Wooohoo! I guess I officially got my energy back. I finished this dress in a week! Granted, its a no lining dress and made from a double knit-ish material (so its stretchy but not hard to sew with), its still an encouraging sign!
This is one of those dresses where I just started with a front bust piece, altered it and figured out the rest as I went. So there’s really no pattern for it.
I took a regular front bust pattern piece, you know, one of those with 2 darts to the bust, and just a short sleeve, then attached a skirt piece that had been fattened on the top and also lengthened on the top. I fattened it so that it has room for the pleats and it will expand horizontally. I lengthened so that when the tummy gets big, the skirt wont raise up too much in the front. Then i sewed the front bust and skirt together, making pleats as I go and making sure the bust pleat and the skirt pleat matched together.
I then used a back piece upper bodice along with the front dress piece folded in half to figure out what the back dress piece should be. Since the back was a little loose, I added two darts to fit.
After that I added a few rectangular stripes to the sleeves and the neckline to finish it. I wanted to cut the stripe for the neckline in bias, but there wasnt enough fabric left by then. oh well, i still like it.
The result is a dress I didnt think I would love! I hated the fabric when I first got it 2 years ago, but kept it around anyways. It wasnt the right color, and it felt a little cheap. However, it really helped that this is some kind of double knit material — very stable with the slight stretch, so very pleasant to sew up. With careful fitting and patient sewing (I had to redo the front pleats a few times to make sure they matched, and the neck line twice to make sure its the size I liked), I actually love the result. I feel very proper and sexy in it — it looks like the knit dresses Joan would wear in Madmen! With me getting a little “plus”, I am liking the look. The only regret is that I am avoiding high heels that would go so well with this!
I think I will be wearing this to a conference in a few weeks as an training facilitator, I would look pretty professional (well, in my line of work anyways) in this!
10 thoughts on “Madmen + LOFT Maternity Dress”
Very nice, you look so cute and I think the color is great. yes definitely a dress you can wear to a business meeting but also for fun events too.
Wow! I love it. It definitely does not make your legs look short. The pleats on the bodice work really well.
So cute! I think you’ll get a lot of miles out of this dress, there are so many occasions that it’s well suited to. Great job!
Simple dress yet the pleats add love to it.
So cute! And I love the color. You can make this dress casual or dress it up.
I love the color on you! And I love how the dress is more structured than most “maternity” items that are just poofy and flowy. Looking good momma! 😉
OMG! I love that color on you! It’s gorgeous. You did such a great job with the dress.
I so love that dress on you, Jue!!
I love it! The color is wonderful too =)
Hi, I just found today you´re expecting, so congratulations! The dress is lovely, and looks very practical, too! 🙂