Orchid Midi dress

The Orchid midi dress looks deceptively simple but when I started to cut into the pieces I found a whopping 19 different pieces!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining but I started this dress 2 days before my birthday hoping to have something new to wear. Spoiler alert: I got it done πŸ‘ŒπŸ» We went to Betty’s in York for afternoon tea and had a little wander around.

There’s some really interesting construction methods with this dress and I actually had to read the instructions! Which was nice for me, I’d been sick all week and needed to flex my brain cells. The drafting and instructions are impeccable, which from sewing the Fringe dress, I’ve come to expect from Chalk and Notch. The instructions are incredibly detailed and she also does a shortened list without any pictures which is fab for an intermediate sewist.

The fabric came from America, when browsing the Instagram hashtag I saw more than one dress made in this particular fabric and I had to have it. I’m a total sucker for a dark blue floral, it’s very me! I found it on fabric.com in the end and was expecting it to take a month or more to deliver. I’m not exaggerating when 3 days later UPS dropped it at my door! It didn’t even turn out to be anymore expensive either considering I needed 3 yards for the dress.

I cut my usual size (4-6-8) except I accidentally graded to an 8 at the waist instead of the hips, no big deal considering I need the bump room but I’m a little concerned it may make the dress too big post partum. It’s an easy fix if so! This pattern is brilliant for maternity, there’s loads of ease built in (5 inches at the bust) and the length means it won’t get too short as the bump grows. I lengthened the slit because when I held the skirt up to me the top of the slit was around my crotch area 😳

I didn’t use any interfacing because 1) I’d run out and 2) I hate interfacing and 3) the fabric is pretty beefy without. I had no problems sewing this dress except for my own stupidity when reading instructions – I’m not used to doing that now so it took some time to engage brain again! Sewing has become so automatic for me now.

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