Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Dress!


I love my new non-maternity dress that fits over my big pregnant belly! After the baby comes, I'll just cinch that belt up a little tighter, and the gathers on the skirt will be a clever disguise for the postpartum pudge. Ahem.

I used some super-cheap Walmart clearance knit fabric from my stash that I had bought to practice sewing knits. I've used mostly woven fabrics in my short sewing life, and it was time to learn a new skill. This probably wasn't the easiest pattern to use for that purpose, but it worked. I had used it before, so at least I wasn't struggling with a new pattern for an even bigger headache. I used some non-stretchy iron-on interfacing in the yoke (or whatever you call that part of the bodice other than "neck opening") and the waistband. It helped the fabric keep its shape in those areas where I didn't want the dress to stretch out of proportion. Most importantly and most restrictively, I tried not to rush through the project in an afternoon.

I was 29 1/2 weeks in this picture, but I'm finally posting it when I'm 33 weeks along.

13 comments:

Carrie said...

You look beautiful, Joyce!! And I love the new dress!

Kristina said...

Your talent and patience amaze me. :) Great dress on a stunning gal!

sherri said...

What a great photo, Joyce! I was hoping for a pregnancy photo and wondering how that belly is growing. You look beautious!

shaunjoy said...

You and the dress both look great! Knits are definitely tricky; it's been a long time since I've attempted to sew any, but this dress might tempt me to try again. :)

Elena is browsing blogs with me this morning and I've spent the last 5 minutes trying to convince her that this picture isn't of me. I'll take that as a compliment!

greeneggmom said...
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greeneggmom said...

You look absolutely gorgeous! And at almost 30 weeks! Joanne

Melissa said...

omg! gorgeous, you are!

Grandma Ruby said...

Now we can see you in your glowing glory in a very sweet dress you made yourself. You look nice, Joyce.

Cottonista said...

Thank you people for all your kind comments!

heather said...

Joyce you look so nice! I love the dress. The material is awesome!! Love the necklace with it! So want to have matching dresses?? Want to make me one?? Jk jk jk.

Deb said...

Oh, my gosh, Joyce! I am a little behind on my blog reading and I just found this GORGEOUS picture of you and your new KNIT dress. Beautiful!

kristinbucher said...

I'm way behind reading blogs. You are beautiful!

Days Family said...

you are glowing in that new dress, pregnancy becomes you!