Hello, Darling!

This is the Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns. It hardly needs an introduction as it's been around for a long time and there are tons of great inspiration pics out there. I had had it on my "to buy" list for a long time and finally took the plunge because it fit a new category in my handmade wardrobe: growing baby-bump-friendly! ;)

I have a handful of shirtdresses in my pattern stash, but this one's a nice addition because it features a v-neck instead of a collar. Don't get me wrong, I love a good collar, but they take time to get just right, and it was a bit of a relief not to have one this time around. 

The fabric is Cotton and Steel rayon (called Paper Bandana and purchased at the workroom). It's a nice light weight, and is soft and flowy. It's only 44" wide though, and I think I got the last two yards so I didn't have the recommended three yards for this version of the dress. But, by cutting in one layer and adding a seam to the back bodice rather than cutting on the fold, I managed to eke this out of the two yards I had...and even sort of pattern matched and fit a couple of tiny sleeves to boot! :)

Here's the obligatory side shot - lots of room for a growing belly! For a dress like this I usually take in the bodice side seams but for obvious reasons I left lots of room to grow with this one. 

Overall, I'm very happy with this dress. It has pockets, lots of variations, and Megan's instructions are fantastic as always. I haven't seen many of Version 3 out there, so might have to try that next...