This summer dress sewing pattern is inspired by a boho dress I saw on Free People. At full price, I think the dress costs close to $150 to buy, so I’m happy to be able to share this budget friendly version! Deby at So-Sew-Easy invited me to contribute to her popular blog, so head on over to So-Sew-Easy see the entire video tutorial.
This dress is not meant to be a maternity dress, but at 8 months pregnant I can fit quite comfortably into it! I think the high waistline and flared skirt makes room for a growing belly. The kimono style front opening makes it nursing friendly too, so I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of it postpartum too.
If you’re looking for maternity patterns, check out my Striped Maternity Tunic sewing pattern.
I used batik, a traditional Indonesian cotton fabric to make this dress. I love the bright colours and ethnic patterns of batik, but I think next time I make this dress, I’ll choose a fabric with a little more drape. I highly recommend rayon or double gauze.