My lovely sister-in-law got married this past October. When she asked for me to be her maid of honor, I knew that the dress was not going to be easy because I was due to have Lula right before the wedding date. All the ladies in her wedding party were asked to wear a knee length black satin dress. Buying a dress like that off the rack for a body that has just given birth was really not an option.
I looked around for an A-line dress that would be formal enough, and I finally picked the Donna Karan Vogue 1175. It technically out of print, but I was still able to buy it from the website this summer. I got the black silk charmeuse fabric from Mood in NYC when I was there on a business trip.
I was lucky enough to take a muslin class this summer from none other than Leisl of Oliver + S at one of Anna Maria Horner's Craft South workshops in Nashville. The class was super helpful for this dress, which had a really weird bodice. I wound up cutting the final dress two sizes smaller than my measurement size from the pattern envelope. Even then I still made some alterations (like adding bust darts and reshaping the shoulders) to make it fit. With my nursing chest, it still didn't fit perfectly, but it does fit better now three months later. The bubble hem was a bit of a nightmare; I was tweaking it right up until I left to go get my hair done for the wedding. But at the end of the day, I was very pleased with the dress.
Lula arrived 10 days early, so I was exactly one month post-partum in the picture above. It was really a super comfortable dress and soft like butter. I have worn it three times since the wedding. It just came back from the dry cleaners this week and is ready for another event!