The “Generations” Dress
Fabric: about 2/3rds of a cotton double-sized duvet cover I got in a clothes swap a while back
Pattern: Style 2382
Notions: about 1 metre of hem binding tape
Time to complete: 3.5 hours
First worn: to work on Monday 6 May
Wear again? yep
Total cost: About $0.30 for the hem binding
Bump: 21 weeks
This pattern, Style 2382, used to belong to my mother. (Yep, that’s her name, up the top of the pattern envelope there.) I think it was one of her go-to dress patterns when she was pregnant with my siblings. So it seemed a rather natural choice for this week’s ‘family’ theme. The continuity of that makes me happy – different generations wearing dresses from the same pattern, while pregnant with the following generation. (*soppy moment* *cough, sorry ’bout that, the soppiness came out of nowhere*) Here’s my mum, pregnant with my middle brother, wearing a dress from a similar pattern. (I’m the little girl in the middle of the photo, aged around 4. My grandmother is holding the oldest of my three brothers.)
The pattern came together nice and easily – front and back yokes (and yoke facings), and skirt pieces. And that’s it! No fastenings at all – you just pop it over your head, and away you go. (I did use some blue hemming tape on the hem though, just for that fun pop of colour on the inside. Those sorts of details make me smile.)
Wanna see what it looks like without the belt?
Yep, it’s a tent! (Much better with the belt, no?)
Plenty of room for the growing bump as well.