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« on: August 01, 2006 03:48:34 PM »

OK, I'm not sure where this should go - I thought there was a separate thread for maternity wear but somehow I can't find it. Please move this if there is a more appropriate category.

In the same vein as the "Pamela" dress, the "Infinite dress", the "Quickie dress anybody can make" etc. I've found this maternity version by an Australian designer (who also does the "Ultimate dress" - another convertible dress).

Her website showing the variations: http://www.sachadrake.com.au/index.php?page=maternity&section=6%20Way%20Dress&sub_section=black&level=main-obj&site=v8

A review of the dress: http://www.fertilemind.com.au/page.asp?2573=415401&E_Page=374356

To see just how easy this pattern actually is, look at:
Instructions & diagrams: http://www.fertilemind.com.au/page.asp?2573=374315&E_Page=374356 - at the bottom of this page there are links to models demonstrating how to achieve some of the looks.

Just thought it might be helpful for someone.

« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006 10:12:01 AM »

When you said "helpful for someone", you must have meant ME!!!    Shocked  I attempted making a similar maternity top and posted it in Rostitchery's the Quickie Dress that Anybody Can Make thread, but I really like the design of the one you've linked to- one continuous piece for the "straps" really intriques me, and I like how it looks with that one piece just hanging down aka strapless-dress style.  I need to find the right fabric to make this, and when I do, I'll post pics.
THANK YOU!!!   Grin
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2006 11:35:44 AM »

Wow!  That looks a lot more bra-friendly than the other versions I've seen, and the wrapping seems more foolproof.  Once I get some free time (yeah, when will that happen?) and find some cheap fabric, I might have to give this a try.

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006 11:58:24 PM »

Great! I'd love to see someone's version of this.

« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2006 07:47:54 AM »

Wow, that does look pretty easy, thanks for posting!  If I find some cheap stretchy fabric in the near future I may attempt this.  I don't seem to have too many clothes to accomodate my growing tummy.
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2006 08:09:50 AM »

hopefully someone figures this out and posts a tutorial for those of us who want it (ME!!!) but can't quite wrap their head around how it is done (ME AGAIN!!!)  Smiley

« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2006 03:49:07 PM »

hopefully someone figures this out

Well, the way I see it, there are only three main pieces:
the skirt (ok, this might be two pieces - front & back)
the tube top
the overskirt / straps

The skirt looks to be an A-line with a bit more fullness at the front
-I'd slit the front of the skirt pattern up the middle, spread it out at the bottom a few inches, keeping the waist measurement the same and make a new pattern from that, with the extra cone shaped panel in the middle

The tube top is just that
- basically just a tube of fabric, wide enough to cover your breasts

The overskirt is harder to explain
- this really bad pic I did in paintshop is still better than me trying to explain it (I think). The top part is the waist.

To make it up
- at the waist, you'd just have pin the right side of the overskirt to the right side of the tube top,  then the wrong side of the overskrt to the right side of the waist of the a-line skirt,
- Now you'll have a sandwich with the tube top on one side, the overskirt in the middle and the skirt on the otherside.
- The wrong side of the tube top and the wrong side of the A-line skirt will be on the outside
- Now you just sew up the waist.

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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2006 09:24:13 AM »

I really like this dress, even though I'm not preggers, nor am I planning to be. 2 kids are enough!

I'm going to be having a field day sewing all these convertable dresses/tops/skirts/etc.!!
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2006 11:42:35 AM »

The boob tube seems like it could potentially be dangerous with growing boobs. I can't really see how a tube top is bra friendly, esp. given the industrial construction of most maternity bras. Anyone have ideas for modifications on this part? Otherwise I love this dress and was hoping to make the convertible dress as per rostichery's instructions with some modifications for maternity. I'll keep an eye on this thread!

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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2006 09:20:39 PM »

The boob tube seems like it could potentially be dangerous with growing boobs. I can't really see how a tube top is bra friendly, esp. given the industrial construction of most maternity bras. Anyone have ideas for modifications on this part?

I had assumed you would still wear a bra under it (I would with mine, even though I'm not pregnant). It's just that with the tube and the straps, there's less chance of your bra actually showing in all the wrong places.

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