If you sew your own clothing, finding maternity dress patterns may be easier than you think.
Versatile Maternity Dress Patterns
When shopping for patterns to make your own maternity clothes, find those with the most options. Not only will your pieces go together, but you can get a starter wardrobe out of just a couple key items.
The following patterns offer ideas for several outfits using one pattern that you can modify just by changing a few simple things:
- Butterick Pattern B3403-This "easy" pattern can make an apron dress, top, shots, and capris.
- Kwik Sew Pattern 2430-Get a short dress from this pattern, along with a top, pants, and shorts.
- CNT Pattern cn901-1-The Xceptional Patchwork Dress is a multi-trimester dress. Add the loops and ties, and you can wear it from the first trimester through your last (and even after birth).
Most maternity dress patterns will cost around ten dollars. Watch for sales in your favorite stores if you want to buy several or if you want more extensive designs since these may be more costly.
Where to Buy Maternity Patterns
Many women purchase their maternity dress patterns online. Online retailers often have a huge selection of patterns, including some that are vintage, out of stock, or no longer produced. Consider the following online retailers:
- Ebay is a great place to look for maternity dress patterns since you may find patterns that are out of stock or otherwise hard to find.
You can also search for maternity patterns at your local fabric store, like JoAnn Fabrics or Hancock Fabrics. Discount stores that have fabric sections may offer a selection of patterns as well, although the variety of maternity options may not be very large.
If you are the member of a sewing circle or have a friend who enjoys making dresses, you can ask for recommendations for easy designs.
Related Maternity Pattern Options
If you prefer a vintage or retro look to your regular clothing, you can find patterns from the 1940's through the 1990's at Patterns from the Past. With a few simple modifications, you could even update them for today.
Custom Maternity Patterns
If you cannot find a maternity dress pattern that suits your needs, you may want to contact a local seamstress. She may have custom patterns for you to purchase as needed. A seamstress may also be able to create a unique, one-of-a-kind dress pattern for your banquet, wedding, cocktail party, or other special event.
Expect a custom pattern or design to cost you well above the average price. It will vary according to area and amount of time spent designing the pattern. Before purchasing the pattern, you should find out the difficulty level, amount of time it will take to sew, and if you need to purchase any special fabrics in order to make the pattern work for you.