A few weeks ago, a bunch of my family and friends came together to celebrate the impending arrival of our baby boy. I had definitely wanted to make a dress for the occasion, and the first pattern I eyed was the delightful French pattern, 13H by Deuxieme Arrondissement.
However, my energy had been waning, so I put it off. Plus, with my limited preggo brain capacity at the moment, I was a bit daunted by the prospect of using a sewing pattern written in French. And weirdly, there is no size chart listed for their patterns, which then made me a bit concerned about which size to make, or whether the pattern would come big enough at all (I’d gained quite a bit in the last (at that point) 7.5ish months…).
I decided to seek out alternatives, and ended up finding that McCall’s 6557 was quite close enough for my taste, so I picked it up:
However, I continued putting it off. And off… And began to concede that I would just wear something I already had.
But then I happened to see THE fabric at FabricMart, which I ordered on May 18: a fun stretch cotton sateen. Less than two weeks before the shower.
Then, even though I had ordered the fabric, I was still pretty skeptical that I would actually get it done. Instead of getting right to work on a muslin, I waited for the fabric, which arrived speedily 3 days later, May 21. We then had a busy weekend celebrating our 1 year anniversary (:D) and I didn’t get around to prepping to sew until about a week before the event.
I am such a procrastinator.
And that, my friends, is when I went balls-to-the-wall on this dress. And this is how it turned out!
Thankfully, with a greater than one inch FBA (using a technique similar to this but without the added side dart; I’d show you the pattern piece if I could find it now…but, alas…I believe the circular file has absconded with it.) and a bit of lengthening (to accommodate my FLB: full, low bust. Big ol’ droopy boobs of undetermined size, y’all), the bodice fit pretty great on the first muslin.
I decided to omit the waistband (hullo, no waist here!) and sewed the circle skirt right onto the dress. I had to widen the waist of the skirt a bit wider to compensate (just did the math and then measured down that amount at the waistline like you would if drafting a circle skirt instead of adding width to the sides of the skirt), but it worked like a charm.
I also considered nicely finishing the insides of the dress, but it was major time crunch time and I came to my senses by asking myself “What if you aren’t able to wear this again with a future pregnancy? Why put the time in?” A mild case of sanity-saving “fuck-its” ensued.
I had a minor struggle with how to address the unevenness of the hem, but finally decided to cut the skirt as is and then have Mr. 5 help me by measuring off the ground from the shortest point to even it out as much as possible. I then trimmed based on his markings and used a baby hem foot to finish the dress.
I had a wonderful time at the shower; we are so blessed to have so many wonderful family and friends that already love our little guy so much. <3