Sewing for a Growing Bump with Katie

After finding out that I would be pregnant throughout the summer, I set about brainstorming patterns that would work best to fit a bump without hacking but also that could be worn post maternity and not feel like I’m drowning in fabric. I settled on the Wilder gown...am I the only person in the whole of the sewing world that hasn’t made this already? Well, I have now and I’m so glad I did and hopefully it’ll still be amazing sans bump!

I chose a lovely terrazzo print viscose crepe in a stunning blue colour. I’d never used viscose crepe before and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to sew with, I was fully expecting it to be really slippery but it has a tiny bit more structure than viscose, so this made my life much easier, especially with all the gathering!

I made it specifically to accommodate my growing waistline thinking it would be the perfect floaty dress for those hot sticky summer days - erm, where are they?! I sized up to a large for this reason and am so glad I did as the arms are still a little snug, I would adjust this next time. The ONLY thing I found was that I felt like it was a little on the ‘sack of potatoes’ side of flattering, I tried adding the elastic to the waist seam but didn’t like that the stitches were so prominent, so I took it out. I didn’t fall in love with this make straight away so put it to one side for a few weeks and the next time I tried it on, I had filled it out a bit more, so it looked perfect! I will definitely add some waist ties another day so I can wear it once baby has arrived.  

Overall, this pattern came together really quickly and easily, the tip about ripping the rectangles for the tiers saved so much time- thank you @fridaypatterncompany! And thanks again to Steph and Sharlene at the Rag shop for bearing with me while I took my sweet time over this!

The fabric Katie used has now sold out. You can check out our “Alfresco Summer” collection for some beautiful alternatives. 

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