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Date: 9/19/10 8:48 PM

Hi All,

I need some help with this project. I found this pattern, McCall's M5711 Misses Lined Jacket. It's out of print, and I was able to pick it up at my favorite local fabric shop:

McCall's M5711 Misses Lined Jacket

My question is, I want to alter this pattern for maternity. I'm expecting baby #2 in March, and will need a jacket for late fall/winter. I thought this one would work well, but I'm not sure what to do with that pesky dart. I know how to adjust the center front and side seams for a growing belly, but I'm stuck on that dart.

Do I shift the extra into the side seams? Do I shift it to the center front? Or do I just leave it? I was also thinking I could turn it into a pleat to give me some extra room out front where I'm going to need it. I'm only 14 weeks, and I already can't button my pants, so I'm getting big pretty quickly.

Any suggestions or references I can look at? I know it's still kind of early, but I want to knock out some of the sewing before I get to round to fit behind the machine!

Thanks for any help you can give!

Judy Williment
Judy Williment
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Date: 9/20/10 9:32 PM

Without seeing the line drawing I'm not certain how I'd deal with it, but if it takes out a lot of fabric I'd be inclined to leave it as is to help avoid the tent look. Since you're going to add maternity room to the sides and front the dart isn't necessarily going to cause problems. If it doesn't take out a lot I'd leave it out to take advantage of the little bit of extra room. If you do that you'd have to make welt pockets rather than placing them in the dart.

Good luck, with pregnancy and coat!

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