Happy new year everyone! I hope your celebrations last night were lots of fun. I want to mark the new year by saying thank you for visiting my blog and leaving comments that really are insightful, fun, and helpful. I'm looking forward to the coming year of blogging!
The film Rosemary's Baby is a solid favourite of mine -- Mia Farrow is awesome -- and I love her maternity clothing in it. How about this one?
She rocks the pregnant 60's look so well. So, inspired by her cute tent dresses, I decided to sew 'The Turnabout Dress'.
It is from 1966. I love the names and descriptions given to vintage garments - "The Turnabout Dress - Back to front ... front to back ... wear it either way" - how cute is that?
I wanted this to be a nice breezy summer dress that would accommodate my bump, so I chose a lovely light 100% Japanese cotton from Tessuti Fabrics. I tell you, Japanese cottons are divine to work with and wear. Granted they are not overly cheap, but they are soooo worth it. I wore this dress yesterday in 40 degree heat and it was very comfortable and light. Very important when sporting a bump that adds extra kilos you're not used to to your frame.
The front comes together on the bias, and the back goes across the grain (does that make sense?)
I added about 2cm each side of the centre front seam from the bust line down to accommodate my bump, and made it longer in the front than in the back. I also used self-made bias binding to finish the arm holes and the neckline - the pattern called for you to turn these edges under in a narrow hem. I also finished the centre front seams using the Hong Kong finish with a satin bias binding to make it more pretty (there is only one seam so it seemed worth it to use a more complicated technique):
It was an easy sew - there is just one pattern piece, and really only the CF seam and the shoulder seams. And it is so comfortable. One of my next sewing project is another tent dress, but from the 80s. Tent dresses are such great maternity garments.
I'm hoping I'll be able to wear them post-giving birth - what do you think?