Simplicity 1796

I'm having issues with making dresses from patterns. At the moment all my usual patterns are unsuitable due to breast feeding and the ability of freeing the boobs at any given moment.
I have been making many dresses since the birth of  boy but they are piling up in my wardrobe and not being worn. Fresh dresses should be worn!

The pictures show a slightly scrunched dress due to it being worn and not re-ironed. My six year old photographer failed to produce a photo that I found acceptable to share.

I started looking for a pattern that I could make from a non-stretchy material that I could feed in. I found this pattern, Simplicity 1796, but failed to notice that the cross over was only on the bodice and not all the way down the skirt. Poo. It still works for feeding but its still a bit hard. I am going to alter the pattern for the split to continue down very soon.

I love the sleeves and the details. I made this first dress as a tester. I used some simple fabric from my stash and a small patterned piece for a feature. I have already started on the second dress in this pattern from some beautiful new fabric from spotlight. I'll show you soon.

I do love this pattern becasue I did not have to add extra for my large bust (huuuuge knockers) like I sometimes do for other pattern. I often find that paper patterns really don't allow for the well endowed. Do you find that? I mean - are we still in the waif era of the 90's? Common peoples! Women have boooobs!

I cant wait to show you the next version. It is divine!

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.