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A Staple in Your Closet -- The MCDI Ladies Full Skirt Dress

This week, Mamma Can Do It is running the last week of the "Winter Tour."  Her "Winter Tour" was a group of patterns she was promoting and selling at half price for one week. This week, part of the tour included this beautiful Ladies Full Skirt Dress. I really liked the look of the dress on the website, but was pretty reluctant to make one for myself because I'm still nursing my baby, and plan to for a while longer. And dresses are not the most practical thing while breastfeeding! So, I decided to come up with a nursing hack, and I shared it on the MCDI blog. You can find my hack here. πŸ˜‰

This yellow dress contains my nursing hack! Check out the MCDI blog post for the button placket tutorial!

But, let me tell you why I like this dress... It's certain to be a staple for you! I have two now, one that I won't get a lot of wear out of for a little while, because I made it before I made my nursing hack, and a second that I will probably wear ALL THE TIME, especially once it warms up. And I'm fairly certain, that I will be adding a few more of these to my closet for the summer. They're perfect.

I told my sister yesterday that I really wish I was sewing and I really wish I had some dresses made from this pattern while I was teaching, because they would have been the perfect classroom attire. Comfortable, conservative, easy to wear, and cute. Plus, with a basic item like this, there are quite a few different ways you can wear it and get different looks!

Here is the basic dress. The blue was the original dress made strictly by pattern instructions, and the yellow was made using my nursing hack. But, obviously, you don't have to be a nursing mama to use this hack! Maybe you just like the look of the button up front. It gives you another look with the same pattern too. That's always a plus, right?!  I happen to think the button placket is pretty cute, regardless of whether you need it for nursing or not! πŸ˜‰

Blue is strictly according to the pattern; Yellow is my nursing hack! 

As you can see, the dress has a lovely shape. According to the pattern, it is made to have bust darts for a nice fitted shape, an empire waist, elastic in the waistline, and a beautiful, very full, gathered skirt with a deep hem. The neckline and arms are finished with bias tape, making it look very professional.

Any Changes I Made?

My yellow one is not as empire-waisted because I chose to add 1" to the bodice pieces to allow the front to open up more for nursing. I told all about that on the blogpost I wrote for Elizabeth's blog though! I sort of like where the waistline sits on my new yellow one, so I'll probably keep adding the inch to the bodice.

The only other thing I did differently from what the pattern suggested was my method of gathering. REALLY, it is the same method, however instead of sewing one row of basting stitches to use for gathering, I used THREE rows of basting stitches. Is it really worth the extra time of sewing extra rows? I would say DEFINITELY! It makes it SOOO much easier for me to get even gathering!!!


Now I'm going to show you some ways you may choose to style the dress. Of course, there are probably 100 ways that would look AMAZING, but here are a few ways I think the dress could be worn!

For the Fall  
Our weather here is usually pretty mild in the fall. I happen to think this dress looks great with boots and a wide belt. Many colors would work for this!

For Cool Days
Here I've got it on with some tights and a sweater. You could even layer, and use a long sleeve tee underneath.

For Church
Put on your hose and heels girls, and dress it up with jewelry!

For Teaching
I already told you, I would have worn this dress all the time when I was teaching. I think it's cute with a denim jacket and flats for a comfortable, everyday look!

Summer Days
The most obvious use for the dress is summertime! It is a sundress pattern after all! Grab your sandals and go! I personally cannot wait to make another to be used for beach photos!!


It's so versatile! It truly is a closet staple! If you sew one, you'll soon realize how quick and easy it is! You'll want a few more, for sure!

AND, it's on sale this week, through FRIDAY ONLY! For only $3.49! WHOA! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ It'll be a less-than-your-cup of Starbucks type of purchase, and I promise you'll love it!!

My direct affiliate link to the dress:

While you're on the website, be sure to check out all of this week's sales! Here is my affiliate link to the Winter Tour 6 sales!

**I have included my affiliate link throughout my blog post**

Thank you for reading! I'd LOVE to see what you make! πŸ’—πŸ’™

Thank you to my sister, Leah, for taking all of the photos for me! And thanks to the uncooperative weather, we did them inside! πŸ˜„


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