About a year ago I solicited opinions via Instagram regarding possible dress designs for a wedding I was attending. I never posted about what I ended up deciding, but I did make the dress and even wore it to two weddings. Then I hit third trimester and was way too tired to think about sorting through pictures and blogging it.
Realized I have to make a dress for attending a wedding in a week and half...I've got a little bit of mint, lots of white, and a fair bit of navy knit fabric in the stash, so it looks like color blocking is the way to go! I may or may not have just spent an hour drawing up rough sketches... #gooduseoftime #linebackershoulders #decisions
Fast forward to last month and another wedding to attend, when I realized that even though I fit back into all my pre-pregnancy clothes, very few of them are nursing-friendly. And as it so happens, that maternity wedding dress has a crossover bodice that's perfect for boob access. So I guess that's bonus sewing points to me for accidentally making such a versatile dress!
I ended up using New Look 6936, but color-blocked and with a mullet hem. The hint of mint came in the form of an unattached long tie belt that can be switched out for other colors and styles of belts, as gray and navy blue go with a pretty wide spectrum. Here's what it looked like seven months into my pregnancy:
|Generally I don't look much like my sister, at least according to popular opinion, but in this one picture I kind of do.|
|Ah, that classic maternity pose with hands supporting the basketball belly.|
|This seems so long ago! I've forgotten what it felt like to have a huge belly sticking out and little fluttery kicks keeping me up at night.|
And here's what it looked like seven months out of my pregnancy!
|The tired look is a combination of bright sun + actually being tired, |
thanks to SHB waking up five million times a night. Yay teething.
|And yes, I dressed him in matching mint and navy blue :)|
|"Check out my sock! It matches too!"|
|It's so crazy that that basketball in my belly turned into this small human being!|
Pattern: New Look 6936
Fabric: 2.5 yards of rayon jersey knit in gray and dark blue for the dress; the belt was made by butchering an old me-made dress from 2010
Notions: Elastic for the waist
Hours: Three? I made it last year, so I don't really remember.
Total cost: Less than $5, thanks to Michael Levine Loft's fabric by the pound and FIDM's $2/yd section. Wow, it's been ages since I went shopping in the LA fabric district!
Final thoughts: The pattern itself is kind of boring, but I do like the fluttery sleeves. I keep toying with the idea of cutting off the back mullet hem since it's kind of inconveniently long, but it's so fun and swooshy. I also didn't intend for this to be such a cleavage-y dress, but breastfeeding changes both one's boobs and one's need for low-cut tops. I guess I should take advantage of the one time in my life where SBAs aren't necessary?
|Hey little man, my eyes are up here. That's better.|