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colour blocked like a log

Colour blocked Briar dress

And you’re wondering – what kind of a post title is that? WELL when i made this dress i was thinking “yay colour blocking!” and when i showed Bunny (she’s always the first person i show my new sewing creations too), she said “wow Mom you look just like a log!” hehehe. Out of the mouth of babes hey?

So anyway, ever since i saw this dress i’ve been thinking of making my own version using the Briar crop top and a gathered skirt. I never got around to it – but as soon as i fell pregnant i realised what a great maternity dress it would make. So i started experimenting. For my first try i just took the standard Briar crop top, and drafted a flared gathered skirt that worked with the curved waistline. And though I adore that dress and it looks pretty close to the dress i used as inspiration – as soon as i started wearing it i realised it didn’t really work on my pregnant body. The waistline was just too low and it hit me in all kinds of weird almost frumpy ways. It’s going to be super awesome when i’m not preggers anymore, but right now, it’s just a bit odd (ill blog it later). This dress is my third try, and i’m much happier with the fit.

The biggest change was raising the waistline of the Briar crop top (front and back) by around 3 inches. Though in the future i may also try making the bodice more fitted just to see what thats like. I’m definitely going to be making more of this design over my pregnancy – its just so comfy and flowy for our hot summers. The only issue is that when i raised the waistline i forgot i needed to also drop the hemline by the same amount to preserve my original hem length… ooops… it’s not a bad length by any means, it’s perfect for right now, but i know from experience that it won’t last me through my whole pregnancy at this length as my belly is just going to get so damn huge. But that’s okay! live and learn! I’m thinking a sleeveless maxi dress version up next…

In other news, i’m now 20 weeks pregnant / 4.5 months- So excited to be in the fun part of pregnancy now!

Colour blocked Briar dress

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Dress: Megan Nielsen Briar gathered dress // Sewing pattern + a gathered skirt
Hat: Country Road (last year)
Shoes: Country Road (last year)
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth 

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Kelly Rodgers
10 years ago

It looks awesome Megan. I am so impressed that you are making some maternity clothes. I really wanted to, but my sewing mojo has pretty much disappeared since being pregnant. Congrats on making it to 20 – I’m just ahead of you at almost 27 weeks. And it’s kicking my butt!

10 years ago

Meg, this dress is so lovely. Honestly, one of my favorite dresses I’ve seen. I love the way to angled the color blocking!!!

10 years ago

Cute dress. Nicely done.

10 years ago

Ah Megan I love it! How did you figure out how to cut the top of the skirt to match the curved waist? I NEED TO MAKE THIS DRESS.

Holly Darling
10 years ago

Love this variation, Meg!

Veronica Darling
10 years ago

Sweetie, we are on the same wavelength right now, I made a similar dress the other week, just a bit different of course… plus I’m not pregnant, just in need of cooler floppy clothes!

Wishing you guys a happy Christmas! And yay halfway through pregz xoxo


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