Maternity shirt dress

Last week I had some days off work to relax and visit my parents, a.k.a. the perfect opportunity to catch up on my sewing. After all I had no more then three unfinished maternity dresses on my conscience, so my goal was to finish at least one of them. I ended up prioritizing this pale pink shirt dress, and it was done just in time for the very first day of spring here in Oslo.

Originally I meant for this to be a loose fit shirt dress with kimono sleeves in a black and white dotted fabric. But when I first tried it on, it made me look very top heavy, and the fabric gave the impression that I was about to give birth to 101 dalmatians. That’s just not what you look for in a maternity dress, so I changed the design to a more fitted style with set-in sleeves and bust darts, and chose a less canine-like fabric. Maybe I’ll finish it later, or make it into a shirt. Oh and by the way, don’t let the color of the dress fool you. The little one growing inside the bump is a boy <3.

I used about a week from drafting the pattern to finish sewing the dress. There was a few struggles with the details of the collar and the cuffs, but I’m so pleased to have made my very first maternity dress. And I look forward to making some more bump friendly garments this spring. I guess it’s a good thing a pregnancy last for nine months, so that I’ll be able to finish some the projects I’m planning for both myself and our little boy.




Cotton fabric, 2,5 meter
Rainbow tekstiler


Note to self
Use a thicker interfacing on the collar to make it stand up more.


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