Finally catching up with the numerous fans of this book across blogland, I made a dress using Wendy Mullin's book Sew U Home Stretch.
Babydoll dress from Sew U Home Stretch. This was the first time I used this book.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Although not specifically a maternity pattern, I'd seen the lovely versions made by Melizza during her pregnancy. I loved that it looked comfortable but stylish.
I had a wedding reception to attend and decided that although I could still squeeze into some of my existing dresses I would prefer something purpose-made. I'll now be able to wear it for work and other occasions, as it's not so smart it needs to be kept for best so I should be able to get plenty of wear out of it.
Fabric & Notions
2 metres of John Kaldor printed jersey from Mandors.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
I added a bit of length here and there but otherwise followed the directions in the book, which require altering one of the patterns that come with the book.
Would you sew it again and do anything different next time?
Yes I would make it again, it sews up really quickly.
Did you use any new techniques?
The neckline is made by sewing elastic around the raw edge then turning and stitching. I'm not sure I did this right as I hadn't used this method before and wasn't able to find much in the way of a clear explanation on how it was supposed to work. As a result, the neckline has a tendency not to sit properly.
I decided to make the bodice double layered as the fabric is pretty stretchy and when stretched it goes lighter in colour. As I didn't want the bodice to be under strain when the skirt was added, I used two layers of fabric held together, treating it like underlining. Rachel of House of Pinheiro gave me a great tip on Twitter, to cut the two layers of fabric with the grain running in different directions for strength. This worked an absolute treat - thank you Rachel!
Would you recommend the pattern to others?
Yes! You don't have to be pregnant to rock this dress.
ConclusionI'm really pleased with this dress and will likely make another version, perhaps in a plain bright colour. I think this fabric is quite Autumn/Winter so a bright version for Spring/Summer would be perfect.