Updating my Maternity Wardrobe with a Tilly and the Buttons Indigo Dress, by Jen Walker

My maternity wardrobe has been screaming out for a bit of an update. Last pregnancy, I only managed to sew a few garments – but this time round I’ve been adamant that I will make more clothes for my bump!

I have struggled to find many maternity patterns which I really love, so I figured I should just tweak a normal pattern to work for me! The pattern I chose was a Tilly and the Buttons Indigo – a relatively new pattern from Tilly which has been on my sewing pile since it was released. It’s a really gorgeous smock dress (or top) with lovely gathering details.

I made a couple of really simple adjustments to make sure this dress would suit my pregnancy shape, and also allow room for growth so I can have wear this throughout the entirety of my pregnancy.

Firstly, I raised the waistline by 2 inches. To do this, I shortened the bodice (front and back pieces). Then I added that same amount of length to the skirt, to make up for the length lost in the bodice. As it turned out, I didn’t need to do this, as I was happy to lose a bit of length anyway.

I made a straight size 3 for this pattern – but I do wish I’d sized up. It was a bit tight across the bust, but not unwearable. I think I’m just in denial that my body is changing so much, but lesson learned!

The fabric I used for this make is a lovely cotton I picked up in my local haberdashery, Backstitch. It is like a chambray, but with beautiful neon flecks of pink and yellow which makes it a little different.

The gathering on this dress was one of the trickier parts – this was especially hard on the sleeves. But the result was so worth the effort I put in. And I also added a little topstitch to the gathered seams. I love this look – I think it just gives such a neat finish. I’m sure you’ll agree!

I’m really pleased with this make – and so happy to have a very welcome addition to my maternity wardrobe. Hopefully I have time to make a couple more pieces during this pregnancy. Wish me luck!

Jen x


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