Once I found out I was pregnant I knew I needed to think about and possibly do some research on what sewing patterns I had in my stash would work for maternity wear. The Deer and Doe Myosotis dress is one that popped up quite a bit when I started doing some looking.
I originally wasn't too keen on the Myosotis dress when it was released. It was too loose and blousy for my style at the time. I was very much into quite fitted, heavily vintage inspired styles. However, in the years between then and now, my style has changed and while I still love all things dresses and vintage, comfort has become a much bigger factor in my wardrobe.
My job changed from a coffee shop barista where I was on my feet 90% of the day to a receptionist in an insurance office and I was sitting down most of the time. Weirdly enough, I discovered that many of my lovely fitted dresses were suddenly very uncomfortable after a few hours of work because they would start cutting into my waist as it expanded throughout the day with eating/drinking and whatnot
All that to say, I was already starting to appreciate dresses with more ease in the waist even before I became pregnant. And I'd seen some lovely versions of the Myosotis that weren't crazy oversized. My favorite parts are definitely the cute skirt ruffle and the statement ruffle sleeves.
This dress is actually the second version of Myosotis dress that I've made. The first one was a wearable muslin and it turned out so comfy and cute! I'll be writing a blog post about that one soon.
For this version I made the same size as my first one, size 42 but I did change it slightly by doing a 1" FBA. I think 1" was actually too much of an FBA to do. I ended up with really large darts that were difficult to sew without them looking strange. But as I am planning to breastfeed, it won't be the worst thing to have some extra room in the bust area. I think next time I will split at least the side bust dart into two darts and that may help with making it easier to sew nicely.
Since I am on the taller side at 5' 9", I used the skirt from view B for the main portion of the skirt as it is longer than the skirt for View A. I also cut both skirt and ruffle pieces at the longest length. This worked out perfectly for me!
The fabric I used for this dress is from Hobby Lobby. I fell in love with it last year but didn't purchase it until earlier this year when I found it on clearance sale for $3/yard. I normally shy away from fabrics with really light colored backgrounds. I don't find them to be the most flattering colors on me. I much prefer jewel tone colors. But this floral print was just too cute to resist!
|In case you're curious, I am just over 26 wks pregnant in these photos|
I do have plans to make at least one more Myosotis dress. They are so comfortable to wear with the empire waistline and the loose, tiered skirt. I love that it doesn't have any zipper, just a few snaps down the front. I think these dresses are going to serve me so well both for during my pregnancy and after the baby is born when I'm breastfeeding.
If you have any suggestions for other sewing patterns that work for maternity/breastfeeding, I would love to hear about them!