2nd Place: Michelle Fowlie from Prince George,
Navy blue must be the color of the season!
This smashing entry from Michelle Fowlie is fashioned from Nursing
Classics #205 and Nursing Classics #307.
In this photo Michelle shows how here
dress looks with the beading on the lower edge of the jacket. What a fun look
for a dress up occasion.
Michelle also won first place for the
"Best Nursing Photo" for both 4th quarter and for the entire year with this beautiful
picture illustrating how well her dress works for easy and discreet nursing.
| Read Michelle's Story for more ideas
about how to create this lovely ensemble.
Michelle's Story: I made this dress for special "dress
up" occasions - Christmas parties, going out for dinner; I even wore it to the
theatre (a rare treat). I wanted something comfortable and "nursable", but also
a little bit sexy. Most of my nursing clothes are very conservative, but I wanted
to look special when having an occasional night out with my husband.
I have been sewing for myself and for my family for
almost 20 years. This dress is at the top of my list of favorite things I have
made. I didn't have any nursing clothes with my first baby. After my second was
born I made a couple of things and now I'm hooked on nursing clothes. They make
life so much easier!
I love how easy to follow and interchangeable Elizabeth
Lee patterns are - so much room for creativity! This outfit is an amalgamation
of patterns and ideas. I love the styling of NC#307 and have made several versions
of view 5. In this case, though, I wanted to be able to remove the jacket and
have a sleeveless dress. I started with v1 of NC#205 (tank top), shortened to
just above waist level. To make it into a dress, I added a 6-gore skirt, matching
the seams to all the seams of the top. I added ties at the waist to draw in the
fullness. The jacket is based on the overlay from view 5 of NC#307, shortened
to waist level. I changed the shape of the front edges slightly, tapering it down
from the shoulder to the hem. The sleeves are shortened to ¾ length.
The finishing touch is the purchased beaded trim
along the bottom hem. The fabric is a dark blue heavy jersey (polyester-rayon,
I think). I used a spandex binding to finish all neck & armhole edges. The dress
is so stretchy and loose fitting, that by loosening the back ties, it will be
wearable through any future pregnancy as well.
3rd Place: Jeannie Marendt DeSena
from Charlotte, North Carolina
used up her sewing stash in creating these fun floral mother/daughter dresses!
Jeannie's Story Last Winter, as I looked ahead to
my youngest daughter's first Easter, I made plans to sew a springy, short-sleeved
nursing dress that I could wear to church throughout the warm-weather months.
As I paged through your catalog and schemed and planned, the creative wheels started
turning and the project - to use a wintry metaphor - snowballed. I felt an overwhelming
urge to dress my three daughters and me in our first ever mother-daughter outfits.
The girls, ages 6, 4 and nine months, had several matching or coordinating outfits,
but I had never gotten in on the fun.
Articles on your web site talk about how to develop
sewing stash on a budget. Well, this project allowed me to save face (somewhat)
and put a big dent in 13 yards of home-decorating fabric I had purchased several
years earlier at a going-out-of business sale. ("Only" $6.98 instead of $15.98
per yard). I got the pastel floral fabric for kitchen window treatments but changed
my mind. An unused bargain is a waste of money at any price; we all know that!
Still, something from the stash always feels free. I though of Maria in the "the
Sound of Music" dressing the von Trapp children as I cut out four dresses, a bonnet,
two headband and bloomers from the fabric I had originally earmarked for curtains.
Each girl's dress was a different style, sewn from patterns I had on hand. We
were a very flowery bunch!
myself, I chose the short sleeve version of ELD's Nursing
classics #204, size 10-12, making a few modifications. I cut a higher neckline
(following roughly the size 14-16 neckline at the bottom of the scoop neck) so
I would stay well covered as my baby bounced on my lap during Mass. I also widened
the overlay, following the suggestions in the sewing guide. I chose the longer
skirt length, which suits me and I really appreciate the pockets. The dress is
quite full through the middle, but the wide side ties cinch in a waist nicely
and the extra fullness is quite attractive when distributed in the back. The medium
weight cotton fabric was nice to work with. It gathered crisply - crisp like lettuce
or a new dollar bill. The cotton has less "give" than the rayons and polyesters
I have used for other nursing dresses, so it requires a little more maneuvering
at nursing time, and security. I sewed the girl's dresses first, finishing theirs
in time for Easter.
Mine was ready, appropriately, on Mother's Day. Friends
complimented us after church, and then we took a walk through a nearby botanical
garden, where we fit right in among the rhododendrons, azaleas, and other flowers.
I expect the time will come soon when my oldest daughter
will not want to dress like mom or her little sisters, so I am glad I seized the
opportunity to celebrate this special time in our family's life with these special
dresses. Thanks for helping me make these memories!
4th Place: Mel Rae Ambs from
New Braunfels, Texas
|This entry is so charming and
it shows how a lovely NC#204 dress looks while
worn during as a maternity dress. Mel Rae added pretty beads to the neck edge
and cuffs for a festive holiday look
Mel Rae writes:
"Christmas was in the air, and my time was filled
with projects to make and do for others. Each day I thought, "Tonight while everyone
is in bed, I'll make a holiday dress for me!" But each night slipped away, full
of other things to do. I'm pregnant with our fifth baby and was feeling a bit
frumpy with that in-between, not obviously pregnant look. Two holiday gatherings
slipped past and I still didn't have my dress.
|To adapt for pregnancy, Mel Rae left of the ties
and added a back clip. A matching beaded hair scrunchy helped pull everything
together. Instructions for the back clip and the scrunchy are included in her
Finally, on the Wednesday before Christmas, I had
my chance. My husband took the girls to run some errands, and I whipped out the
fabric, a deep burgundy washable crushed velour, and pattern NC#204. Due to the
stretchy nature of the fabric, I left the dress to hang for two days before I
attempted to make adjustments to the hem. On Saturday moring (I wanted to wear
the dress on Sunday), I went to my neighbor and she marked the hem for me.
Due to my pregnnacy, I eliminate the ties on the dress,
and gathered the fullness of the dress with a clip at the back waist. To make
the clip, I made a simple rectange of fabric, 8" x 4", sewed up the long side,
and turned it right side out. I slipped the rectangle over a purchased dress clip
(suspender clasps attached to a short length of elastic), then folded and sewed
the ends together. I also made a matching hair scrunchy with another rectangle
of fabric, 12" x 6". I sewed up the long side of the scrunchy, turned it right
side out, then inserted a piece of elastic about 5" long. I sewed the elastic
together to form a circle, then closed the scrunchy by handsewing the folded ends
to each other.
To make my holiday dress even snazzier, I added gold
rose beads and black glass beads around the neck and sleeve cuffs. I hand stitched
each bead onto the collar and cuffs. On the scrunchy, I stitched the beads to
the long seam, which helped to hide the seam, and it also gave me a perfect straight
line to follow. The beads are turned to the outside of the scrunchy, and add a
festive touch. I got to wear the dress to church on Sunday, to my parents church
on Christmas Eve, to our Christmas party on Christmas Day, and to a New Year's
gathering. Whew! It's a good thing the fabric is machine washable!
I just love this soft, luxurious dress - my husband
and children say it's very huggable. Thank you for helping me make a feel good
dress, even when I almost ran out of time. Your patterns are so straight forward,
I was able to complete it from start to finish in a few days, even with my family
to care for!