Also, if you haven’t heard, to day is Amazon Prime Day! It’s basically black Friday in July. There are so many great deals. It is just for Amazon Prime members, but if you aren’t one you can sign up for a free 30-day-trial really quickly here and still get access to all the sales today. Since I have baby gear on my mind, I’ve rounded up some pretty amazing baby deals going on during the sale today, including Petunia Pickle Bottom bags for $35 off! I am in love with this one.
Speaking of PPB, I announced the winner of my Petunia Pickle Bottom bag giveaway over here…check it out to see if you won!
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TOP: NORDSTROM (40% OFF) | PANTS: A PEA IN THE POD (NON MATERNITY VERSION HERE) | SHOES: MICHAEL KORS (40% OFF) | SUNGLASSES: KAREN WALKER | NECKLACE, BRACELETS, WATCH (ALL 40% OFF)
I was invited to go to the Kaleidoscope Charity Ball last weekend and I knew that I wanted to make a dress for the event. I really wanted a blush dress to wear (specifically to match these heels. I am so in love with them!) but I couldn’t find any that were stretchy enough to fit over my bump. So I headed down to Michael Levine and we pulled every blush fabric they had! I finally settles on a dancer spandex. A dancer spandex! No joke! The ‘right’ side of the fabric was intensely shiny, so I just flipped it over and used the matte side of the fabric! It was super stretchy, not see through, and the opposite side of the fabric reads a lot more high end than the shiny side, and ended up working great.
If you don’t sew, you can shop all my outfit details as well as similar dresses below. And you can find the tutorial for the dress after the jump at the bottom:
- 2-3 yards of thick stretchy fabric. I used this spandex fabric from Michael Levine.
- Matching thread
- Fitted dress for a pattern, make sure it is from a fabric that has similar stretch
- Pattern paper
Using a fitted dress that has a good amount of stretch, create a pattern onto your pattern paper. Add your seam allowanced and add an additional 1/2″ to each side of the front for your seam allowance for your cut-outs. Add an extra 1″ to either side of the back of your dress, and cut the back of your dress down the middle. The added fabric will give you room to place a zipper in the back, as well as add the cut-outs
Trace 2 sleeves, and front and back neckline.
Refer to the illustration for cutting out the dress sections, cut one center front piece from your front section so that your front side sections have more of an hour glass curve. This will allow the fabric to curve nicely on your body. Do the same thing for the 2 back side sections.
Stitch your two front side sections to your center front section. I stitched these seams with a normal sewing machine first, then serged down the seam allowance.
Attach your two back side sections to either sides of your center back pieces.
Place your back sections on top of your front section, right sides together, and stitch across the top shoulder seams. Make sure to pin your back sides correctly so that the straight center line will match up in the back.
Open up your dress and insert your sleeves, placing the sleeve at the center sleeve curve (see illustration) right sides together. Match up sides and center first when pinning.
Flip your dress inside-out and stitch under the arms and down the sides. Attach your neckline pieces, stitching with right sides together.
Hem the sleeves, bottom of the dress, and flip your neckline piece into the dress, press, and use a wide straight stitch to stitch closely all around the neckline to hold the neckline piece in place.
TOP AND JACKET: A PEA IN THE POD (both would work great not pregnant! I am planning on wearing them long after my pregnancy) | JEANS: A PEA IN THE POD (SAME JEANS NON MATERNITY HERE) | BOOTIES: SOLE SOCIETY (30% off + free shipping today and tomorrow on all spring booties!) | BAG: NORDSTROM | SUNGLASSES: SIMILAR | WATCH: ARVO | JEWELRY: HERE AND HERE
While spring brights are so much fun to wear, some days I really dig a neutral color palate. This army green light jacket is perfect for the spring. It is so light that it doesn’t have to be chilly to wear it. And it is super soft. It may say maternity, but there is no way I’m putting it away once the baby is here! Pairing it with an eyelet top keeps the look light and fresh.
And good news for all of you on the hunt for the perfect spring booties! Today and tomorrow only, Sole Society is taking 30% off their spring booties, plus free shipping! The ones I am wearing here are super comfy. I also have these booties (from this post) and they are on sale too! I rounded up a few of my favorites below:
And shop my full look here…