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Madmen + LOFT maternity dress

Added May 4, 2011

by juebejue

San Jose, Califo...






This is one of those dresses where I just started with a front bust piece, altered it and figured out the rest as I went. So there’s really no pattern for it.

I took a regular front bust pattern piece, you know, one of those with 2 darts to the bust, and just a short sleeve, then attached a skirt piece that had been fattened on the top and also lengthened on the top. I fattened it so that it has room for the pleats and it will expand horizontally. I lengthened so that when the tummy gets big, the skirt wont raise up too much in the front. Then i sewed the front bust and skirt together, making pleats as I go and making sure the bust pleat and the skirt pleat matched together.

I then used a back piece upper bodice along with the front dress piece folded in half to figure out what the back dress piece should be. Since the back was a little loose, I added two darts to fit.

After that I added a few rectangular stripes to the sleeves and the neckline to finish it. I wanted to cut the stripe for the neckline in bias, but there wasnt enough fabric left by then. oh well, i still like it.

oh yeah! its called a LOFT + madmen because i got the pleating idea from an LOFT dress i saw online. and I feel like Joan from Madmen when i wear it! :)

Material Notes

polyester knit




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    May 12, 2011, 07.25 PMby jaimesews

    I am 27 weeks pregnant and have a wedding to go to next weekend. I’ve been searching for ideas and I think I’ve found a pattern…until I just saw your dress! Yesterday I wore a dress with a gathered skirt and a lady walked by and said, " WOW you’re HUGE!" So of course I felt great. Looking at the pattern I am going to use, I was considering taking some gathers at the tummy line on the side seam like a lot of maternity shirts to bring the fabric in under my belly a little to avoid the same problem. Your dress definitely affirms that idea for me and gives me some inspiration. Thanks for posting and congrats!

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    May 12, 2011, 06.41 AMby tracyx

    i love the color and it sure looks comfortable to wear in the new weather!

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    May 11, 2011, 04.13 AMby sew4esty

    Nawww…adorable! The colour, shape and style are brilliant!! :) Congrats on your pregnancy!

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    May 5, 2011, 11.10 PMby milkyway

    Soooooooooooo pretty

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    May 5, 2011, 06.55 PMby easbrooke

    Very lovely dress. :)

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    May 5, 2011, 04.49 PMby bhs

    Your dress is fabulous and color is great!

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    May 5, 2011, 04.39 AMby milnay3

    Thanks for posting this. I’m in need of a maternity dress and you have just given me a ton of ideas!

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    May 4, 2011, 08.53 PMby flowergirl22

    congrats,, when are you due??? hope to see some more crafty baby items on here

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      May 5, 2011, 04.10 AMby juebejue

      thanks! :) i will be due in october :)

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    May 4, 2011, 08.15 PMby brisehuus


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    May 4, 2011, 04.34 PMby gaviccaabri

    It’s beautiful!

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    May 4, 2011, 03.32 PMby robygiup

    Wonderful! Congratulations! :)

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    May 4, 2011, 03.07 PMby lepetithoot

    Awww, you and VivatVeritas make the cutest pregnant women! And your maternity clothes are so great!

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      May 5, 2011, 04.10 AMby juebejue

      aww, thats the greatest compliment ever! haha, i love how cute she looks when she was pregnant!

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    May 4, 2011, 12.12 PMby Priscilla Folley

    Your project is awesome and your pictures are great! Congratulations!

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    May 4, 2011, 09.12 AMby rogue-cellist

    This looks lovely, a flattering design and a beautiful colour. Congratulations on the pregnancy.

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