I actually made this dress to wear with my black blazer to my husband’s work Christmas party. I abandoned it when I was 95% done for the following reasons
- The proportions didn’t work with my blazer.
- It made me look way more pregnant than I was ready to admit to all of my husbands coworkers at the time.
- I felt like a giant Christmas tree.
I’m 20 weeks along now, and there is no hiding the growing bump. I wore the green dress, minus the blazer, to my cousin’s wedding this past weekend, and received many hearty congratulations and a couple of belly rubs. It didn’t feel too Christmas-tree-like now that the season has passed.
Can I brag for a minute? We were going to have to cancel our wedding weekend plans due to my children getting the flu, but my in-laws volunteered to drive down to our house and them so we could leave for the weekend. A 48 hours child-free date weekend. IT.WAS.GLORIOUS. They now go down in history as the best in-laws ever.
Back to the dress.
It’s Vogue 1236 – a loose fitting sleeveless dress. I started fitting it Before Baby Bump. So I cut it to my pre-pregnancy measurements (Bust: 40.5 in, Upper Bust: 38.25 in, Waist: 36.5 in, Hips: 49.5 in, Height: 5 ft 10 in). I traced a size 16 in the chest and graded it out to the size 24(+some more) in the hips. In all, I added a total of 10.5 inches to the circumference of the size 16 for my hips. I also added 3 inches to the length.
The fabric is yummy isn’t it? It is a linen-blend from Jo-Ann Fabrics, and I lined it fully on the inside, because dresses are supposed to be easy and I don’t want to have to over-think about my undergarment choices.
oh, also… POCKETS! It was wicked cold that weekend in Michigan and it was nice to have somewhere to put my poor freezing hands. (Which is also why I am wearing the sweater. That and I have a bit of bra peeking out in my underarm. This dress could use a bit of an armhole raise.)
I hope this still fits me as the weather warms up, because it would be lovely in the summer months.