I’m really loving maxi dresses for this pregnancy. And I think my love for them will continue to grow as I get bigger and the weather gets warmer. As I mentioned in THIS POST I bought a pretty, stretchy, slubby knit for a maxi dress. And then after drooling over THIS one from Old Navy, I wanted to to try my hand at making a ruched maxi. I’m not doing a full tutorial this time because there are several bugs I need to work out with how I made it, but I’m loving the base pattern I came up with.
You can’t see it in the pictures, but it’s tank style and I really like how the neckline turned out. THIS POST over at Laura’s Blog on how to adapt a regular pattern to a maternity pattern was great for helping me know how and where to add extra width/length to the fabric for ruching. I decided I prefer a gathered ruching over pleated, and in the future need to put it a little higher. And I just might have added too much width to the ruched area so I had to do some major adjusting… and that’s why no tutorial today.
But all in all, I love the dress. And I really love the material. It’s a light khaki with a dark navy print. I’ve been eying the Megan Neilsen Ruched maternity t-shirt pattern and think it’ll be worth the $15 to get the sizing right the first time and every time. And it probably would be pretty easy to modify into a maxi dress. For the next maxi I’ll make, I’m planning on using the blue and white stripe I bought to knock off THIS DRESS from Old Navy but make it long. And yes, I did wear my maxi slip under the dress. I wore the dress for our anniversary date while we spent the weekend at the coast. And I just may have said to Nolan while he was taking the pictures, “Now I can be like one of those cool bloggers who takes their pictures in neat locations instead of on the front porch!”
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