I loved my first make of this dress so much I made a second one. The fabric I used was a Kaufman Laguna Cotton Jersey. I absolutely love this fabric! It has 50% four-way stretch, is lightweight enough for tees and dresses without being see-through, and is very soft. At about $8/yard, it was also less than 1/3 of the price of the Art Gallery knit print I got for the first dress. I spent about $20 to make it.
Changes made to the pattern included shortening the sleeves by 1/2″ and the bodice length by 1/2″. Pretty darn simple!
The first time I made this dress, I had problems making the waistband seam line up at the side seams because I used the serger. Also, my serger doesn’t have well-defined lines for a 5/8″ seam. I kind of winged the seam depth when sewing the waistband to the bodice and waistband to the skirt and it didn’t look completely even. I wanted the dress to look more RTW, so I basted with the sewing machine first, just to get everything in place. I went over it again with a 4-thread overlock. The side seams match up almost perfectly and the waistband is the same width all the way around.
Once again, I used the coverstitch to finish the hems and the serger for all of the seams.
I love how easily this dress comes together and how accurate the sizing is. I think it’s a bit weird that I can see the nursing access through the first layer of the bodice but since hardly anybody knows what that is, it probably doesn’t matter.
I am T-minus 4 weeks so I doubt I’ll be making this pattern again. About a month ago, I had this really strong urge to do a ton of selfish sewing, and then realized that my body was about to change drastically. I really want to sew some summer knits and a few t-shirts, but I don’t know which size I’m going to end up in. Guess I’ll wait and see what happens.
I no longer feel like a cute, little pregnant lady like I did when I made the previous dress at 26 weeks. At 36 weeks pregnant, I have quite a bit of swelling in my feet, legs, hands and face. It is painful and inconvenient, but it’s temporary. It’s getting hard to move around and baby S reminds me to sit up straight with strong kicks to the ribs. Get her out of me!!! I mean…we can’t wait to meet her!