This dress was inspired by two things: a favorite non-maternity dress I made a few years ago (and wear all the time – even now!), and this dress made by the fabulous Megan Nielsen. I wanted something comfortable, expandable and that still felt like me.
I started with the plantain top by Deer & Doe and used a sz 38 with a little extra room added to the bust. I shortened the bodice and added a slight curve to the front. The skirt is just a gathered rectangle that is a bit higher in the front so it matches the curve in the bodice. I made the skirt panels as wide as I could and then gathered them by sewing them on to some 3/8″ elastic I had handy. The fabric is heavy and has a lot of stretch, so I hoped this would keep the waist from stretching out of shape. The dress has short sleeves and I finished the neck with a narrow band and the skirt with a double needle hem.
The fabric is a really soft bamboo jersey from Stonemountain. I love this fabric for the softness, recovery and drape. In fact my favorite pair of Watson bikinis are made out of scraps from a previous project and I was hoping to make some more. Sadly, there were not enough scraps left from this dress…
I wore this to my baby shower a couple weeks ago (thanks to my awesome sisters for throwing it!) and am very happy to have this dress in my closet now. It’s nice to have something that fits my current proportions – amazing how good that feels. I expect it will be with me to the end now that there are just 2 more months to go! I’m linking up with Gray All Day’s Sew it Chic – check it out.
Remember back to Me-Made-May? I discovered two gaps in my handmade wardrobe: very casual clothes and business clothes. So here’s some proof that I’ve filled in the first gap with a couple of Plantain muscle tees.
This is similar to the last one I made but I straightened out the sides a little more. This is made from a 100% cotton knit and is pretty much what I had in mind when I first hacked this pattern. The knit is from Stonemountain & Daughter in Berkeley and is really soft and light – just right for a summer tank.
This top is perfect for all kinds of adventures, including a day on the Sonoma Coast at Stump Beach in Salt Point State Park.
Details: Deer and Doe Plantain, sz 38, finished with narrow sleeve bands and almost completely straightened out the original plantain waist/hip curve
Another pattern hack! This one was inspired by a dress I saw at Anthropologie. What struck me most was the clever layering of lightweight knits to create an opaque dress. The tiers of light fabric give it nice movement and I also liked the combination of different stripes.
I used the Plantain Tee by Deer and Doe as the base. I got the idea to slash and spread the pattern from FaSewLa’s post about her swingy Plantain tee. And referenced Grainline’s tutorial for instructions. I added about 3 inches of width to the front and back pattern pieces and extended both down by about 12 inches.
I cut two dresses out and attached them at the neck and arm scye so the right side of the bottom layer faces the wrong side of the top layer. The top and bottom layers are hemmed separately which allows the layers to move separately. Both layers are made of lightweight rayon knits. And, yes – they are transparent and clingy on their own but really great together!
Details: Plantain sz 36, slashed and spread to add 6 inches each to front & back, lengthened ~12 inches
Deer and Doe recently released a free t-shirt pattern – the Plantain. I’ve admired their patterns, especially Belladone, but wondered about sizing and fit. So I jumped at the chance to try one of their patterns for free.
I’ve already made four Plantains! Here’s number three. My favorite so far… and there will be more!
Details: size 36, graded to 38 at the bust
EDIT: I almost forgot, I also shortened it an inch or two and brought the neckline in 1/2″ all around.