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DIY Tube Dress

Motherhood Jun 15, 2018

DIY Tube Dress

You guys said I would eventually end up wearing body con styles during this pregnancy, and you were right!

Yep, it’s true, by the time you get to the 8th and 9th month, you’re more likely to want something that flowy shows off the bump – I mean, I’m not going to do this many times am I? Hahaha. Read on to see how to make this DIY tube dress for yourself – and it’s the perfect style whether you have a bump or not!

DIY Tube Dress

The pattern for this tube dress is pretty simple, all we did was copy and combine a bodice top and skirt pattern, and then square off the top part of the bodice mid-armhole. The sleeve pattern is also pretty straightforward, you only have to draw a trapezoid, the top width being your upper arm measurement, and the lower width being your wrist measurement. With the length of the trapezoid being the desired length of your sleeve.


Begin by tracing your patterns onto the fabric. 


You'll be using exact measurements whilst drafting your paper pattern. But since the jersey fabric we're using for this project has some stretch to it, we folded in the centre fold of the paper pattern by 2.5cm (1 inch) to accomodate the stretch.


Once you've got all your pieces cut out, pin and sew the front and back panels of the dress together, and sew the opening seams of the sleeves.


Remember to match the stripes of the fabric as you're pinning.


Use a zigzag stitch whenever you're sewing stretch fabric or form fitting pieces, this stitch will prevent the seams from ripping open.


The last thing to do is to sew the sleeves to the bodice. Pin your sleeves to the side seams of the dress (right sides together) and sew about 5cm (2.5cm on either side of the seam).


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