This next Maternity DIY is one of my favorites. Not only is it super easy to stitch up on an afternoon, but it's also a great transitional piece that you can wear post pregnancy. It's a super easy fit!
You'll need: 1.5 yards lace fabric, a lace collar applique (you can find these at some fabric stores and in the supplies section of Etsy), Rope, lace and jersey to braid for the belt, Fray Check, Pins and a sewing machine. 1. Measure from the bottom of one hip, over the top of your shoulders down to the front of your hip. This will be the length. The width is two feet. Hem all 4 edges of your rectangle. 2. Fold the rectangle in half and make the front half 1-2 inches longer. (belly room) Pin the collar applique to the lace, allowing the back edges to hand over the back of the fold. 3. Cut a hole for the head, try it on with a belt and make any adjustments needed. 4. Stitch down the applique with a machine (or hand stitch) on all outer edges. Note: If you want to attach your belt and are using a large applique similar to ours, leave the bottom part of the applique un-sewn so that you can add your belt in a bit! Tack down the inside details with a few extra hand stitches. Cut around the front of the applique and use a little bit of Fray Check on the edges if you need to. 5. Cut the back of the neckline at a curve and hem it. Note: You may need to adjust these instructions to fit the shape your applique. You can do it!
Next, Use jersey, rope, lace or other textiles to braid a long rope. Make sure it's long enough to fit around the small part of the waist and tie in the back. Stitch your belt down under your applique or keep them separate and you can also use your own belts.
That's it! Your new apron top will be super cute layered over tank tops and dresses. Here's how Stacy styled hers…
Stacy loves this piece. It will adjust into her third trimester and is easy to layer over jeans and a tank or a maxi dress. Imagine all the pretty color combinations you could stitch up in a weekend! XO. elsie