Bump-Friendly Plantain Dress

Hello! Here’s my first go at a maternity dress. My goal was pretty simple: something that fits! I was hoping to manage something comfortable, that felt like my style and would continue to fit for a bit longer. Also I wanted to shop my stash, sew something easy and make it between naps.

grey ponte plantain dress front

I dug out this grey ponte knit that I bought at Stonemountain over the summer. It’s a poly-rayon blend, and has excellent recovery. So glad I scooped up a couple yards. And to keep things simple I decided to revisit a favorite knit pattern for the top – Deer & Doe’s Plantain.

grey ponte plantain dress side

I quickly sketched out a wide trapeze skirt starting at the bust. I went for a hem that angles down at the sides thinking that as my bump continues to grow it would look intentionally shorter in front. I second guessed this a few times while sewing but looking at the pictures now I think it turned out pretty close to what I imagined. Simple bands for the neck and sleeves and a twin needle hem. I did manage to misjudge my bust measurement. It’s a bit unsettling to have measurements change to quickly. So glad there was enough seam allowance!

grey ponte plantain dress belly

Here I am looking rather pleased with my bump and new dress. Not sure why I’m so smug but at 5 1/2 months along I am feeling well and enjoying being pregnant, so there’s that!

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  1. Mission accomplished! I really like the style of the dress and that it doesn’t scream “Maternity Dress”, at first sight one might not even notice you’re pregnant, but well one the second… ๐Ÿ˜€ That really is a bump and you look beautiful!

  2. You look gorgeous, and what a lovely bump! When I was pregnant early this year all I wore was vogue 8728, i wish I had thought of this look ๐Ÿ™‚

    • pinned says:

      Thank you Jennifer! I love your vogue 8728 – very cute. I could definitely use some more knit dresses and those look so comfy. (My top priority now!)

  3. Carolyn says:

    You’re looking great! and the dress really suits you too. I love the way you’ve styled it,with black top and tights underneath. Stay well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Helena says:

    This is a great outfit, and you can wear it pregnant or not. I especially love it with the ankle boots!

  5. Donna says:

    That’s a lovely dress. You look comfortable but also put-together.

  6. Inder says:

    How did I miss these posts (must go make sure you’re still in my blog feed …)? This dress is awesome. I like the uneven hem, and it looks warm and cozy for winter. I hear you on the changing measurements! My boobs in particular quadrupled in size while I was pregnant, and I’d go up a cup size over-effing-night, much to my discomfort and dismay. I mean, they were not small to begin with, so this was not fun and sexy AT ALL. Also, they hurt, lol! Then they got even bigger when I was nursing. Being a woman is so interesting! Our bodies are like, nope, you have NO IDEA what I am capable of! HA! Fun times!

    • pinned says:

      Thanks! As my husband says “girls are weird”! And I have to agree – it’s totally mind boggling. Some small comfort in having clothes that *mostly* fit the giant boobs.

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