A maternity ultimate shift dress

A maternity ultimate shift dress

Β A maternity dress using Sew Over It's Ultimate shift dress pattern and John Lewis floral fabric | Randomly Happy

Maybe it’s because I’ve been stuck in jersey mode for the past few months, but I am loving the lady-like vibes of this dress.

This dress is all about sunny Saturdays, vintage picnic hampers and lazing about in grassy fields. Or maybe it’s all about 60s rooftop cocktail parties. I can’t decide.Β But I do know I’m pretty smitten with it.

A maternity dress using Sew Over It's Ultimate shift dress pattern and John Lewis floral fabric | Randomly Happy

I was lucky enough to make this on Saturday at a lovely sewing bee thrown by the John Lewis’ department store to celebrate their 150 year anniversary. The fabric is a special edition cotton from John Lewis’ 150 year anniversary collection.

It’s purple. And floral. What more could you ask for?

A maternity dress using Sew Over It's Ultimate shift dress pattern and John Lewis floral fabric | Randomly Happy
A maternity dress using Sew Over It's Ultimate shift dress pattern and John Lewis floral fabric | Randomly Happy

A maternity dress using Sew Over It's Ultimate shift dress pattern and John Lewis floral fabric | Randomly Happy

The pattern is Sew Over It’s ultimate shift dress – cut to accommodate little bambino. And I couldn’t help but throw in some pockets, just for good measure. It’s where classy ladies would keep their lipstick.

More on the event and details on some incredibly awesome sewing bloggers coming later in the week. But in the meantime, I’d like to leave you with my new life motto: Life is too short to be a solid colour.

Agree? Disagree? Discuss πŸ˜‰

Photos courtesy of the ever-lovely Michelle atΒ MyCreative.Β 

  1. Reply
    La vie en DIY

    You look wonderful in that dress, it really suits you and I'd rather go for the 60s rooftop cocktail parties! Only recently, I believe thanks to start sewing, started trying new colours and I love it!

    xx

    Isabel

  2. Reply
    Jane - gigglingwithdragons

    Disagree πŸ™‚ Solid colours can be beautiful too and life should never be too short for beautiful things! Some of the clothes that make me the happiest are solid colours, it just depends on the texture, shape and whether it makes me glow.
    You do look lovely in your new patterned dress though.

  3. Reply
    Jess B-E

    Awesome print – it really suits you.

  4. Reply
    ThisBlogIsNotForYou

    It looks great on you! And the JL fabric you picked looks amazing!

  5. Reply
    abitofanenthusiast

    What a cute dress! Love the fabric and it's very bump- chic, too! I love patterns but I think I may love solid bright colours that clash even more… One of my fave outfits is a me-made bright royal blue gathered skirt with a mustard sweater top. That said, my stash is chock full of prints and I'm determined to gather a few more bright solids from now on!

  6. Reply
    Julianne

    I disagree with classy ladies putting their lipsticks in pockets. The body heat might melt the lipstick and cause a terrible mess. I agree with you about everything else though.

  7. Reply
    Julianne

    There should be a πŸ˜‰ somewhere in that last comment

  8. Reply
    ellebougies

    This is beautiful! I wish you'd share some tips on how to alter a non-maternity pattern to accommodate a bump. I'm a relative beginner to sewing but so uninspired by maternity wear in the shops I'm hoping I can keep myself clothed over the next few months, and it would be nice not to purely resort to jersey fabrics!

  9. Reply
    Ela

    Looooovely dress!
    How much of that awesome fabric did you use?
    Planning on making one too, but i kinda struggle with figuring out how much I`ll need with printed fabric.
    Help, please! πŸ™‚

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Thanks Ela! It’s a while back now, but I think I had about 3m of fabric and used between 2m and 2.5m. I was a UK 14 with the belly, and about a UK 10 everywhere else. Hope that helps!

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