The maternity saltspring frocktails dress

So it’s the Tuesday before social sewing, my fabric.com order hasn’t shipped, and I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to make my frocktails dress without social sewing. What’s a girl to do?

Buy more fabric of course!

On the Thursday I invested in 3 metres of the beautiful drapey polyester (crazy hot in summer I’m sure, but sooo slinky). On Friday my fabric.com order showed up. Of course.

Maternity saltspring

Fate had a beautiful hand in that I actually prefer my last minute back up fabric!
Back maternity saltspring

I wore this to the amazing Frocktails event hosted by Kat at Longrain in Melbourne, and it was such an fun night. Melbournians are renowned for tending to dress in black, so it was hilarious to see most the restaurant in muted colours, and then three tables of fantastic prints and bold colours and striking designs! You rock ladies!

I was very slack and forgot to take photos, and was a little tired and shy for the night. In the morning I woke up and was full of regret, there were so many questions and conversations not had! Anyway, if you want to see some photos, Melanie (poppykettle) took heaps and other bloggers have lots popping up around the place.

Due to the epic tired, I didn’t get any dress photos on the night (it got hemmed at 5.25, when I had to leave by 6pm!), so I’ve recreated the outfit I wore (less makeup and hair).

Out on the town saltspring maternity classy

Also due to the epic tired, the washing is still a little out of control, so this dress came out for playgroup on Wednesday as well with a cardigan and flip flow. I think it works perfectly well for both, but feel free to disagree with me on this point.

Maternity saltspring

playgroup PLaygroup
I’ll do another construction post later, where I’ll detail the alterations I made to make a maternity version, but simple summary is as follows
-The lining of the dress is using a knit fabric with plenty of stretch, to allow for bust changes
-The straps were cut as one piece and made much wider to cover bra straps
-the waistline of the front and back was lifted just over 2″, although in the future I would probably lift the back even further as it dips down a little
Back detail maternity saltspring
- the skirt front was cut with an additional wedge of fabric at centrefold, narrowing down to nothing at the hem
-The skirt front was also cut with a longer hem at the centre front, reducing as it got closer to the side seams.
-with the additional width of the skirt front, I gathered that piece slightly when attaching it to the bodice
-eliminated the back zip

The waistline was the really crucial adjustment for this to work as a maternity dress, and to illustrate the point, please note the altered waistline, and where my waistline once upon a time existed.
Maternity saltspring waistline

This is going to be a TNT maternity pattern for the hot Australian summer, especially (spoiler for people who haven’t procreated yet) when I can’t reach my legs to shave them!

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42 thoughts on “The maternity saltspring frocktails dress

    • Yeah, it’s under those things I never thought about before being pregnant. I assumed it was all walking around, “glowing” and rubbing my belly. Soooo far from the truth.

  1. The dress looks amazing! I didn’t know you were pregnant again :) I’m happy I’m pregnant now because winter is starting soon, so no need to shave my legs :) How far along are you?

  2. Stunning dress Sarah. Clever alterations to make it maternity appropriate. Subsequent baby bumps do like to pop out quickly. I remember being 6 weeks and wondering how I was going to hide the bump for the remainder of the first trimester!

    • Thanks :) I miss wovens so much at the moment so it’s nice to have something woven! It’s kind of scary how much a difference it is- there’s a girl at work (first baby) that is two weeks behind me, and she barely looks preggo at all!

  3. Oh you are just the most adorable pregnant lady ever. I loved your dress and have noted it for next time I’m pregnant. I sewed myself nothing first time around. It was so lovely to meet you at frocktails!

    • It was lovely to meet you as well! I didn’t sew much the first time, but this time around I think it’s the only way to go. Maternity clothes are always neutral or black. Not exactly a sewcialists idea of fabric!

  4. You look great (though sympathise with the epic tiredness). It’s so lovely to have a beautiful dress like this when you are pregnant. I’m sure you’ll get lots of wear out of it!

  5. Am late to the party, but you looked radiant at Frocktails! – I love the backup fabric and Thank You for posting your maternity adaptions for the Saltspring – for reference of course, I’ve finished now ;)

  6. Cute dress! I hope the summer isn’t too hot for you, plenty of people have told me how uncomfortable summer was for them when they were pregnant and that is in the New Zealand summer, let alone Aussie!

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