Surprise! Ok, maybe that wasn’t the best of segues but at 24 weeks and counting my wardrobe choices have taken a serious hit.
I lost two of my favourites, the Papercut La Sylphide (sadly now OOP) and Colette Rooibos of which I’ve made multiple versions, at around 19 weeks when baby decided to expand his residence upwards above my natural waist line. 8 dresses down, let’s keep going…
My So Over It Betty dresses and Vogue 1353s are on their last weeks. They’ve lasted a little longer due to the slightly higher waists and full skirts. That’s 5 more gone! What’s left?
So I’m down to my Pauline Alice Cami Dress, which is lasting only because it too has a high waist, gathered skirt and it was too big for me anyway, Kitschy Coo Lady Skater (yay for stretchy merino) and Papercut Clover dress which is great worn with a high belt. I only ever made one each of these dresses. Well that’s clearly not going to cut it is it? I need some new dresses ASAP!
I’m not a huge fan of maternity specific patterns. Sewing new outfits is a big effort for me and I don’t want to have to shelve them come December after baby arrives so I’m on the lookout for patterns that will still suit me postpartum and beyond, maybe with a few modifications.
Let’s take a dive through my pattern stash!
So as well as making another Lady Skater and Clover dress my short list is:
I’ve also bought two maternity specific patterns because stretchy fabric is life right now and also they look so cute and fast to make:
With so many baby things being quickly added to my sewing queue I’m unlikely to get to all of these but dream-sewing alongside real-sewing is a fun way to pass the weeks.
For my first experiment into Maternity-But-Not-Really-Sewing I’m going with a wrap dress that’s been on my to-sew list for ages. It’s a vintage pattern, Vogue #1679 Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress. This pattern is single sized, unfortunately one size too big for me, but with the general overall body expansion I decided to sew it as drafted and see how it turned out. Later I can grade this pattern down a smaller size or two. It did turn out a tiny bit big for me but it’s been a while since I sewed from a vintage pattern and I really enjoyed it.
This dress is really well finished with full length interfacing on the bodice and skirt edges, full length facings, lots of stay stitching (I used fusible stay tape instead) and beautiful clear instructions.
Let’s see how it turned out:
The front wrap has great coverage, crossing right over to the opposite side seam. Great on a windy photo day! I spent a lot of time while laying out this pattern to get good stripe matching and no twinning on the bodice. I think I did pretty well, the stripes continue up seamlessly.
Inside out you can see the nice wide facings, all under-stitched, interfaced, and stay taped so that they lie against the body really nicely and won’t stretch out. I only overlocked the edge of the facing (in magenta of course!), all other seams are left unfinished. This fabric won’t fray and it makes for a nice soft interior.
The extra finishing steps were really worth it to help this dress last as long as possible and make it comfortable to wear. I really enjoyed sewing this one and I definitely see a couple more in the future. Stretchy fabrics and I are best friends right now!
Have you sewn from a vintage pattern lately? What other maternity-but-not-really patterns have you tried?
Happy Sewing! 🙂