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Maternity Colette Crepe

Added Jun 25, 2011

by corduroycoat

Portland, Oregon...






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 ;-).

Material Notes

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.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Jul 8, 2011, 04.27 PMby thefabledneedle

    That’s the prettiest maternity dress ever!

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      Jul 9, 2011, 05.08 AMby corduroycoat

      Thank you so much! It’s so nice to not have to settle for what’s in the shops!

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    Jul 8, 2011, 02.46 PMby daughterfish

    This is one of the prettiest maternity dresses I’ve ever seen! You look beautiful. You actually don’t look pregnant from the front, perhaps the pattern? Anyhow, lovely either way:)

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      Jul 9, 2011, 05.07 AMby corduroycoat

      Thank you! The busy print definitely helps that, yes. I am also carrying really high and forward, so it’s hard to tell I’m pregnant from the front and back. I’m six months along now and some people still don’t notice I’m pregnant!

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    Jun 27, 2011, 04.31 PMby beaufabulous

    Awesome job! This dress is beautiful :)

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    Jun 26, 2011, 04.30 PMby turtlegirl00

    I love this dress—super flattering and the colors with the sash are perfect!! I also LOVE your turtle tattoo :) Can you share the brand of fabric?

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      Jun 27, 2011, 04.57 PMby corduroycoat

      Thank you! I’m really sorry, I have already tossed my scraps from this dress, so I can’t check the selvage to get the brand name. It was purchased at Josephine’s Dry Goods in Portland, you could probably give them a call to find out if you really had your heart set on it.

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    Jun 26, 2011, 09.47 AMby bridlin

    Beautiful! I really like the dress and the fabric is amazing!

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      Jun 27, 2011, 04.57 PMby corduroycoat

      Thank you! It’s a bit loud, but it’s fun for a summer dress :-).

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