- Pattern: Two Pegs Dress by Boho Banjo
- View A, Size S, longer sleeves
- Adjustments: None
- Fabric: Rayon challis from Minerva Crafts
- Pictured at 36 weeks pregnant
Now this is a dress that I had not expected to love as much as I do. When I saw the product listing of the Two Pegs Dress pattern, I did not think ‘yes, that’s me’ at all. But the technical drawing looked very interesting with great options for some color or print blocking, so I thought I’d just take a gamble and try it out. And I’m so glad I did! It is such a fun dress to wear, and very comfortable.
I love the silhouette – cocoon shaped, midi length, the square neckline. All details I would not normally choose for myself, but I really think that I should more often. The rayon fabric makes it cling a bit so it does not look overly large on a pregnant belly. I am not a star at print matching, but I didn’t want to play it safe with solids. I opted to make it easy on myself by choosing only black and white prints. I think the key is here to go with prints that are different in scale and amount of black vs white, so the panels stand out from each other enough. I also cut them this way so there is a gradient from left to right, going from white to black. Minerva Crafts was kind enough to provide the fabric for this dress. They have a large collection of rayon fabrics and prints, so it is easy to pick out a few coordinating ones. I picked this black, the dots and the stripes. I also picked this one, but that ended up being too similar to the stripes so I switched it out for the smaller black panel. I did still use it for the pockets.
The pattern comes also has an option for square cornered panels and shorter sleeves. I also sewed a sash to go with the dress. This is not included in the pattern, but I thought it could look nice to cinch it in. Turns out, I prefer to wear it without anyway. Since this is more of a warm weather dress, I pair it with a cardigan. It works so well with my Cappuccino Cardigan, the color really pops against the black and white. This outfit has completely convinced me that I need to be less safe with my fabric and pattern choices!
So it goes to show, even if a pattern does not immediately look like your style, have a look at the technical drawing and imagine how you could make it yours! Check out the Two Pegs Dress in our shop.
Have you gone out of your comfort zone with success? Please share in the comments!
Lisa is one of the co-founders of Maternity Sewing. She loves clothes with comfort at their core with design elements that make her feel unique and edgy. Besides Maternity Sewing, she designs and publish patterns as Paprika Patterns. She also has an Etsy shop called DIYpads with patterns for cloth menstrual pads.