This may be the one and only maternity garment I will sew this pregnancy. Funny enough, it’s not even a maternity dress. It’s an 80s-tastic mumu dress, New Look 6230. I made a version as a bathing suit cover-up when we vacationed in Crete. I didn’t love it. But I found myself wearing it a lot this summer, and getting compliments. So the obvious conclusion was to make four more! Unfortunately/fortunately, life happened. We packed, we moved, we unpacked. And the fabrics I had picked out for the dress were left uncut, except for a black and white linen-look one I purchased at Joann’s.
I had the trickiest time with this uber basic pattern. My sewing skills are seriously affected when they go dormant for too long. I tried grading the sleeves to make them wider but I ended up with a neckline that stood up at the shoulders. I had to cut away the grading I did, and it worked out.
The next annoying hiccup came when I could not get the hem straight. I kept hacking and hacking away at it. Finally I ended up with a hem that’s an inch longer in the back. I was going for a more significant high-lo look. Oh well. I think once my belly is sans baby the hem will even out more. So I tell myself 🙂
Not a winner, but definitely worth wearing. I am very forgiving when it comes to garments that don’t come out perfect. Knowing I made it, enjoyed doing so, usually wins me over. Besides, most people won’t know what went wrong unless you tell them.
I’ll be back soon with a peek into my sewing space!