Friday, November 13, 2015

Floral Nursing Dress

  Of all the dresses I've made for myself so far, this is my favorite:

  This is once again my own nursing dress design, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

  I left off the pleats entirely this time, as well as the ruffle. I wanted to do a contrasting underlay but didn't have any coordinating fabric, so I used some pretty elastic trim to accent the edges and help provide contrast.

  I also added flounces to the sleeves this time, instead of cuffs- just to change things up even more. =) I didn't want the back of the fabric to show so I lined the flounces with self fabric before sewing them on to the sleeves and lettuce-edging them.

  The fabric is a thin, drapey, rayon blend from last December's Knitfix... and from the Knitfix plus. I had 3 cuts of this fabric, each two yards total, and ended up cutting pieces from all three for the skirt. It's a half-circle skirt, and I planned to cut it as two pieces initially but for some reason I can't remember ended up cutting three. I have several large scraps left though!

  I lined this dress with some milliskin swim lining, which is awesome for helping the skirt drape nicely but is a terrible pain to cut and not much fun to sew either. (I used matte black, but it's apparently no longer available.) It has a firmer stretch than the floral, so the trim on the crossover wants to flip under a bit, but it's not too bad.

  The hem is terribly uneven. I'll probably re-do that once I can get someone to help me level it.

  I used the same pattern as last time, but changed the sleeves a tiny bit. My bust is bigger and my rib-cage smaller than when I made the last one (and obviously my belly is a completely different shape!) so it's a bit tight and short over the bust. Other than that I'm really happy with the fit! I have almost conquered the armscye wrinkles, and I feel like this dress is really flattering.

  Having used the re-designed nursing cutouts, I'm happy to report that they work, although they aren't quite as easy to use. However, I'd prefer that over accidental exposure any day!

  I have the details worked out for re-doing the tutorial and just need to write it up... hopefully I'll get to that in the next few days. =)

  Thanks for stopping by,


  1. I really like the piping on this one! Great job, as always!

    1. Thank you! I wish the trim was a tiny bit wider, so it would show up more, but I love it too. =)

  2. Replies
    1. It's so pretty that I waited 10 months to cut into it, so I wouldn't ruin it. ;-)

    2. any chance you will be doing a video tutorial to walk us through this one? I love this dress!!

    3. Unfortunately, no... I don't have any way of recording video right now. Thank you! =)