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the gathered waist briar dress

Megan Nielsen Briar pattern + gathered skirt

Back in December i showed you all a gathered dress i had made using the Briar crop top as a starting point – well this is the first version i made of that dress! It always feels kind of weird when i blog designs out of order, but oh well, such is life! Anyway, this dress was the original inspiration for the dress i’m wearing – it’s not exactly the same obviously, mine isn’t as billowy and the inspiration dress has drop shoulders, but i’m pretty happy because i feel the vibe is close enough.

I really love this dress, but unfortunately it’s just not quite right for maternity. As you can see it hits me a little bit weirdly. The waist seamlines are just a little too low. I think it’s most noticeable in the back as the gathers hit just above my backside, making it look well, kinda big hehehe. Not really my life goal i must admit! The length of the waistline also leads to a lot of fabric pulling in my lower back – which you can see in the photo below.

So when i went to create my next one (the first one i blogged) I raised the waistline by a few inches, and that solved a lot of the weird fit problems. I could have solved it by widening/spreading the entire bodice and making it as loose as the original inspiration, but i don’t know, i couldn’t bring myself to make something super baggy during pregnancy, i feel big enough already. I think once baby girl has been born i will probably make another version like this one, but with a looser top. I really can’t wait to wear this one when my body is a more normal shape as i think it’s going to look wayyyyy cuter. But even having said that, i have literally worn this dress to death this pregnancy. Even with the fit issues, i can’t stop wearing it :)

Ooooooh remember the tip i shared for getting great gathers in jersey fabric – the below two photos are a good example. The front of the skirt was gathered using that tip, but by the time i reached the back of the skirt i had run out of elastic thread, so i had to gather it the usual way. You can see that the gathers in the front view are much nicer and more uniform than the gathers in the back.

AND last thing – i’m now 33 weeks!! So just over 7 months, which means i have a maximum of just over 7 weeks before this baby arrives. Eeeek! so excited!! I’m like a nesting maniac at the moment, i should probably start sharing some of the things i’ve been making for baby girl! But until then, you can always catch up with what i’m doing on Instagram.

Megan Nielsen Briar pattern + gathered skirt[Make this look]

Dress: Megan Nielsen Briar crop top + gathered skirt // pattern + similar fabric
Shoes: Zomp
Necklace: Thrifted 

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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maddie
7 years ago

No first try is 100% and I think this is a great starting point. I agree with all your alterations and can’t wait to see the revised version.

Lacy
Lacy
7 years ago

I actually really like the way the seam is a little lower in the front. It looks really cute on you and is a refreshing change from the typical above-the-baby-bump look. :)

Jurgita
7 years ago

You look so lovely dear :)
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