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« on: July 10, 2010 11:30:51 AM »

Having to go to several weddings and looking at maternity dresses in stores, I decided to make my own because it was cheaper and I got to use NICE fabric, not polyester. Anyway, here are the things I have done so far.

Now I am only a month away from giving birth, but I have some more patterns to make for pre/post pregnancy lounging around the house.

This one is Butterick 5348 I made it to fit my new bust measurment and omitted the zipper (I can pull it on just fine) In fact I took out about 3"total from the back. I slightly altered the front empire seam line and added a band with ties. In the back I also added a little elastic to suck up the back a bit.

This one is a pattern I found at work (I work in a costume shop), it is a 1970's McCalls maternity pattern. I am unhappy with it because it is way to big across the armpits and I think it looks a little frumpy. I guess because I said this to my husband before he could say anything he kept on reassuring me I look fine. I realized that I should have used the above pattern as the basis since they both have raglan sleeves. and the top one fits!

The third one I started with McCall's 5843 but again that was silly, because the skirt part is just gathered (more flared than the Butterick) and I completely changed the bodice, so it was more of a complete bodice than a bodice section with wide straps. Again just a pullover style, no closures.


The patterns I am working on next are New Look 6962 (my pattern says 0561, but that comes up with nothing!) I'll have to add some more to the skirt part to make sure it can get around my belly! McCall's 5989 for the nightgown, with a modified top for more coverage and Simplicity 9505 because I am not ready to give up on an elastic neck raglan sleeve item!
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010 11:49:24 AM »

Beautiful work! I especially like the third dress. And that quilt in the background is so colorful. Did you make that, too?
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2010 12:31:18 PM »

Thanks, the quilt was made by a co-worker, half of the fabric in it was scraps/not used from a project at work. I love it too!
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2010 01:12:21 PM »

they are supper cute and they look comfy
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2010 02:07:23 PM »

My favourite is the last one, I love bright colours, you can dress it up with any number of the colours in the fabric.

The one that comes in second is the green dress, I like that you added the ties.

The top, doesn't do you justice-sorry! I think it's too full for your small frame. Can you take out some of the extra fabric along the neckline? Maybe make mini tucks instead of the elastic along the front and back but leave the elastic above the shoulders? Just a suggestion...I do love the colour if that helps! lol

With children 17 and 19 I miss having babies!
Congratulations by the way!
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2010 02:19:00 PM »

I am not going to do anything about the blue one. What I need to do is to take some of the fullness out of CF and CB. Or my other idea was to change the sleeves to "straps", then I could take in the side seams in the underarm, I think that might work. But I don't think it is worth it. I just don't wear it anywhere out in the "real world". I had contemplated cutting off the top and just making it be a skirt.

I really like the colorful floral one too. I am a bit sad that at some point in time it might be too big in the bust and too gathery when I am no longer pregnant. But I felt better when I realized if I can't alter it, I can take the skirt part (which is a big chunk of fabric) and make something else.
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2010 06:46:06 PM »

Wow, you are an awesome sewer!  I like ALL of them, yup - even the blue one! The last dress is just fabulous - great fabric choice and I love the neckline and the shade of green of the first one.

Congratulations and good luck for the remainder of your pregnancy!
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