A little secret: this used to be an Old Navy maxi dress that I wore throughout my entire twin pregnancy. The tummy was a little stretched out (and a lot stained...ahem) and I didn't think I'd wear again. Here's a little view of the dress in it's former maternity life:
2 months pregnant
4 months pregnant
8 months pregnant
I started with the Chickadee pattern on BurdaStyle for the cute sleeve shape and a block for doing raglan type top. I added width in the middle front and gathered it into the neckline binding. I used the pre-existing hem on the dress and gave it a kind of straight flowy fit. Then I gathered some 1 1/2" strips and pinned them on the left shoulder in a fun swirly arrangement.
I wore this top all day and went shopping with the girlies at Target, hung diapers on the line, and all the normal daily stuff with the girls too. I love how cool it was in this super warm weather. I think the purple ruffle top will quickly become a favorite and happy for the challenge to make it. Thanks, Rae :)