Maternity Colette Crepe
Added Jun 25, 2011
My first Colette Pattern! I also own the Beignet and Sencha patterns, can’t wait to make those post-pregnancy. This pattern was an absolute dream to work with! I made two muslins, because there were a number of adjustments for maternity wear.
I raised the waistline by about three inches, removed the CF seam and cut on the fold instead. I lowered the bust darts to accommodate my growing bustline, and contoured the waist darts for the same reason. I added about 2.5 inches to waist at the skirt CF, and then made just a few gathers right there at the very center to create some rounding for my belly. I also took about an inch off the shoulders at front and back, since I am short from shoulder to bust, and lowered the neckline to compensate. Lastly (I think) I dropped the pockets by about 1.5 inches, to be sure they would hit below the belly. Oh, and I also made the hem a little shallower in the front to keep it from rising too high as my belly grows.
I LOVE LOVE the little cap sleeves, and the slightly extended shoulder they give you! I like the ties hanging down the back, but I adore the tiny little bow at center front. Overall I am very satisfied with this pattern, and I think I will be able to continue wearing this piece post pregnancy by just tying the sash a little lower on my abdomen. Or I can just make more Crepes ;-).
Some really fun printed cotton from Josephine’s Dry Goods in Portland, and linen look teal cotton (so soft!) from the same shop. I had originally wanted to make the dress in the teal, with just the printed sash, but there wasn’t enough of the teal left! This made a good alternative, though it is certainly a lot louder then my original vision.