Burda. You started out as the bad boy who treated me rough, but I just couldn’t stop seeing. We made friends and as you know, I started to meet you routinely at the malt shoppe. Shy glances turned to seeking you out in the bins. I’m smitten. Well, it’s come to its natural conclusion some of you may cluck behind your fans. I feel like Rizzo. All you Sandra Dee girls better stop judging me and making your false accusations!
Yes, I sewed a maternity dress, but it’s not what you think!!! I just loved the pleat detail and the extra paunch room! Stop trying to pin that Scarlet letter to my cheetah hoodie! I’m still unsullied!!!
Now check out my non-fertile frock, please. I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time, but everytime I’d grab the pattern, I’d worry that it would look ungainly or that it would scream ‘isn’t that maternity?’ for all to see. I have no need for a maternity dress. To put it daintily, my shape is more of a wraparound porch design than a central portico.
So I threw caution to the wind and made up the skirt portion of this in a gorgeous Marc Jacobs fabric that I have been crooning to for a year or so. I put it on the lovely Ms Holloway and studied it while I watched The Poseidon Adventure with Bruderlein. A plan formed.
I took the original front pleats and pulled them up from the center front into a narrower inverted ‘V’ and put the bodice together; lengthening it just an inch to keep the heaviness of the pleats closer to my hips than rib cage. Less empire waist to fool the baby doll dress hating husband!
It passed the sit test and didn’t give the impression that 45 miniature boy scouts were about to come out of my bellybutton area and make a cozy campfire in front of their new favorite tent structure.
I sit a lot at work and a dress that creates a tent structure at my gut would get annoying and catch crumbs!? Ok, so far so good. I don my science project and go to the den for a husband critique. He stops looking at food porn online to give the royal ‘thumbs up/thumbs down’.
He likes it!!!! Take that, Burda! I win!
Now, one more detail to show- check out this lining- I know the purple doesn’t match, but it was handy and I wasn’t sure this would work anyway. Burda has you line the bodice and then conceal the armscye edges with bias. My lining material was too woodgy, so I used premade in purple- it was better than the yellow I had- purple at least looks like a semi-plan!
I won’t lie- it has some bodice fit issues. The fabric is a heavy stretch and great to work with but it wasn’t loving being eased into princess seams. I will be returning to the machine for that wrestle this week. It also is quite maternal in a high wind. We kept having to wait on wind for pictures. I was my own windsock!
Oh, I love these little shoulder awning sleeves- and oh, I know you are admiring my Disney Couture crystal Mickey necklace and earrings! I am way stylish, as you know. In honor of my foolishness- enjoy an oddly appropriate Fanny Brice tribute from Babs:
photo credits: meadhawg, pattern review, youtube, getty images. All images remain the property of their original owners.