At long last! Here's the review for my winter maternity dress, along with pictures taken over a week ago... This last week has been way too busy for my own taste!
(pictures taken at 6 months+1 week, i.e. 29 weeks pregnant)
So, here is Simplicity 3678, which I made in its regular (non-maternity) version twice in the past: a winter version with crossover bodice back in 2007 (which currently looks pretty cute over my bump and leggings); and a summer version, with scoop bodice and cap sleeves, in 2009.
My alterations for maternity wear here were fairly simple:
- I cut the top bodice 2 sizes larger than usual at the front
- as with Simplicity 2580, I removed the taper from hips to waist in the front skirt, which gave me a rectangle for the front skirt. I redistributed the extra fabric with gathers centered at the middle front (NOT all the way around, which wouldn't have been as flattering, especially as my bump sits all at the front and not at all at the sides).
- this time, given that my bump is much bigger than back in the summer, I also lengthened the center front of the skirt, by drafting a hem that scoops down from the sides to the middle. This allows the hem to remain even.
See? Even hem all around :)
I have been getting so much wear out of this dress - it is great for layering with warm tops and tights underneath, boots and a lovely red cardigan (not handmade) if it's really cold, and of course, my red coat!
One last picture for the fun of it:
If/when I feel less tired, I'm still hoping to sew pyjamas and (perhaps?) an extra top for the last couple of months before the baby comes. We'll see. For now, though, I really need to rest up!