the dress I lived in all summer

You want to know the hardest thing about maintaining a sewing blog? Because it’s definitely not the sewing. The hardest thing about keeping a sewing blog for me is the gap from finishing a project to photographing it. Because most of my projects are apparel items, taking pictures means that I need to set up the camera on the tripod (preferably on the day I’m already wearing my new garment) and find a good place (usually one of three options) to take the required pictures. I’d love to take pictures with neat backgrounds (or at least backgrounds more varied from the spots I pick around my house), but that would involve even more coordination (with a toddler in tow) and potentially more awkward encounters with strangers. (Mental dialogue: “Yes, I am taking pictures of myself using a nice camera and a tripod. No, I’m not a narcissist. Promise.”)

So, all of that to say that I made this dress at the beginning of the summer and just got around to photographing it a week ago. And given the frequency with which I wear this number, I really have no good excuse why I hadn’t buckled down to take these pictures before now.

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I present you with the perfect summer dress, maternity or otherwise. This is another Colette Moneta, though this time sewn with a maternity adjustment. This pattern (already blogged here, here, and here) practically begs for a maternity variation, and it’s such a simple design that the adjustment barely took any extra time.

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I shortened the bodice by two inches, lengthened the skirt by two inches, and lowered the pockets by two inches. Voila! Maternity dress win. I sewed the entire dress the same way that I’d sew the non-maternity pattern. It was perfection.

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I found this fabric at Denver Fabrics last March, and I love it. It’s a lightweight jersey, absolute perfection for a summer dress. When I finished sewing this particular dress, I texted my mom and said that next time I’m in town I need to go back to Denver Fabrics to buy another cut of this lavender animal print, because I’d be sad to have this only as a maternity dress. It’s dying to be a regular Moneta as well. Well, when I did make it back to Colorado earlier in the summer, we uncharacteristically didn’t end up getting to the fabric store. Alas.

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But then–I had a birthday last week. One of the boxes my parents sent contained a cute maternity maxi skirt and my mom’s own cut of the lavender animal print jersey. When we found this knit, we each bought a cut, and she sent me hers. And either because the gesture really is so wonderful or because I’m hormonal or probably both, I cried. And then I dabbed at my tears while caressing the jersey with one hand and sipping my 44-ounce fountain drink with the other.

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As far as my actual pregnancy goes, it’s advancing steadily. Though I still have several projects to tackle and complete before the baby lady’s arrival, I’m ready to welcome October. As of yesterday, I’m officially sitting at 32 weeks, which means that I theoretically have eight weeks to do All the Things, a timeline both exciting and overwhelming. In addition to a diaper bag, I need to finish the quilt for Asher’s bed and put together the revamped kids’ room. And I also have to factor in my lagging energy and bodily aches and pains. Because the thing is that even though I rarely burn out on sewing, sometimes the couch and a library book call louder the sewing room (especially when my back hurts and fatigue sets in).

So let’s raise our fountain drinks to a couple more wears out of this summer maternity Moneta, energy for All the Sewing, and motivation to take pictures in a timely manner. Cheers!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    What a perfect maternity dress! It looks stylish but also comfy. Win! Good luck in the next few weeks. Issu lay on the couch!

  2. Posted December 29, 2015 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    You’re so right! Moneta was just begging for a maternity version and you did a great job with it. The fabric is AMAZING

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