Regular readers of Burda magazine know they regularly make outrageous and outlandish claims in their magazine. They'll show a very low cut top, or short skirt, or backless number and describe it as being perfect for the office. Or these crazy pants that are in my latest magazine (8/2011 #115):
which they describe as "these trousers are a real work of art. The pencils legs end in wide hem ruffles! Watch out! When you're wearing these trousers you'll attract more attention than the sights." No I didn't make that up, or add those exclamation points - that's just Burda being too funny for you.
But they did describe my latest finished project as being so quick and easy that you could cut it out and finish sewing it up in an afternoon, which turned out to be entirely accurate. I made dress #116 from the 4/2008 issue, which funnily enough I bought the fabric when I was pregnant last time around meaning to make it then but didn't find time! If only I knew how quick it would take. The pattern looks like this:
It's not a maternity pattern, but I thought that the gathering at the bust would lend itself nicely to stretch across a growing belly. And I was right, the only modification I made was to grade out from a size 38 at the bust to a size 42 for the waistline, and this combined with a stretchy polyester knit fabric it fits swimmingly, with room to spare:
Although I must say if I wasn't pregnant I wouldn't be too impressed with the way this looks, the style of the dress could easily give the impression of a baby belly even if all you'd had was a good sized meal.
This is a fairly simple style, with the bodice sewn separately to the front skirt, and the back a single piece cut on the fold. Interestingly the depth of the v-neck is controlled by that gathered central piece which goes up and over the neckline and is sewn to the seam line of the bodice on the inside. I made that flap a little bit longer so it didn't pull the v-neck down quite so low, although it's still a bit va va voom for me! But I have the *ahem* assets at the moment, so I may as well make the most of them while they're there.....
And thank you all for the congratulations on finishing a UFO, I guess you all share my sense of achievement on getting one finished! And while several of you marvelled at me keeping it for more than 10 years, I don't think it's the oldest thing in my UFO box (gulp!). But I did have a bit of clean up, throwing out some UFOs in awful fabric that weren't worth finishing, and moving some others that are in nice fabric into the refashioning pile to make something better for Anna instead. So now I only have a handful of UFOs leftover...
In response to the comments from the last post:
Connie (Grandma C) - you are so right, I am loving the maternity spanx (and loving asos.com for delivering within a few days for free shipping too!). I think I may have gotten a size too big because they are firm but a little loose around the back waistband, but I'm sure I'll grow into them. I can already feel the benefits of the support, because it doesn't feel like my belly is heaving from side to side when I walk. Kimberly - I was worried about them putting pressure on my belly because I too feel nauseous when something is too tight around the waist, but these are just like firm pantyhose but with a super soft stretchy panel across the belly so it's all good. In fact the only downside to the maternity spanx is that its made from pantyhose like material and not a silky finish like other shapewear, so I've found that unlined knit dresses tend to cling to them and gather between my legs as I walk.
Beebee - good point that not all accessories need a purpose, I didn't think of it from that point of view. Although I guess them being called 'accessories' and not 'necessities' makes that clear doesn't it?!
Jean - those red shoes from the last post are my wedding shoes, well spotted. Since I have so many pairs of shoes, and I look after my shoes I have quite a few pairs that I've only for many years. In fact my winter boots are at least 10 years old, and I've only re-heeled them once and they're still going on strong. As for this baby, we've decided on another surprise delivery so we still have a while to go to find out whether I get to sew more little dresses or whether it's time to start sewing little cargo shorts.