Added Sep 30, 2011
I know this isn’t technically a maternity OR dress pattern, but with just a little lengthening I managed to make it both!
I love this pattern. I’ve made the blouse with no changes once before and it’s got the most wonderful details – french seams & other lovely seam finishings, a very sweet keyhole neckline, etc. I knew it would make a sweet dress.
I omitted the ties, lowered the keyhole neckline so that I had a bigger opening to get my head through, added 15-20 inches to the length to make it into a dress, and then zig-zagged some elastic just under the bust making it an empire waisted garment. I did not have to add any width to make this roomy enough for a maternity dress; it has quite a bit of ease on its own. That being said, I think the original top paired with a crisp pencil skirt is killer. I did not ever find the original blouse too poofy for non-maternity wear, but others may disagree.
The final word? I love this pattern! Whether it’s the original blouse or my altered dress, I find this garment comfortable, chic, and great to sew. Even with the details, it comes together quickly and intuitively. I highly recommend this to all levels!
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