One of the last times I was in at Tessuti Fabrics, I was discussing maternity sewing with Lisa and Liesl. I was saying to these lovely ladies that most of my work clothing was getting too snug for comfort, especially if I was at work functions with food and beverages, and my tummy got even fuller!
They suggested I sew up a black knit dress. Lisa then suggested I sew Vogue 1027, which I have sewn before, and Tessuti featured on their blog. I heartily agreed with Lisa that Vogue 1027 would be an excellent dress to accommodate a growing belly. Here is the pattern photo:
I made it up in a slinky black rayon jersey (which was the devil to sew) - I can't find the pics of that one, but I have the pics of the red cotton jersey:
I love the full skirt. I did things a bit differently with this one (than when I sewed it in 2009). I drafted a neckline facing - I actually did this for the black one as it was awful to sew, and I could just not turn it under nicely. The black turned out well, so I did it for the red too, even though the red knit is much more stable.
I also crossed over the bodice pieces more to account for my growing chest region (ahem). This is something I usually don't have to worry about, but pregnancy has changed my body!
I didn't follow the instructions for sewing the ties. They call for you to do a narrow hem - but this means the wrong side of your fabric shows. I really don't understand why they would do that. Plenty of the reviews on Pattern Review give instructions for avoiding that -- it is just a matter of sewing them right sides together until the notch. Easy peasy and looks much more professional.
Due to the stretch of the fabric, and the fact it is an empire line, I did not have to alter regarding size. In 2009 I made a size 8, and this size fits me just fine now. Don't you just love the forgiving nature of knit fabrics?
I've worn the black one alot already - and wore this red one out to dinner with Michael on saturday night.
I'll have another frock to show you soon - I've made a 'wearable' muslin of another Vogue DKNY dress that I hope to wear Christmas day. Am I the only one who likes something special (and potentially new) to wear on Christmas day?