January 7, 2013

If you were looking you may have noticed that the dress that I was wearing in my holiday photo looked familiar.  That’s because it was Vogue 1314 .  I just hadn’t gotten around to blogging it yet.  I fell in love with the pattern after seeing Mimi’s version and seeing some similar maternity versions out in the market.  So I decided to attempt to alter the pattern for my growing belly which worked out great.

Pattern : Vogue 1314

Materials Used : Some beautiful gray knit from Mood Fabrics.  This fabric is super soft and washes up nicely.

Changes Made : In order to accomodate my growing belly and make it into a maternity dress I added about 2 inches to each side of the side seams of the belly area grading out from under the chest to the bottom of the hips.  This took a little bit of trial and error to get the right fit.  Like other reviews I found the sizing to be very large so I ended up taking about an inch off each of the sides anyways.  This was probably even larger because my knit was very stretchy.  With a more stable knit you probably wouldn’t need to take as much out.
I also eliminated the lining.  I didn’t really see a need for it and I wanted this to be a simple project.  As a result I just did my own method for the neckline.

What Would I Change Next Time : I don’t think I will make this dress again, but I do think that after my baby comes I will take out the extra belly fabric and convert it to a regular non-maternity dress.  It’s such a great basic dress and flattering style.

Conclusion : Great, easy pattern with really nice results.  I would recommend it especially for those with a serger, as it sews up fast with one.  Just make sure you are prepared to go down at least one size and take in some width on the sides.

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  • Reply blacklabelblog January 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    gorgeous dress to show off your tummy! all the very best for the remainder of your pregnancy.

  • Reply Kristi January 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Love that dress. Its so hard to find anything formal and flattering in maternity clothes. Really nice.

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee January 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Absolutely beautiful! I was totally ogling that dress in the Christmas picture!! Haha! Such a one track mind…Thank you for telling us more about it!

  • Reply Clio January 7, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Looks great on you!

  • Reply Cynthia January 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    This dress is greatm it showcases your adorable belly. You’re one hot mama

  • Reply Suzanne January 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I spy Fort Tryon Park? Love the dress. You rock the maternity wear!

  • Reply crystalpleats January 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Great job! You look fantastic.

  • Reply liza jane January 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    I was wondering about that dress when I saw your holiday photo! That is a perfect pattern for modifying for maternity. You look fantastic.

  • Reply Gabrielle Corbett January 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Wow that’s worked well – lovely dress! Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy.

  • Reply BusyLizzie January 8, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    You look beautiful – pregnancy suits you!

  • Reply Sew Brunswick January 8, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Beautiful! You look fabulous.

  • Reply Gail January 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    It looks stunning.

  • Reply Kestrel January 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    This looks fantastic, a perfect maternity conversion, and you look great.

  • Reply Ariel January 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Beautiful dress! You’re so talented.

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