I’ve been wanting to blog about this dress for soooo long – this has been my favourite make this pregnancy, and has also been the hardest to get a photo of. Sometimes blogging is a really hilarious hobby, and i can’t even tell you how many times Chris and i have tried to get a photo of this dress and then it’s all fallen through for one reason or another. Like since Christmas day. Which was four months ago. Actually it’s surprising that i don’t hate this dress by now hehehe.
You may recognise the style, its another iteration of two maternity dresses i’ve shared previously (one and two) – but this one i think is the best. Or at least, i love it the most. And at 39 weeks pregnant (YOWZA!) I can confidently say it’s worked the whole pregnancy, and will work beyond. That always makes me really happy!!
As you may recall, i originally started with the Briar crop top as a base. But honestly the bodice pattern has been altered in so many ways since then, that it barely resembles that original pattern. I love it so much that i’m rather tempted to release it as a new maternity dress pattern at some stage – thoughts?
The actual sewing of this dress was pretty funny. I had a very specific vision of how i wanted it to look, and I was determined to do it late one night. And then i reminded myself of why i shouldnt sew late at night in bad light. I used black velour, of which i had in two pieces – and took for granted that the nap was correct, without actually physically checking. The result was this and almost resulted in tears. But thankfully i had just enough fabric to recut one of the bodice pieces, flip and recut one of the skirt pieces (obviously the skirt pattern had to be adjusted at that point to compensate). But phew! I got the dress i wanted, and it’s been constantly in rotation since then. So lesson learnt, when nap is involved, don’t just eyeball it and imagine that your eyes are so awesome you can see the difference – nothing beats the hand!
[Make this look]
Dress: Megan Nielsen Briar gathered dress // Sewing pattern + a gathered skirt
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // Peep toe super high in natural