Have you seen all the excitement brewing for Hey June June?? I was so excited to be joining in on the fun. I was glad I was able to sneak one more sewing project in before the baby came and I’m sharing a super easy maternity hack with one of my favorite Hey June Patterns – The Union St Tee. Make sure to read below how you can win a copy of a Hey June Pattern you’ve had your eye on!
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I’ll be honest, I am a horrible pattern hacker. My brain is not great at visualizing things (ask my husband how it’s been trying to build a house….I am like Joey from Friends having to step into the floorplan to even begin to understand what it will look like…). Don’t get me wrong, I love to see other’s hacks, but it’s usually not what I’m drawn to. I think that’s a lot of the reason why during pregnancy I haven’t really sewn much, you have to hack everything! However, this one was easy enough even I could handle it.
Turning the Tee into a Maxi
I came up with the idea to take the Union St. Tee into a maxi because I am way too pregnant and it’s way too hot to wear jeans these days and this is going to be a great transition piece for me postpartum too! I love the Union St. Tee as a tee shirt (you can read all about my past versions here, here, and here) and it was easy to tack on a long maxi skirt to make a maxi dress.
I measured how long I wanted to bodice of the dress and added seam allowance and chopped the front and back pattern piece to be that length. I then created a maxi skirt by measuring how wide I needed the piece and the length i wanted it to be and using my favorite Swedish Tracing Paper, I made a rectangle pattern piece that I cut on the fold for both the front and the back.
I assembled the bodice identical to the pattern and then utilized the IndieSew tutorial to gather the bodice to the skirt. I do not like to gather – especially knits – but this is such a great way to get even gathers. I had the wrong type of elastic but it still worked. I will for sure be using this in the future!
I decided not to hem the bottom of the dress as my [very large] bump is causing the dress to be shower than it will be when this baby is on the outside. So I decided I could hem it post-baby for a breezy summer dress.
Hey June June Excitement!
Each day in June there are one or two giveaways happening that you don’t want to miss! Make sure to follow along on Instagram and the Hey June Facebook group. I’m hosting a giveaway in the Facebook group today!
What’s your favorite Hey June pattern? Are you pro-pattern hacking?
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