Maternity sewing patterns
Stay comfortable and stylish during your pregnancy with these lovely maternity sewing patterns
When you're expecting a baby, it's not always easy to find clothes that you feel comfortable in. It can also be difficult to find clothes that look smart for work.
Sewing your own maternity clothes can be a good way to make sure you have everything you need. It means that you can keep your unique style too!
Most of the patterns we've included in this round-up can be worn throughout your pregnancy. They'll fit neatly around your bump as your stomach gets bigger. We've included tops, casual jumpsuits, elegant dresses and leggings, so you'll be able to sew an outfit for every occasion.
Some of these maternity sewing patterns are also suitable for nursing after you've given birth, so you'll get a lot of use out of them. When you no longer need them, you could pass your finished garments on to friends or relatives. You could donate them to charity too.
Read on to discover our favourite maternity patterns…
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10 maternity sewing patterns
1. Alcott Dress, Cashmerette
Sew a glamorous wrap dress in comfy knits with this popular pattern which comes with a maternity skirt option. Alcott has an empire waist which sits nicely above your growing bump, and it can be made with short flutter sleeves or long ruffle sleeves and with either a knee-length full skirt or a ruffled midi skirt. This pattern is available in sizes 12–28 and in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). Visit Cashmerette’s website to find inspiration for this pattern – it seems nobody can make just one of these!
2. Nursing tees and tunics, 3132, Jalie
With nursing and regular versions available, you’re guaranteed to get plenty of use from this pattern. Choose to sew a nursing hoodie and tee in either tunic or T-shirt length with this versatile knit pattern; the tunic-length T-shirt or hoodie pair well with leggings for a comfy and casual look. All designs are quick and easy to sew and with a range of 17 sizes (0–22) you can choose to make one for friends and family as well. Why not get creative and make a colour-block version or mix and match prints?
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3. Lily Top, Sew Over It
This pretty design from Sew Over It grows with your bump! The raised front hem means you can wear this throughout and after your pregnancy with no alterations required, and the double-layer bodice make it perfect for nursing, too.
4. Bettine dress, Tilly and the Buttons
Choose from knits or wovens with this easy-wear dress from Tilly and the Buttons. The elasticated empire waist is designed to sit above your bump, and the blousy bodice can be made with a button front to make breastfeeding easy when the baby arrives.
5. Floreat dress and top, Megan Nielsen Patterns
If you’ve got an event coming up and you don’t want to sacrifice comfort for style, the Floreat is the answer! There are four variations available, so you can mix and match sleeve lengths and choose between a blouse or dress.
6. Maternity leggings, Makerist
This simple make is constructed from just two pattern pieces, and just as well because they’re so comfy you’ll be wanting to make these on repeat! They’re high-waisted and cover your bump, so they’re great for pairing with a long tee or dress.
7. Anna Dress maternity hack, By Hand London
With a few simple adjustments, the elegant Anna Dress can be transformed into a practical and pretty maternity top. You’ll shorten the bodice and add a half-circle skirt to make this beautiful top. A lovely silky rayon would be perfect for this.
8. Sallie Jumpsuit, Closet Core Patterns
This pattern comes highly recommended from Lauren of Guthrie & Ghani. This comfy knit design will last you through most of your pregnancy, and it’s so easy to wear and style you’ll be reaching for it in your wardrobe again and again. These are lots of options for customisation too, including a maxi skirt for the bottom half.
9. Kielo Dress, Named Clothing
Casual, stylish, comfortable, unique - this dress has it all! You can also choose to sew this unusual wrap-front design as a jumpsuit. Both variations can be sewn with or without sleeves depending on the season.
10. MyFit Underwear, Apostrophe Patterns
This pattern is generated based on your measurements, and with unlimited access to the pattern you can make as many variations as you want to! Choose the coverage, waistband and leg band style you want and customise the fit to make your perfect pair of undies.
Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints