Hello my dears! I am so excited to share my latest make with you all! I have been in desperate need of a new dress for Autumn, but I was struggling with what style to make that would fit me both during and after pregnancy. Before becoming pregnant, my style consisted of very fitted garments with defined waists, and those garments just didn’t transition well into pregnancy. What was I to do? I had the answer to my question after I saw Son de Flor‘s* latest collection, Autumn Linen. Their Button Down Dress convinced me I needed to go out on a limb and experiment with a new silhouette: The A-line dress.
So, I found some wool, that just so happened to be black, in my tailor husband’s stash; drafted a pattern (that took way too long to do. My brain decided it was tired of “maths” and almost refused to work that day), and sewed up my own version of Son de Flor’s design. I made a few personal tweaks, such as omitting the Peter Pan collar, and doing slightly gathered sleeve headings, but other than that the silhouette is as close as I could get it to my inspiration.
The sleeves button at the cuff, and the hem is faced with white linen. All of the seams are flat-felled, and the collar is bound with bias tape using the french fold method. The button placket down the front is interfaced with linen, and my belt (which still needs its buttons. Woops!) is also made from linen.
I must say I am quite pleased with how this dress turned out. Though I am wearing the style with a belt here, the dress doesn’t look too shabby without a belt**. I will need to make a few adjustments to the pattern next time I make it up, since the sleeves turned out a wee bit too long, and the neckline sits just a 1/2″ higher than I would like.
I am eager to see how well this silhouette transitions after the baby is born. Though I am still wearing my beloved “fitted waistline” I can move that waistline up or down with a belt, or omit it altogether, depending on my preference for the day, which makes this dress highly adjustable size-wise. I should try and remember to do another photo-shoot after the baby is born and style the dress differently for you all to see.
Have you sewn anything lately?
What do you think about the A-line dress silhouette?
*one of my FAVORITE handmade clothing companies. Seriously, if I had the money I would buy my entire wardrobe from them.
**I should have taken a photo without the belt, because the dress really does have a beautiful drape to it.