Darling Ranges – Maternity Style


Yay! I’m actually sharing something I sewed!
This is the Darling Ranges dress from Megan Nielsen.
I ♥ this pattern!

Obviously it is not a maternity pattern but I made some alterations to make it fit the expansive baby bump {and the other lovely lady lumps that grow rapidly during pregnancy}
As written the pattern is a breeze.
It has the most clever neck hole facing/placket assembly ever.
The problem with clever in patterns is that it often doesn’t make any sense the first 3 times you read it, but I promise if you follow the instructions exactly as written it comes together easily.
{cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye}

I used a fun swiss dot shirting from fabric.com.
I cut the front of the dress a size up from my normal size, and then I still did a full bust adjustment to the bodice.
{i might have needed an extra full bust adjustment ~ yikes!}
I raised the neckline an inch and raised the waist to empire.
{basically i redrafted the whole front bodice portion of the dress}
Honestly, even with all the adjustments it was pretty easy.
I finished this dress at the end of February and clearly the continued growth is causing this dress to fit a bit snug in some areas {ok, one area}.
I also added a 4th button to the top (out of dire necessity) and lengthened the skirt to compensate from the length taken from the bodice.


Can you tell I’m not a fan of being photographed?
I tried taking photos in my usual manner but that’s really hard to do with a maternity dress, it just doesn’t hang correctly.
I wore this to church on Sunday and the loverly wrinkles are as a result of sitting in it for so long.

I’m excited to sew several non-maternity versions of this dress after bambino #3 makes an appearance.
Shirt dresses are a God-send to nursing mothers everywhere.

Megan Neilsen is actually hosting a Darling Ranges sewalong on her blog right now.
She dives into several alterations you can make, not the maternity alterations, but she does mention those in the pattern itself.
The sleeveless version is right up my alley especially since I’ll be moving to the oh-so-hot-and-sticky southern part of Alabama.
{it’s practically florida}

Happy Wednesday!
I’m off to purge kitchen items for the move!

Thanks to my friend Amy for letting me ambush her and take these photos with no notice on Sunday.

  1 comment for “Darling Ranges – Maternity Style

  1. 04.19.2012 at 16:27

    Oh my goodness Megan!! I LOVE that you made a maternity version of this dress!! It looks fantastic on you~! hugs! xoxo

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