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This is a dress I made from a vintage maternity pattern (Simplicity 4635). Some of these pictures actually make the dress look a bit more flattering than the way it looks in real life. Maternity clothing from the 40’s was so different than it is today. The very first thing I noticed when sewing this up, is that the sash hits at the natural waist (which is something that completely disappears during pregnancy). All of the modern maternity dresses that I have are empire waist – nothing hits at my natural waist. Also, most maternity dresses today are made from knit fabrics rather than woven. This dress of course uses a woven fabric (in a vintage reproduction print).

I wore this dress to a 1940’s themed swing dance event. You can read more on my blog.