Tuesday 16 January 2018

Priscilla Dress Hack, Day&Night Dress Challenge!:)

"Jesus said to him, "I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

-John 14:6

"The the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and You have seen Abraham?" 
"Truly, truly, I tell you," Jesus declared, "before Abraham was born, I AM!"

-John 8:57-58

    Hey my lovely readers!:) I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season! I spent Christmas with my husband's family this year and while we were away I entered a contest on Instagram and won a pattern! Its this knockout bodycon-style "Priscilla Dress" by Rosy @ https://www.rosypenapatterns.com/. I've been following Rosy's Youtube Channel for a few months now. Sewing Vlogs in general are my new favourite thing, lol:) I'm almost 20 weeks pregnant now (so about halfway through!) so I knew I wouldn't be able to fit in the pattern as-is, but I was so smitten by it that I planned immediately to make it baby-friendly so I could wear it now:)

Rosy's Priscilla Dress, in her two views:)

       I did some research on making maternity clothing and studied RTW tops I have and ended up starting with the the size Small (though I could have used the XS) adding three inches of length to the midsection of the front dress piece only, and adding width for my tummy. I'll post a few photos below to show give a better idea of how to go about it if you're looking to pattern-hack for maternity:) I must say I *really* wanted to make my dress with a turtle-neck, however, even though the pregnancy-related nausea has passed for the most part, I still can't tolerate anything tight around my neck (major gag-reflex:p). I decided to cut a scoop neck instead. I simply cut a band and faced the neckline.

       As you can see, I just drew a straight line from underneath the armhole to the hip. I have a Burda maternity top pattern that I've used in the past that is similar to this, but I'm not as far along as I was when I used it last, so I ended up taking the dress in a bit. I cut a horizontal line about midway between the lengthen/shorten line and added three inches and gathered the front & sewed the front and back together.

     If you've ever worn a maternity top/dress, with gathering at the midsection, the front and back are often both gathered. If I had used a thinner polyester/spandex knit I may have lengthened both front and back pieces and gathered, but since I was using a thicker sweater-type knit (this is a rayon/polyester knit from Fabricville), I didn't want bunching at my lower back. I wanted it to fit as smoothly as possible.

   Well, I hope that helps someone!:) Next up is sewing a couple of dresses for The Day&NightDressChallenge hosted by Elizabeth at elizabethmadethis.com. Challenge video here.She's *so* talented! Her makes just blow me away! She also has a fantastic Youtube Channel which I follow. I just love the online sewing community! Sewing is pretty much a solo activity (and I don't personally know a lot of people who garment sew), so its nice to connect with others on blogs, Instagram, Facebook groups, etc.

   Well, thats it for today:) Have a great week everyone!



  1. Yay!! Your hack turned out beautifuly I'm certain this post will help someone out with their maternity hack endeavors! Thank you for sharing! XO - Rosy

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  2. You look lovely in your dress, and the maternity adjustment worked well! I wouldn't even see your belly if it wasn't for the side view. You look fabulous!

  3. Thanks Vanessa!:) P.S, I'll let you know once the parcel arrives!!

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