DIY Jersey Tunic

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When I spotted this beautiful Dior dress worn by Emma Watson to the Golden Globes, I completely fell in love.  It was simple and beautiful at the same time, and absolutely maternity appropriate. In an attempt to recreate my version,   I used this bamboo jersey from Moodfabrics.com along with a black jersey I had in my stash for the belt. I’m making every effort to create a maternity wardrobe that will easily transition back to pre-pregnancy life.

The pattern I used for this tunic was Butterick B5454  with the following alterations:

-Faced the entire bodice and left off the sleeves
-Removed 3″ from the bottom wrap portion of the bodice
-Removed 3″ from both sides of the tunic skirt back
-Added a 38″ slit to the tunic front
-Added a pocket
-Added 6 pleats to each side of the tunic skirt back
-Added 8 pleats to the tunic skirt front
-Added 2 65×5″ belts to create the wrap
-Added 26″ to the length of the skirt

Tunic-DIY
Pants-Helmut Lang
Heels-Giuseppe Zanotti
Bangles-AV Max

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36 Comments

  1. April 29, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    OMG Nikki. Congrats doll. I'm sooooo excited for you mommy to be. Much blessings to you and the hubby doll. You look amazing and this tunic is EVERYTHING!!! xoxo

    • April 29, 2014 / 3:02 pm

      Thank you Natasha

  2. April 29, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    Hi, congratulations on your pregnancy! Babies bring so much joy! I absolutely love this tunic. Do you happen to have a tutorial? I would love to see a tutorial on this if you do them. Thank you sui much for sharing!

    • April 29, 2014 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you Shona on my list to do's is a few tutorials so stay tuned.

  3. April 29, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    So stunning. How many yards did you use? What is the width if that fabric? I may try to repeat but substitute for a pattern I already have. Well maybe not ……on my way to Hancock for b5454. Lol

  4. April 29, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    Stunning. I may have to try and recreate. I'm not expecting but I also have a pooch. Love you style variations they seem to fit me well. How many yards did you use? What is the width if that fabric? On my way to Hancock for another pattern.

    • April 29, 2014 / 3:05 pm

      The width is I believe 64" and I purchased 2 1/2 yards.

  5. Anonymous
    April 29, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Your sewing recreations are everything! You look great and many blessings to you and your husband for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

  6. April 29, 2014 / 3:17 pm

    You look Haute! Mama congrats

    • April 29, 2014 / 3:30 pm

      Thank you love

  7. April 29, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    Nikki, you look stunning!!!! My goodness you really make maternity fashionably Fabulous!!!!

    • April 29, 2014 / 5:10 pm

      Thank you Jennifer

    • April 29, 2014 / 5:11 pm

      No, I'm way too impatient for muslin

  8. April 29, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    Congratulations Nikki!!!! And you look lovely as usual:)

    • April 30, 2014 / 10:04 am

      Thank you so much

  9. April 29, 2014 / 11:14 pm

    This is fabulous Nikki! I KNEW I recognized that silhouette! Fantastic interpretation. I can't wait to see all of your pregnancy fabulousness. No one was being cute back when I was pregnant. So it's cool to see what all you're going to do!

    • April 30, 2014 / 10:05 am

      Thank you Erica

  10. April 30, 2014 / 12:34 am

    Congratulations Nikki, wishif you a enjoyable pregnancy and safe delivery. Love love what you did with the dress. Your sense of style is so classy and admirable….simply amazing. Looking forward to your tutorials.

    • April 30, 2014 / 10:05 am

      Thank you so much

  11. April 30, 2014 / 1:54 am

    Congrats on pregnancy! Sooo I'm a little confused….or more like a whole lot confused. …The image of the pattern I see is a knee length dress….Did you add length? I had to youtube what facing meant….how did that improve the garment?

    • April 30, 2014 / 10:13 am

      Thank you Tiffany, you are absolutely right, I failed to mention I added 26" to the length. Facing the bodice gave it more weight and gives a more finished look because it elimates seam stitching.

    • May 1, 2014 / 11:32 pm

      Thanks. I eventually put 2 & 2 together. …sry I was working 3rd shift while reading this. …I would love to see a tutorial on this if you have time with the baby on the way & all…..:)

  12. April 30, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    Congratulations! I wish you a safe pregnancy and healthy baby. I wanted to know if you'll be making baby clothes? If anyone can make those cheesy kids patterns look chic it's you!

  13. April 30, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    Congrats on your pregnancy, I love your creations; everything you make is so inspiring!

  14. May 5, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    You are so beautiful! Congratulations!!!

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