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.