Suitably autumnal, this is a wearable toile of the lovely Darling Ranges dress by Megan Nielsen. I've been eyeing this pattern up for quite a while, and finally treated myself after a rather disappointing maternity shopping experience.
I've moaned about high street maternity wear plenty of times but have no shame in adding one more tale. Having pretty much nothing in my wardrobe to see me through work for the last month or so I ordered a few bits from ASOS, they looked good on the website, one in particular being a denim shirt dress which I thought would be a good staple piece and probably be wearable after spud is born too.
My oh my, it was quite possibly the worst item of clothing I have ever tried on. I would add pictures of the offending item but it seems I deleted them from my phone...probably for the best. Basically the most ill fitting and dowdy dress ever, prison wear/potato sack/tent came to mind....miserable. But anyway it reminded me why I make my own clothes so I packed it back off for a refund and bought myself this pattern and some fabric (which, by the way, cost about half the price of the dress)
I do intend to make this up in denim/chambray but went for some cotton first to check the fitting etc. and went for making up the whole dress rather than checking the fitting as I went.
I chose my usual sizing across the shoulders and then graded out a bit at the bust and considerably more at the waist to accommodate the bump. The waistline of the dress is a little higher than usual so left as is.
I really like the shape of this dress and the button front is cute (and hopefully practical in months to come) I love this length of sleeve too, they should actually have an elastic hem at the elbow but I left this out, I prefer them to hang loose.
The sizing has worked out fine. An addition I do like (but has proved hard to photograph) is that it has some little ties at the back to cinch the waist in, so in theory I'll be able to wear this one for a while as the bump reduces too.
For a dress with a button placket this comes together really easily. I love the use of bias binding around the neckline rather than a facing too. I added a few more buttons than it requires on the bodice, to stop any gaping-especially at the waistline as I won't be wanting to belt this dress.
I will need to take some excess out of the front bodice, it ripples a bit on the chest, and for my next version I'll grade down at the waist a bit for a post pregnancy version, but those handy little back ties mean you don't have to be too accurate on that measurement which is great at the moment when I'm not too sure what I'll be in the months to come.
So now I'm denim shopping and hoping that I can find a bit of time to sew another one of these up in the next couple of weeks. Roll on maternity leave!