Ginger Made: Rie Dress

PEOPLE.  Don’t get too excited, now!  Yes, I sewed one of Megan Nielsen‘s delightful maternity patterns, the Rie dress, but it’s NOT FOR ME.  No mini-Gingers on the way!  It’s for my younger sister, who’s due in January.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…

I made this a few months back but haven’t had a chance to blog about it yet.  This is the fastest garment that I’ve completed to date– I sewed it up in just a few hours!  I’ve never done anything so quickly before!  The dress was so easy to assemble, and it’s a very cute style.  I would actually almost wear this myself, belted for a little waist definition.  I used a super-cute medium-weight cotton jersey from Girl Charlee (Andrea also used this fabric for a sweet dress)!

I highly recommend this pattern!  It requires very little fitting, so it would make a great gift for a friend who’s expecting, and it’s a nice wardrobe basic that can be dressed up or down.  Like all of Megan’s patterns, it’s really, really easy to put together, and there are several variations suggested in the pattern booklet so you can make multiple unique garments with one pattern.

Here’s a little snapshot my dad took of my sister wearing the dress.

Notice anything funny about the dress in the full-length shot?  I used the blue stripe to line up the pieces so my stripes would match, BUT… I cut one piece, then must have flipped the other piece upside-down on the fabric before cutting, so the stripes run in reverse order on one side and only the blue stripes match up!  Whoops!  What a dumb mistake!

What are your favorite gifts for expectant mothers?  For those of you who are pregnant or have been, what were your favorite things to wear during that time?

58 responses

  1. This is super adorable and your sister looks stoked with her lovely frock! I would never have noticed the stripe colour order unless you pointed it out- call it a design feature, I say 😀


  2. So cute! I’ve yet to try a Megan Nielsen pattern, but I do think she does a great job designing stylish pieces. Also, your blue line matching had me chuckling. Better than my first attempts – nothing even came close to matching despite my actually trying!


  3. Empire-waisted and knit fabric dresses are brilliant when you’re pregnant. 🙂 I love this one – and I actually really like how the stripes kind of alternate!


  4. Oooh, it’s so cute.Love the stripes. I had eyed the Rie pattern when I was pregnant but never bought it! My favourute thing I made when pregnant was my Mariposa dress by Anna Maria Horner made in cotton jersey knit and also some maternity shorts which were a simplicity pattern. The dress is designed for breastfeeding so I wore it before and after having the baby. My gift recommendation would be a cute changing bag with travel mat or some pretty yet comfy pjs that can be worn in the first few weeks of motherhood. xx


    • The Mariposa dress looks like a great design! The whole “Handmade Beginnings” book looks really cute, and I love the idea of a changing bag and pajamas! Thanks for the recommendations– they’re perfect! I’m glad to get some tips from pros! 🙂


  5. that is a very cute dress! i just ordered from girl charlee and i’m really happy with the quality of the fabrics. i will definitely be ordering from them again. i have totally done that same stripe mess-up before. it’s probably not all that noticeable with so many colors.


    • I looked around a bit to see what kind of maternity clothes are available to buy, but they’re pretty expensive and kind of drab! I’m glad I was able to make something pretty cute on the cheap!


  6. What a cute dress! Since the blue stripes match, I think you can go ahead and call the ‘inverted stripe pattern” a design feature.

    Being an aunt is WONDERFUL! Take it from one who knows. 😉 Moms in my life get a diaper bag – no fitting required!


  7. It’s not a mistake it’s a design element that adds ‘interest and texture’. When I was pregnant I loved kaftan style tops (I wore my ‘normal’ pants until I was 6 months pregnant with my first!) and dresses!


  8. Oh you are the sweetest sister!! So nice of you to make her a maternity dress! I’m so glad you enjoyed the pattern – it’s definitley the one i wore the most when pregnant. And seriously, i giggled so much at your blue line matching – i made that EXACT mistake with stripes in one of my last collections, i was SO mad at myself! hehehe


  9. aww, it’s really sweet of you to make a dress for your sister. i think expecting moms get a lot of gifts for the baby but you were thoughtful and made something for her! she looks cute in the dress! it looks like it was a quick but rewarding project. great job! (and i never would have noticed the stripes, either)


Got something to say?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: