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 👌🏻 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.
I’ve made dungarees before – the Pauline Alice Turias but the rise was too high, I split the back seam and the straps too short. To summarise they were just too uncomfortable. In my last pregnancy I made the Marilla Walker Roberts collection but they came out really oversized and once I went back to my pre pregnancy size they were far too big. I’d been looking at modifying maybe the Mila dungarees or the Turias again to make them maternity friendly. I do like a bump in dungarees!
In comes the Yanta overalls by Helen’s closet – they’re very similar to a pair I’ve seen advertised in some gorgeous drapey linen and I put them on my post partum list.
Then I lost my sewjo, despite buying new fabric I just did not want to sew and I realised it was because the patterns I had in mind (Myosotis and Fringe) I’d made recently and was totally uninspired. I decided to make the Yantas after seeing Rachel’s gorgeous version and thought perhaps they might be maternity friendly if I lengthened the straps.
I cut my pre pregnancy size (6/8/10) and tried them on. I couldn’t even get them over my hips! I had some doubt about how they’d look considering they’re oversized and was having project anxiety (anyone else convinced they’ll hate their garment in the middle of sewing it?!).
Also the eagle eyed of you may notice that I turned the front pocket upside down – I just wasn’t feeling the triangular top. Also I wish I’d added inseam pockets as those front pockets are pretty useless with a bump!
After some brainstorming I decided to add a piece of jersey at the side seams which would be easy to remove after the baby arrives which would accommodate my bump.
The instructions are impeccable, as is the drafting and they came together surprisingly quickly. My denim isn’t particularly thick but not very drapey so I reduced the side seams by another inch. the denim came from my stash as I didn’t want to buy yet more fabric for a project which might not work out. Luckily I love them!
You’d think being pregnant that would’ve put a spanner in my Make 9 list but actually a lot of my make 9 was fairly maternity friendly.
1. the boxy tops I’ve shelved for now but I have plenty planned for post partum
2. The jordy bralette will definitely get made, but I’m planning on making it later in my pregnancy.
✅3. The suzon blouse I made in January before I fell pregnant.
4. The Roscoe is on my to make list shortly!
✅5. Penny dress (a fab maternity dress)
✅6. Fiona sundress – snook in at the end of last year!
7. Burda blazer – I actually changed this to the Ready to Sew and I have all the supplies just waiting for the motivation/time
8. the McCall’s shirt has been shelved for now due to it being fairly form fitting
✅ 9. The Myosotis dress which is BRILLIANT for maternity. I live in this dress and plan on making more.
4/9 completed so far and we’re only in May! I’m pretty happy with that.
I love Deer and Doe releases, they just get it SO right. Last summer/spring? When they released the myosotis I immediately posted about them on Instagram and bless my boyfriend who bought me both the trousers and dress from the collection.
This is technically my third version of the myosotis dress. I made the first up in an old bed sheet but the fabric turned out to be too stiff and far too twee for my tastes now.
Then over Christmas I decided to make the dress but with the Roscoe blouse sleeves. I idiotically didn’t read the instructions properly and only cut one of the skirt! I had mere scraps of the fabric leftover and didn’t have enough to cut another. Figuring I could just cut the panel in half, I sewed it to the top and couldn’t get it over my hips! Determined not to let the fabric go to waste I used the bottom frill to make it into a top. Which I have. Worn. To. Death. Literally every week it’s been in my rotation!
When I got pregnant and I wanted to make some maternity friendly clothes immediately thought of this dress. It’s roomy and has buttons down the front which makes it nursing friendly. Win/win! Another clear hit, since I made it less than a week ago I’ve already worn it three times. Hooray for a clear wardrobe winner. I’ve already ordered some more rayon to make another as it’s so comfy and easy to wear.
I made a Sewoverit Penny dress out of Atelier Brunette rayon. I bought 2m as I usually do to find I was way way too short. I normally manage to do some Tetris and fit it on but that skirt is huge. I find this a lot with SOI patterns. The last one I made was the Eve dress and I had to do the same thing – order more fabric in the middle of a project. Honestly it’s put me off making their patterns (not that their schtick is really my style).
Anyway it was really nice to do some sewing for the first time in weeks! I’ve been tired and low on patience and it was sorely needed. I used some of the Kylie and the Machine labels I bought recently and I adore them 😍
I dislike the collar/facing instructions – it’s fiddly and my collar had a lot of ease in it. I’m almost felt like I needed to stretch out the bodice for it to fit. It didn’t help that I unpicked it, sewed it again and THEN realised I’d run out of bobbin thread 🤦🏻♀️
I couldn’t get the collar facing sewn properly, took four attempts or sewing/unpicking until I realised I’d sewn the facing down for the placket and that was stopping me from sewing it properly. That’s what you get for not following instructions!
It took a while to make this dress and as a result it’s one of my neatest makes for a while – I’ve had a tendency lately to rush through my sewing to get it finished but I enjoyed really taking my time.
It’s also another good maternity dress for which I made no adjustments, it has an elasticated waist and a long skirt which means as my bump gets bigger it shouldn’t need lots of adjustments. It’ll also be good for after baby with the button down front for nursing.
It’s been a while sewing friends. I got into a good place with my sewing, making things that I wore frequently and that fit in with my wardrobe. And then I got pregnant! We weren’t thinking about it for long and then hello positive pregnancy test. I was in shock for a few weeks and forced myself to make a Hinterland dress which was not my style anymore (because I thought it would be good maternity wear) and my sewing motivation went kaput.
We had an early scan for reassurance and little jelly bean is growing well. I’ve mainly spent the first trimester watching Netflix in bed – growing a baby with a full time job and a threenager is no mean feat.
Around 10 weeks my energy levels started to pick back up again and I managed to do some sewing!
I chose the Fringe dress because I’d seen another pregnant lady wear one and it has buttons down the front which makes it a good nursing dress.
I’m not interested in making clothes just for maternity so I’ve been making a lot of this style of dress. I’ve already made a Penny dress and a Myosotis dress which were dull to make due to being similar construction but they’ve been worn to death! The fabric is the ubiquitous Rifle Paper Co but I’ve had it so long I can’t remember where I bought it. Sadly I didn’t even buy any of the new collection because it just wasn’t to my taste.
The dress is easy to construct due to the kimono sleeves and the cuffs which are added on after. In order to make it maternity friendly I raised the waist a half inch and left the waist darts off. It’s a loose fitting dress which I love to wear whilst pregnant but also once the baby is here. These pictures were taken in Mevagissey, Cornwall at the beginning of our Cornish holiday.