1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Little Black Maternity Dress

May 26, 2014

I realize the words little and maternity kind of create an oxymoron, but I didn’t know how else to classify this dress. I know I’m not little at 28 weeks and technically neither is my dress, but just work with me here, okay?

I sewed this with some very pattern period appropriate black polyester stuff using McCall’s 9747. It was super easy and fast to make and I seriously could’ve omitted the unbelievably long zipper it said it required, because it turned out huge, even though I definitely do not have a 32 1/2 inch bust like the pattern said. I’m just glad I didn’t try to enlarge the pattern before sewing it up, but since I cut my garment sewing teeth on my mom’s old 1960s patterns as a teenager, I already knew that the 60s and tent dresses are synonymous and quite frequently are so so shapeless on me that they can look a bit like a potato sack on me and the bust size is just a suggestion, in my experience. I did take it in what seemed like a million inches and it actually gave it a slight shape to it, but because I have no waist right now, it’s a little hard to tell, so you’ll have to just trust me on this one.

I do like wearing this dress though and it’s nice to have something slightly fancier to wear on occasion. And can I just say this is the most flattering “sleeveless” sleeve design I’ve ever worn? My upper arms tend to swell while pregnant (yes, this is one of those pregnancy things no one tells you will happen beforehand), and even stay that way a little while nursing, and I tend to be a little self-conscious of them. So, anything that makes them look more shapely and less bloated is a good thing in my book.

You can see and read more about this dress and my other projects here

on my blog Betsy’s Baby.

  1. What a beautiful maternity LBD. Love it! Looks great on you. Agree totally regarding sleeveless vintage patterns. Thanks for the advice on McCall’s 60s tent dresses. I have a McCall’s tent dress pattern I haven’t yet made and appreciate the heads up. Your dgter is a beautiful little girl, BTW.

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