Patterns for Pirates Boundless8:00 AM
Skinny from the back. :) Today I'm talking about the Patterns for Pirates Boundless . And it is going to be long. If you want,...
|Skinny from the back. :)|
I have a love/hate relationship with the Patterns for Pirates Boundless. It looks great on so many body shapes. It is SUPPOSED to look good on my inverted triangle body type. But it has always made me look pregnant.
I have other dresses that stop at my empire line and are gathered. They look fine. Actually better than fine, they look great. So why does this one fail? This is a lesson in anatomy and I'm happy to share it with you.
|Is she fat or pregnant?|
But jump forward to today and with my pregnancy announcement yesterday, I can feel 100% confident sewing the Boundless, because no one ever looks twice when a pregnant woman looks pregnant. #FTW
To get the perfect fit, my front pattern piece is slightly longer at the side seam than my back pattern piece. I eased the difference into the side seam and it is barely noticeable. I've actually been doing this a lot lately. Its a cheater method to not have to do a dart and works great on knit patterns. It gives the bust of my dress just a little more length to make it all the way down the body, WITHOUT making the back longer (which would create wonky hems).
I made this specific dress with a woven fabric skirt. On my knit patterns, I use the skirt width that matches my hips (XS). So far, that has left me PLENTY of space for my baby bump. But for my woven skirts, I've stuck with the skirt that goes with my size medium bodice. That seems to leave me enough ease. So if you're doing a woven skirt and you're pregnant too, size up the skirt 2 sizes, so you can be sure it will fit over the bump. Alternatively, you could measure your bump (if you are further along) and add a few inches of ease to that measurement to be sure your skirt is big enough.
Now that I've got the fit down, I've already done a few different versions of the Boundless, including a nursing friendly cross over hack. I'll be sure to share that with you soon.