Hot! The ‘Waiting For Wild Things’ Nursing Dress

The Facts

Fabric: Stretchy polyester stuff from Spotlight, on special $1.50 a metre
Pattern: Megan Nielson’s Perfect Nursing Maternity Top, a gift
Notions: just thread from the stash
Year: 2009
Time to complete: About 3 hours
First worn: August 2012
Wear again? Yes! It’s very adaptable!

Total Cost: $3

I can’t believe it’s the end of August already! Where has the year gone?! When I saw the book theme approaching here at Sew Weekly, I was determined to create a ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ ensemble of some sort as I’ve had children’s books on the brain and I wanted to sew up something for myself before the baby arrives (just in case our little bundle is a handful)! ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ is such a beautiful book, and I can’t wait to share the story and gorgeous illustrations of Maurice Sendak with our child. Our (almost finished) new kitchen also has a little foresty-Sendak feel to it, so hope you don’t mind a little inside photography on this rainy day.

My darling friend Megan sent me her Perfect Nursing Maternity Top pattern a few weeks back, so armed with this heavily discounted ‘Wild’ fabric Spotlight, I set out on a sewing adventure! But luckily it took only 3 hours (over a week) instead of almost a year like when Max set sail on the ocean to where the wild things are.

There were no terrible roars, or gnashing of my terrible teeth sewing up this pattern, as like Megan says it really is ‘perfect’! I stopped and started a few times, only because I find I can’t sit still or stand still for too long being 38 weeks pregnant and all. Most of my time was spent cutting the fabric, I reckon! Bending over the table wasn’t easy with a bump, and making sure the black & white print of the fabric wasn’t at an awkward or unflattering spot (I really didn’t want a flower on each nipple or something weird!). Sewing really doesn’t suit me as a pregnant person, but I’m really pleased I’ve huffed and puffed my way through to get this dress made!

I made a few personal and seasonal adjustments to Megan’s nursing top; lengthening the sleeves for winter as it’s still freezing here in Melbourne (but I may cut them 3/4 length once I’m breastfeeding in springtime) and making the top into a dress (we all know I live in dresses), with a more fitted front piece instead of baby doll gathered style. The pattern is super easy to adjust! I chose a size larger than my normal dress size just in case when my breast milk comes in I don’t pop out all over the place, (Megan suggests you try your first/second trimester measurements as well) but the stretch in the fabric is very forgiving and flattering!

The ‘nursing’ part of the dress is hidden under the two bodice pieces, and like most store-bought nursing tops, you just pull to one side and the modesty front piece helps you feel covered for breastfeeding. This stretchy fabric suited the overlapped bodice & the modesty panel really well, as I overlocked the edges and topstitched just using a longer stitch on the straight stitch machine. It’s also a great dress to wear before the baby arrives, as you don’t really notice the nursing part at all!

BUT, while I was at Spotlight, the towelling fabric was ALSO on special:

And I couldn’t resist making this Sleeping Bag top in the style of Max’s Wolf Costume from ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ for the future Baby Darling! I combined a few Burda baby patterns together (another gift from a lovely sewing friend & I’ll stick up more details and photos on my blog about the sewing, I’m not too sure it’s the right size for a 3 month old – as the pattern suggests!) to get this shape with the hoody and just winged the ears. It has a side zipper, and my mum gave me the spotty bias binding last year for my birthday, and thought it was a cute tie in with my B&W wild dress:

And now, we wait for our own wild things to happen here at my house! Baby Darling is due September 12th, which is around the same time as Kat from New Zealand! What a gorgeous coincidence!


Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. Sweet! Love your wallpaper in there, and I love that sleeping bag. :)

  2. The dress is gorgeous, the kitchen is gorgeous, YOU are gorgeous and I LOVE your dog!! Can’t wait to see pics of the Darling baby : ) I made a “Wild Things” quilt a few years ago for a family friend that named her baby boy Max. I’ll see if I can find a picture and send it to you via your blog. Good luck in the next few weeks, it’s all so exciting!!!

  3. Wow, great photo and it’s so exciting to see the bundle of joy!

  4. Great dress, and very sweet sleeping bag. Looking forward to seeing Baby Darling- all the best for the next part of the adventure…

  5. love that dress. love the kitchen. and great thinking making some stylish nursing clothes!

    • Thank you Candi! I’ve been given a few hand-me-down nursing singlets, and maybe I’ll change when I have the baby, but I just don’t do separates! Hopefully I can make a few more of these before the big birthday.

  6. It is soooo nice to see you on Sew Weekly again! I have missed your cheery posts and wonderful style! I love your top and your beautiful bump makes me feel all clucky! You have done a great job on the dress and the sleeping bag – those things are so useful for babies who like to kick their covers off. Best wishes for a great birth and many blessings for baby Darling!

    • Thank you Adele, you’re too lovely! I’ve seen the sleeping bags around, but of course didn’t really know why they’re popular! Should come in handy for our wintertime! xoxo

  7. You are gorgeous! Your dress is beautiful. Thumbs up for being able to make something for yourself before baby arrives.

  8. Perfect! I wish I’d been able to sew when I was pregnant. Mind you I’m impressed that you can even reach the machine over that wonderful bump!

  9. You look gorgeous, I just love your dress and your hair looks great. The Cole & Son wallpaper is to die for.

    My gosh it’s the count down now how exciting. All the best gorgeous lady I’ll be thinking of you both. xxoo

    • Thank you Kazz! I had no idea what kind of wallpaper it was, as we bought it from a sweet South Melbourne shop who mostly sold vintage and leftovers/offcuts! We may have scored a bargain from him if it’s a fancy brand!

      SO CLOSE now! Would love to see you guys sometime again soon! xoxo