Wednesday, March 6, 2013

:: Refashion - maternity dress

So, I'm going to have this baby in a week and I'm just barely posting this maternity dress refashion.
Ha!  This depicts my life exactly.

Anyway, a few days after Christmas we were in Vegas visiting family.
I really wanted to get maternity pics done (28 weeks along).
 (I like to get them done for each pregnancy - - can you tell I'm a middle child?)
We had Janette from Janette Nelson Photography take some photos for us.
 (the wife of my husband's cousin - - you got that?)
Unfortunately, I forgot how freezing cold and windy it is in Vegas in the winter. . .
but we did get some cute shots.

I found this mid thigh dress/tunic at H&M 
and knew I wanted everyone else's outfits based around this striped gem.
It's not a maternity dress, but was on clearance for $10.
So I bought it thinking it would look cute with some black leggings (it was mid thigh length).
But, really . . . I don't know if I'm a leggings girl.
And after thinking about this for a few days, I had my hubby go back and get me another one . . . 
cause I had an idea.
Why not just put the two dresses together and make a cute maternity dress?
And that's what I did.

I wish I would've taken some before pics, but I didn't.
But in the picture below, you can see where the dress went down to, sorta.

So, on the top dress just right above the hem, I cut across the bottom of one stripe.
I measured to how long I wanted the dress 
and then cut across the top of one of the stripes on the bottom dress.
Does this make sense?
I then sewed these two pieces together in the middle of the top stripe (on the bottom dress)
and in the middle of the bottom stripe (on the top dress).
There are different ways you could've sewn these pieces together, but that's how I did it.
And I think the finished product turned out pretty cute!

FYI:  buy the same size dress! By the time Tommy went back to the store to get the second dress,
they only had a size smaller than the one I bought.  And it was a PAIN!  It would've gone
so much smoother and looked more professional if I had the same sizes . . .

Here are some other pictures I love.
 I think the girls were more excited about chasing after the peacocks than having their picture taken . . .

I'll be linking here.


  1. What a great idea for lengthening a dress! And it's so cute! Thanks for linking up at Someday Crafts!!

  2. fun! another idea i've seen that works great for lengthening is to just do a separate color. i'll definitely keep this on tab for when i'm expecting again!

    1. That's a good idea too!! I'm defiantly going to try this next time around!


  3. I do understand what you are saying. It's so nice to have options!! Your family is beautiful!! We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at Hope to see you there!!

  4. all your photos are soooo nice... !!