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Summer Sewing Challenge - Ocean Blue Maternity and Baby Dress

Added Aug 5, 2012

by No Idle Hands

Tampa, Florida, ...






This project made it to one of the finalist in the contest! Please support me and VOTE HERE
I will be over the moon if I can have a new sewing machine to make things for my baby girl =)
Thank you for your support!
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We are expecting our baby girl in 5 weeks’ time. I adapted Burda’s June 2010 maxi dress pattern for a mother/baby dress set. This pattern is brilliant – versatile, elegant and comfortable at the same time.

For the mother dress I wanted the back to be the visual focus with the full lace panel (my bump already gets enough attention!). I adjusted the back pattern to fit the lace panel and also eliminated the back darts to accommodate my non-existent waist line ;-) The front tucks on the original pattern are perfectly placed for a maternity dress and grows with my belly. It not only works as a maternity dress but also looks great afterwards as a regular summer dress.

For the baby dress I adapted the Sophia baby outfit pattern to the same style as the maxi dress by adding the round neckline and front tucks. For a finishing touch both the mother and baby dresses have the same tiny lace trim in the front.

I love how both outfits turned out. I can’t wait to wear them together with my baby girl next summer!

Material Notes

Silk/Cotton blend chiffon, Cotton lace




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Romantic
Chiffon, Lace/Sequins, Silk

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    Feb 9, 2016, 12.03 AMby sewing fanatic

    amazing work! love how you’ve added the pretty lace back =D

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    Aug 10, 2012, 08.55 PMby teamydear

    What an awesome lace inset you found!!!! Hope you win the contest, voted for you :-) PS: you should post a follow up picture with your baby girl when she’s there :-)

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    • Betty_dress-5_large

      Aug 10, 2012, 09.21 PMby No Idle Hands

      Thank you for the support! I definitely will :-)

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    Aug 8, 2012, 11.46 AMby Sewholic

    Hi, I voted for you. I love the choice of fabric and how you combined it with the lace. All the best with the pregnancy and the delivery. Perhaps later you can post a photo of you and your daughter wearing the matching outfits.

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    • Betty_dress-5_large

      Aug 8, 2012, 12.59 PMby No Idle Hands

      Thank you for your support! Yes I will definitely post a photo when my baby girl has arrived =)

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    Aug 8, 2012, 09.02 AMby quiltsewsewsue

    Gorgeous! Love the mother-baby outfit and so beautifully made!

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    Aug 8, 2012, 01.58 AMby Laura Uku-Adu

    I really like this dress and the colours stand out so well with the print. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

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    • Betty_dress-5_large

      Aug 8, 2012, 01.00 PMby No Idle Hands

      Thank you Laura for the support and encouragement =)

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    Aug 7, 2012, 11.59 PMby poppykettle

    Just GORGEOUS. I love Etsy for lace – I’ve found so many incredible pieces on there. I can’t say just how much I adore your dress!

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    Aug 6, 2012, 09.41 PMby libra-s


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    Aug 6, 2012, 09.33 AMby Mary Athey

    The two dresses are gorgeous. i love the lace inset in the back its a fab touch. xx

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    Aug 6, 2012, 01.09 AMby bright-ideas-studio

    This is so pretty! Where did you get the lace for the back?

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    • Betty_dress-5_large

      Aug 6, 2012, 09.41 AMby No Idle Hands

      Thank you! I got it on Etsy after looking everywhere for the right lace panel for this dress. Almost missed the sewing challenge deadline for it ;-)

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    Aug 6, 2012, 01.07 AMby schnui

    These 2 dresses are really lovely and you look beautiful in your dress. Wishing you a healthy and happy delivery of your little girl.

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    • Betty_dress-5_large

      Aug 6, 2012, 10.27 AMby No Idle Hands

      Thank you for the blessings =)

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    Aug 6, 2012, 12.34 AMby ctharp

    Such pretty dresses! Did you make the lace for the back of the dress?

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    • Betty_dress-5_large

      Aug 6, 2012, 09.40 AMby No Idle Hands

      I wish I did ;-) I found it on Etsy. It’s a soft cotton lace, lovely to sew with and wear.

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    Aug 5, 2012, 10.30 PMby Amber Bockman

    I just made that pattern & yours turned out way better. I think it’s a pattern that looks best with a print!

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    • Betty_dress-5_large

      Aug 5, 2012, 11.15 PMby No Idle Hands

      Thanks! Agree it looks better with print – I had this fabric for a while and have been looking for the right maxi dress pattern. And there it is!

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