Infinity dresses are named for the infinite ways they can be worn, thanks to the innumerable ways you can wrap the straps to make the bodice uniquely yours. Our Infinity Dress Sewing Pattern is a deluxe version featuring:
- a pleated front to accommodate A-F cups
- shaped straps to minimize bulk when wrapping
- a waistband that provides stability and waist definition
- an optional separate bandeau top (available in regular and maternity) to be worn under the dress for more skin coverage
- many marked hem lengths to make it easy to make a knee length, midi, or maxi dress no matter your height
The waistband has elastic in the back which is hidden with a lining so that the dress is comfortable and the elastic won’t rub your skin. The half circle skirt makes this maternity friendly and the flexibility of the straps makes it nursing friendly. A huge plus of this pattern is that it works no matter what stage of life you’re in – it’s suitable when you’re pregnant, nursing, postpartum or none of the above! And the best part is that you can keep wearing the same dress through all of these stages. When going from maternity to postpartum all you have to do is change out the bandeau top. For nursing, you can choose a way to wrap the straps in such a way that it provides you with the easiest access.
The Knit Infinity Dress is a Maternity Sewing Exclusive meaning it is available for sale only on Maternity Sewing. This pattern is the first collaboration between Erin and Lisa, co-owners of Maternity Sewing. Besides gathering great patterns from other designers, we also want to add to our collection ourselves. We saw a gap in our offerings – a dress for special occasions – so we set out to create such a pattern! Despite having very different styles, we both love our finished dress. Lisa feels elegant and comfortable, pictured here at 36 weeks pregnant, and Erin loves that her she can take the same dress from sassy to vintage.
The pattern is layered so you can print only the size you need and it tells you exactly which pages you need to print for your chosen options so you can minimize pages printed (in either home print (both 8.5×11″ and A4) or copy shop/A0 format). Additionally, it comes with a “template” print option that allows you to further minimize pages printed by using the templates and doing a little drafting yourself.
We have a full sewalong for the Knit Infinity Dress coming to the blog over the next few weeks. Order your fabric now, and you’ll have a holiday dress right on time! It does require a bit of fabric – (4.5 – 6 yards depending on your chosen size and hem length) but it’s a quick sew nonetheless. You can find all of the sewalong posts gathered on our Infinity Dress Sewalong page (or just keep an eye on our blog!). You can hear more about our process of developing the pattern on episode 8 of our podcast.
“This dress accentuates my growing bump beautifully! I’m excited to be able to wear it for postpartum nursing too. Initially, I didn’t think the long ties and different ways of wrapping them were “me”, but I’m so glad I did test it because I think it’s amazing!!!” Audrey is 24 weeks pregnant in these photos. Find Audrey on her blog and on Instagram. Audrey has also shared her personal struggles through many pregnancies on episode 7 of our podcast.
“I’ve never worn or owned an infinity dress. I didn’t think it would be so easy to sew it by just following the instructions given. While it works for maternity, I loved the fact that it can work well with a not pregnant body while minimizing attention to the belly.” Find Christine on Instagram.
“I have always wanted a dress like this, it being so versatile, but never imagined being able to sew something like this on my own. You can style it such that you get a ton of different looks with one dress! I love that it’s very simple and relatively fast to sew! Honestly, my two favorite parts are the circle skirt and how much the straps overlap in the front—that provides so much coverage, which I really appreciate!” Courtney.
“The infinity dress truly is wearable in an infinity of ways. If you add the optional bandeau you can feel safely covered while experimenting with some of the more dramatic styles. You get a polished, formal look even with the “safe” tie styles and no bandeau. While formal events can feel especially intimidating while pregnant or post partum, this dress is magically attractive and comfortable at each stage.” Find Joanna on Instagram.
“This pattern is really easy and quickly sewn. You really have so many possibilities to tie and wear the dress! I also love the fact that it can either be worn as a maternity dress, for nursing or as a normal dress. I also like the versatility: you can wear it as a summer dress, for work (with the bandeau and straps crossed in the back) or for special occasions. I personally love backless or asymmetric dresses, that are a bit sexy…unfortunately they’re not suitable for many everyday situations. With this dress, you can just choose how to wear it!” Kiki is 22 weeks pregnant in these photos. Find Kiki on her blog.
“I’ve always loved Infinity Dresses, but the one I made years ago from a tutorial just wasn’t great. This one is so much better with the pleats in the straps to give more bust shaping and coverage, and the elastic in the back makes a huge difference.” Find Nikki on her blog and on Instagram.