And now.... a very special blog post!
Back in about July me and Tanith of Tanith Rowan Designs collaborated on a maternity dress! I was up for the challenge: I had never made anything maternity before and I am still in early stages of using stretch knits for designing.
So I devised a version of my Sunrise Panel dress just for her based on her measurments and specifically for a stretch knit.
Dummy me didn't take photos with my DSLR like I usually do (or maybe I did but deleted them accidentally because I ran out of room on my SD card?) so we'll have to deal with in-progress photos from my phone.
I think the hardest part was deciding on colors. The fabric store I went to in Chicago can be hit or miss with stretch knit and being a little less knowledgeable in stretch knit, I wanted to see all the weights in person at the store before I bought it.
This is also the first garment I have sewn entirely on my serger - but it wasn't without hiccups! I don't exactly remember what I did at one point, but I did have to recut the bodice and start with the first 3 pieces all over again, entirely new fabric! In the end, I think it came out quite well.
Showing seamlines on my dressform which is my size.
Look how gorgeous Tanith looks!
The idea behind this dress is that she can wear it both while pregnant but it can also transition into a dress after-pregnancy. It's not overly maternity-centric and the front gathers will allow for a gentle full shape later on.
I love it!
Thanks so much for doing this collaboration with me, Tanith!
Again, check out more of Tanith's wonderfully creative millinery work over on her blog!