Hot! The ‘tent is a tent’ dress


If ever there was a style of dress to get tongues wagging, it has to be the tent dress… don’t you think?  No poor girl can wear a comfy, breezy, waistless dress (even in our current heat wave) without whispers about baby bumps and such. Particularly if said girl hasn’t been heard from in quite a few months. Right?


That there is baby number 2!……23 weeks along. Where has the time gone!

I really thought I’d better get my act together and at least get in a Sew Weekly Challenge before the end of the year.. just to let you lovely ladies know that I am indeed happy and healthy and haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. Of course I’ll be lucky if this post makes it up by the end of the week.. but here’s hoping!

This dress is so simple to construct it’s bordering on cheating. (although wrangling tent sized pieces of bias cut slippery fabric in a small space has it’s challenges!)

There was no way I was going to toile this. I mean it’s a tent right? what fitting issues could there possibly be?

Well – I lowered the front and back neckline because I didn’t want to put in a zip. – turns out the original neckline would probably have been fine.

I lowered the armhole because 60’s armholes are notoriously tight. – turns out I didn’t need to do that either!

And even though the pattern was for a 36″ bust – which I now am  – I had to take it in 2 inches on each side seam! For real!

Nothing like making a tent dress at 23weeks pregnant and finding it too big. hahahahaha.

And because no mummy sewer is without a photo bomber – here is baby no. 1. Yes she’s still in her pj’s and her hair isn’t brushed – but mama had a dress to hem and photos to take before the photographer – aka husband/daddy left for work! Sometimes.. things just slide you know. lol.

On a personal note (and with the risk of sounding like an overly emotional, hormonal pregnant woman) I just want to say thank you to all the lovely people I’ve connected with on the Sew Weekly over the last 2 years. My contribution this year has been a bit slacker than I’d hoped for, but there is no denying how much it has helped me. That first year of motherhood really knocked me for six… Joining Sew Weekly in 2011, pulled me out of my doldrums and gave ‘me’ something again… and it was just what I needed. x

The Facts

⁃ Fabric: Slippery polyester stuff bought on sale last year, poly lining – grandma’s stash

⁃ Pattern: McCalls 8402

⁃ Year:  1966

⁃ Time to complete: Here and there over 3 days

⁃ First worn:  for these photos

⁃ Wear again? Yes.. but the fabric is a bit hot for our weather at the moment!

⁃ Total price: $24 (but it was money spent too long ago to count right?)



Casey Sew

Casey Sew joined the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle in 2011 and completed 38 challenges. Casey learned to sew first from her mother, and then during an Advanced Diploma of Fashion course she completed 10 years ago. Her sewing supplies are generally thrifted or vintage passed on by family.


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  1. Oh my GOODNESS! Congrats on baby number two, that is just so exciting! I think this is the third Sew Weekly baby this year, isn’t it? The dress is lovely, your daughter gorgeous and we will all want to know how you’re doing : )

  2. Congratulations! I love the tent. I have to admit I would never have put together tent-dress + pregnancy, but I’m oblivious to stuff like that! You do look lovely and glow-y too!

  3. Wow Casey, that’s wonderful news! You look so happy in your tent dress. It’s very cute. I love the diagonal lines of the print and the colors! Besides that, I bet it will be very comfortable in the upcoming months. Congratulations!

  4. It looks great now and it will look great later. You are going to get so much wear out of a dress like that – you remember how at the end you’re down to only a few things that fit?
    What is up with all the sewing babies this year?! I hope it isn’t catching. ;)

  5. It’s a lovely tent and I’ve missed you! Yes, 2011 was a lot of fun wasn’t it? Hope things keep going here and that we all stay together somehow. All the best for the future.