You don’t see a lot of jersey around here, in fact I think this is the only jersey dress ever to have made an appearance on this blog. I feel very ‘exposed’ in form fitting jersey which kind of counterbalances the indisputable physical comfort of the soft stretchy fabric. This hasn’t actually changed and I refer to this as my swimming costume dress at home, but boy is it comfy and I can live with the clingy because I like it in so many other respects. So why did I choose to make a clingy jersey dress when I claim not to like wearing them you may well be wondering? Maternity is a tricky business when it comes to ones own personal sense of style. All of a sudden you can’t wear ANY of your clothes, and as a seamstress you have an entirely different and continually changing body to address as well as absolutely nothing to wear! So a fabric that grows with you really does seem like an economic and appealing option. Plus when I did a bit of maternity pattern hunting I just thought that the Megan Nielsen Pina dress was really cute and in the right fabric would almost have a 1940s tea dress vibe.
Doing a bit of reading online the general consensus seemed to be that this pattern came up slightly on the smaller side so I decided to make the medium rather than the small and I’m glad I did as at 30 weeks this is still fitting fine. I changed the neckline a little to make the V a little higher as the pattern is quite ‘plungey’, and I lengthened the sleeves a little. I also added the elastic around the neck and sleeves slightly differently to the instructions so it is channeled on mine rather than stitched on with a zig-zag. This was so that I could thread the elastic through and tweak the fit with the dress on. It was a very quick and simple make which is another massive bonus for maternity wear as I don’t want to spend tooooo long on anything that isn’t going to be used forever, and I have cute teeny baby things to be making! I constructed the whole dress on my regular sewing machine as I didn’t have enough navy thread to thread up my overlocker. I stitched all the seams with lightning stitch and finished the hem using the twin needle technique to mimic a cover stitch.
I bought this viscose pin dot jersey from the lovely Fabric Godmother online, it’s got a really good weight to it so it drapes really nicely and it’s lovely and light and cool in the warmer weather.
It also happens to go rather nicely with the vintage Royale pram we found recently, not that my maternity clothes and pram will really be getting much air time together of course!
The pattern has an option for long sleeves and for a top. It would be a great garment for nursing and so I think I will definitely be making up some other versions. The jersey fabric will be wonderfully forgiving for all the body changes happening after baby makes his appearance too. I spied some lovely wool and viscose mix jersey that I think would be fab for a cosy Autumn edition with some stockings and brogues…oooh Autumn dreaming! Mind you I don’t want that favourite season of mine rolling around too quickly now do I- I have to give birth before then…eeep!
Anyone else have a complicated relationship with jersey, or is that just me?
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