|There was actually a break in rain and it was warm and sunny.|
Being 8 months pregnant meant I didn't have a single suitable dress in my closet that actually fits. What better reason to sit down and start sewing, right? I had a nice black linen blend and this Cynthia Rowley pattern in my stash that I thought would have plenty of ease and room for my increasingly large self.
I made view C with a few alterations. First, after reading some other reviews of this pattern I completely eliminated the rear zip. I only had a few days in which to complete this dress and let's just say zippers and I have not had the best history. I didn't want to fuss around with it and the wide neckline pulls over my head just fine without it. Also, since this dress was for a funeral, I didn't think the open back was appropriate so I just stitched the whole thing closed. I think it turned out great. I cut a size 10 on top grading the belly and hips out to around a 12. If I were to sew this again I think I'd cut an 8 on top as it is a tad loose. The belly and hip area was just perfect for my ballooning self!
I love the pockets on the this dress! Other reviews have mentioned they thought the instructions for the pockets were unnecessarily complicated. I actually didn't find that to be the case at all. I was a tad confused initially, when reading over the instructions before cutting and sewing, but once I had the pattern pieces in hand it kind of just all made sense.
I'm considering doing this dress again in a really bright rayon print I have to wear for my upcoming baby shower. The lack of fitting really works well for a pregnant body! If I do decide to sew it again I'll also do a pocket tutorial on the method shown in the pattern as I actually kind of like it.