Added Dec 18, 2009
by Galadriel F
Leeds, United Ki...
We were invited to a party, and being six months pregnant, none of my going-out clothing fits any more. Solution: sew it myself, of course. I did not want a tent dress, as so many maternity dresses seem to be. I think they make the wearer look more fat than pregnant, and I wanted something more fitted to show off my bump.
I altered a simple princess-seamed top into an empire bodice, adding sleeves (it is winter, after all). I then shaped a short skirt with front and back darts. All in all, it took about four hours (one hour at least was seam-ripping—I do that a lot), though I did make a muslin first (also about three/four hours). I didn’t bother finishing seams the way I normally like to, as this is a dress I won’t be able to wear much! However if I want to wear it again as I grow bigger, the darts in front can be re-shaped, or the front skirt panel can be replaced altogether, as I still have sufficient material leftover.
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