Monday, January 17, 2011

Maternity Shirt into Girl's Dress

My mom decided to give me this maternity dress because she thought it was "cute".  Have you ever wondered what qualifies as "cute" to an older Korean mother?  Well, I have often wondered this mystery myself because the moment I put on this tent-like shirt, Eddie busted out laughing for 10 minutes straight.  I would have taken a picture of myself in it if I were brave, but when I looked in the mirror, the only words that came to mind was sumo wrestler.

So trying to be resourceful I thought I'd try to "save" this shirt since the embroidery was pretty and so were the buttons.  I really wanted to make a pattern that I could use over and over and have very little to cut and sew. (Because I'm lazy).  So I drafted this pattern by using Elizabeth's measurements.

I made some adjustments to the seam allowance because I realized there wasn't much ease around the waist/armpit.  So this design was the back piece.. The arm would fold over so I essentially only had 2 seams. 1) across the diagonal line from neck-armpit. 2) Under the sleeve down to the bottom hem!

Cut out the pattern on some muslin to see if it was the right measurement.. this is before I cut from the sumo shirt.

Here is the sumo shirt.. when did people where this kind of maternity wear??  As you can see, I've already drawn out the front pattern piece.

Here's the finished product.  Not the best picture, but still the best girl. :)  Fits her perfectly!


  1. i don't know how you do it. i love it!

  2. You seriously amaze me Alice! I totally will share the box with you....just have to wait for a special occasion unless you wanna order now!