the measurements above cut out the armholes and neckline, and if you opted for a cool hemline, cut that out too. I did not bother to hem or finish any raw edges and rather let them curl up over time. I think this adds to the drapey look and keeps the project quick and simple.

Now belt it at your waist (or above your belly if you’re pregnant like me!), or knot the hem, pin it in crazy places, wear it as a chic sack – honestly the options are endless, and you would not believe how many ways i’ve already found to wear and style this dress in different ways!

two seam maternity dress

20 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    Genius! I am one week behind you, pregnancy wise (I think), so can completely relate on the “nothing to wear” tantrum every morning! i am determined to make as much of my Mat wardrobe, but with a full time job, and a 3.5yo, my time and energy levels aren’t allowing for much sewing. This sounds like a perfect solution!

    I guess for those not comfortable wearing a belt above their bump could make a tie/sash or add elastic?!

    Thank you for this!

    • Meg says:

      Oh my goodness congrats honey!!! Seriously, it is such a quick dress – i think you’ll be really happy :) I totally understand being short on time – i can only imagine it must be really hard to find time to sew your maternity wardrobe when you’re also working full time, major props honey! With regards to the belt – i was actually originally planning on taking some strips of the same fabric and making a little braided belt to wear with it, but i ran out of fabric. I reckon that would be a really cute solution, and would be stretchy enough to be comfy… might need to do on my next dress! XOXO

  2. maddie says:

    Saving this one for summer, Megan. I love dresses like this and I love how simple pattern shapes can become wearable garments.

    • Meg says:

      Seriously one of my favourite things about sewing is watching something almost lifeless and shapeless become a wearable garment :) Honestly, if anyone can look chic in a giant loose sack, it’s you my dear!!!

  3. Ashley says:

    Love this! So easy and it looks so comfy!

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  5. Julie says:

    This looks easy enough for a non-sewer like me to try! I’d love to see the different ways you’ve styled it! xo, Julie

    • Meg says:

      Definitely!! I think its 100% achievable for a non-sewer – it’s literally just sewing 2 straight edges and then cutting. you can do it!! Meanwhile, i think i’ll definitely do a styling round up for this dress soon, it really is fun to wear different ways!

  6. Freya says:

    This is amazing! Thank you for breaking it down so simply!!

  7. Yolanda says:

    Love the tutorial, you are great and I will make one for myself, not pregnant but is great for summer and hot weather.

    Thank you again.

    ~Yolanda~

  8. Karen says:

    This is super cute and (I think) a great project for my daughter to learn on. Thank you for posting.

  9. mumswithtums says:

    Nice maternity dress for the mums. These types of dresses are comfortable and provide a smarty look to the mums. I will suggest these types of dresses to the mums.

  10. Jill says:

    Wow, love this Megan! I’m not as far ahead as you and only just starting to think about a maternity wardrobe, but as this is a first pregnancy for me, I can’t tell you how helpful these recent posts and tutorials have been! Thanks so much for all these ideas!

  11. Heather says:

    I’m sitting at 29 weeks pregnant and not comfy or feeling pretty in anything! this looks like it’ll do the trick. I’ve made stuff from your patterns before, so this looks like it’ll be super comfy and I’m excited to try it!

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  13. Lea says:

    Do you need to finish the arm holes, neck line or hem? Or does the fabric just roll?

  14. Tanya says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. I just whipped up a tunic-length version of the two-seam dress, and I love how it turned out. It’s my first official maternity wear make for this pregnancy. I love feeling both cute and comfy. :)

  15. Lauren says:

    I just made this dress today. I messed up on it (naturally!) and ended up with the “front” seam on the side. Whatever. It’s still adorable, I still got tons of compliments and I still love it! :)
    Thanks for making something easy for this sewing-challenged prego! :)

    • Meg says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed making and wearing this dress honey!! ANd seriously, i wouldn’t stress about that seam – that is so the kind of thing i do ALL.THE.TIME hehehe
      i reckon it would look perfectly fine no matter where you put the seam :)
      i hope your pregnancy is going smoothly! hugs xoxo

  16. Susan says:

    Just made this up in about 15 minutes today in a cool ikat jersey! I’m not pregnant (yet) but it’s totally wearable for everybody. The piece I had wasn’t wide enough, so I had to sew three seams :) Works better with the print though, I think. I was also wondering if you had any tips for the neckline to prevent it stretching out over time. I just left it raw and I like the look, but I’m worried about it stretching out.