The Hop, Skip and a Jump Maternity Frock GROSGRAIN GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

November 16, 2009

You know, I've never taken maternity shots of any of my children.

I would have probably continued that trend with this one as well if not for Grosgrain. So thank you readers for enjoying my blog and encouraging me to continue.

I was really pleased with the way many of these turned out. A few of them could have been better but we were sort of strapped for time as we had to pick Lily up from kindergarten that afternoon. So we were lucky to get the shots that we did.

This dress is a copy of one I saw on another mommy-to-be. Well, not so much a "to-be" anymore. Caitlin of the very stylish blog B&C took photos with her husband in a nearly identical dress and sweater.

I asked her where she had gotten her dress in hopes of getting the same one for myself. She was nice enough to reply and said that it was an older season Ralph Lauren dress and she bought it for a steal at Nordstroms.




Unfortunately for me that meant no dress. I looked for a similar one to no avail. Then after studying her dress I figured I could replicate it fairly well. This is the result. What do you think? Close?


Granted, we didn't have a professional photographer but I'm very satisfied with the look of the dress and the accompanying photos. I must say Caitlin's are SUPERB!


You can see the dress is made of a blue pinstriped cotton material. The only difference is that I added a matching belt that ties to the side. The collar has ruffled layers that line the neckline and fall down the front of the bodice.


The skirt has a generous pleat in the front to accommodate baby. The rest is cut on the bias so that you get a nice full effect at the bottom.





I don't know why but I love, love, love the A-line. It's so feminine. So girly. I've always been inclined to prefer flirty over sexy. I guess I'm not very sultry in real life so that makes sense.



I loved the colors of mustard yellow, navy blue and white together with a touch of jungle red. Very classic. Aren't Molly's shoes cute? They're sailor loafers from Baby Gap and I bought them at the Salvation Army for $1. Ahh, don't you just love bargains!


I got the necklace as a Christmas gift last year from Brian's sister Caren. I LOVE IT! It's a cutout of a black and white goldfish. You can buy them on etsy here. I get so many compliments when I wear it. Almost every time. Really.


I couldn't see what the sleeves on the original dress looked like so I left the dress sleeveless. This way it can be worn in either summer or fall with a sweater. It looked nice both ways.





This giveaway is for the dress only. The sweater's all mine:)


I really loved how comfortable the dress was. There was nothing pulling or clinging, pinching or squeezing. It flowed very well and was easy to wear.




The color and look of this dress reminded me of someone fun and bubbly. Someone who didn't mind acting like a child with her children, yet still wanting to be dressy while lively.


I would say this dress would fit a mother-to-be wearing a size Small or Medium.



If you'd like to win this maternity dress set just link to this post either using the 'create a link' at the bottom of this post or simply creating a post on your blog and including this link.


If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link at the top. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post.


If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.



Update!!
While creating a link is still the only requirement for entering a giveaway, leaving a comment along with your link makes it much easier to find your entry. This is most
ly due to the fact that blog roll links often show up in my search for entries and can be difficult to sort through.
















124 {comments}:

Stefanie H said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute :) I really need a new maternity dress!

Jennifer O. said... Best Blogger Tips

That is the cutest maternity dress I've ever seen!

Holli said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE it! I sold all of my maternity wear, thinking that we were done. Of course, a few months later, baby #3 was on the way & now I'm without a maternity wardrobe! How awesome would this be?!

shanghaicowgirl said... Best Blogger Tips

This is beautiful. I love all of your stuff, but this is the first time I've entered. I want this for my baby sister who's pregnant!

http://shanghaicowgirl.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/a-dress-for-aunty-j/

TheMoncurs said... Best Blogger Tips

Posted!

http://themoncurs.blogspot.com/2009/11/i-dont-normally-do-this.html

I neeeed this. I'm pregnant with #2 and remembering how sad my maternity wardrobe is. Bleh.

Tara said... Best Blogger Tips

Posted....

http://notrachelrayrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/11/this-dress-almost-makes-me-want-to-get.html

tbmax03@gmail.com

Meichelle said... Best Blogger Tips

I am pregnant, with NO maternity clothes!
Choose me!
http://blakeandmeichellejohnson.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

Meichelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Posted it here too!
http://nowwhatdoyouthinkaboutthat.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

Meichelle said... Best Blogger Tips

http://ramblingsofawannabemodel.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

Posted!
(Can you tell I want this dress?!)

peaspassthebeans said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress. If only it would have been available for my sister in law. I want this for when I start having kids. Make it happen!!!!

Elisabeth (and Tyler) said... Best Blogger Tips

I loooooooooooooove it. Pretty please? With a cherry on top?

joolee said... Best Blogger Tips

love, LOVE the dress! i may need it soon... :)

http://richardsonshine.blogspot.com/

Jeni said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is so perfect! It looks so comfortable and adorable for maternity wear. I want one in every color!

(We have a private blog so you can't link there unless I invite you through email, which I can do, but I did add a link!)

dana said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen you are so gorgeous. You make anything look chic and like a million dollars. The dress is fabulous. I don't know how you can part with this one!
- dana
www.dana-made-it.com

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

I think this is the BEST maternity dress I have EVER seen! You are so talented. I would love to win it!

http://themazanisfamily.blogspot.com

ashley.mazanis@yahoo.com

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Nikki said... Best Blogger Tips

Posted here:

http://thestewartsbaby.blogspot.com/2009/11/i-want.html

Love love love that dress! SO cute. Pregnant with baby #1!

ShannonP said... Best Blogger Tips

Ah, I don't want to take away from the actual pregnant women who want this dress... I just want the pattern! Where can I find a pattern like this?!

Jinii said... Best Blogger Tips

That is the cutest maternity dress every known to man!!

I have linked up and have my fingers and toes crossed!!!

sarai said... Best Blogger Tips

You did an incredible job! I love these photos, you look like a sweet little hint of summer amidst all the gorgeous fall-ness.

Cherry Blossoms said... Best Blogger Tips

We are going to start trying for #2 in a month or so...and I would LOVE to have this special dress tucked away for my pregnancy! I love the ruffles, the length {I am a modest, woman you see...} Everything about it is just perfect!

To sum it all up, Oh BABY I want this dress!

Here is my link:
http://peonieblossoms.blogspot.com/2009/11/oh-baby.html

CherryBlossomsDesign AT hotmail

Ms. Bake-it said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I love the flirtatious style of the dress! It would definitely make a pregnant woman feel very feminine! I would love to win this for my daughter in law. I linked: http://msbake-it.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

~ Tracy

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

You look amazing! I never looked that cute pregnant! I am entering for my sister-in-law!

Mara said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh how perfect. I am entering the third trimester soon!

Amber Marie said... Best Blogger Tips

Very darling dress, you did a great job copying the original. Could definitely use this in the coming months!

Larissa said... Best Blogger Tips

i would totally make a link on my blog but i think it might raise too many suspicions- the dress is darling though!

Amber said... Best Blogger Tips

I think you are the cutest pregnant woman I have seen - that dress is adorable. I just had to leave a comment (not entering the giveaway) just to tell you how amazing that dress is - and the pictures are fantastic!

Lew said... Best Blogger Tips

I SO need this right now, as a pick-me-up. I am in the middle of my pregnancy, so it goes without saying. So cute!!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! (Posted on private blog)

stewbie2 said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd love to win this! I'd totally gift it to my ex-husband's wife; she's such a sweetpea and such a great stepmom to my babies!

Brandon & Natalie said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this dress!!! I love it I love it! I'm not pregnant YET but oh I love it!!! You did such an amazing job!

bradshawfamilynews {at} blogspot {dot} com :)

Aimee Mayer said... Best Blogger Tips

Linky-dinked! :)

http://gonzo1385.livejournal.com/286014.html

Monica June said... Best Blogger Tips

I would totally love that dress! Although uh... I'm not pregnant :P But anyway, it is really cute! Great job!

krmccord said... Best Blogger Tips

I love that dress! I will hopefully be needing it soon!!!

Sarah-Jo said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW you have replicated the dress perfectly and you look stunning!

Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it too!

Candace said... Best Blogger Tips

Would you be willing to tell me how to make a ruffle neckline like this dress. I love it.

Grace Wong said... Best Blogger Tips

blogged
http://sugarrosies.blogspot.com/2009/11/grosgrain-hop-skip-and-jump-maternity.html

shou.milk@gmail.com

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

my link: http://mwgiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/11/cute-maternity-dress.html

my growing tummy would love this dress.

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

umm did you really MAKE that dress? coveting, so coveting! expecting baby # 2 come june. would be perfect for the spring, don't you think?

i did the create a link... hope it worked!!

Naomi said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely amazing. I need to be pregnant again just to wear it. I've linked to it at
http://sewmenaomi.blogspot.com

Summer Lewis said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish I would have had that a few months ago! But I'll take it for next time.

http://summersews.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

Random question: would you ever consider posting the pattern?

Kendra said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so adorable and I am 3 months pregnant. I would love to have this dress to wear in the spring.

http://hartranftfamily.blogspot.com/

I posted on my blog.

kendraalleen@hotmail.com

Megan, Tommy and the kids said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your work and salivate over it daily. My little bump would to be wrapped in this lovely frock. www.bountifultripletts.blogspot.com

Rubyellen said... Best Blogger Tips

oh how funny! we just took family photos and i am wearing blue and white and a yellow cardigan! haha... oh and a bright red necklace.

but of course, my dress isn't maternity so it is much shorter:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/94552249@N00/4109716002/

Catherine said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous piece! I wish I'd had something that sensational for my previous pregnancies!

lapetitevie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I need this dress now! I have 2 craft shows coming up and no cute maternity clothes to wear. This would be perfect!
I linked to your page from my sidebar on my blog.
http://lapetitevie.wordpress.com/
Thanks so much for the giveaway.

amelieandatticus said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I have been lamenting the lack of beautiful maternity clothes in the blogging community, you have certainly made me smile today!

amelieandatticus said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I have been lamenting the lack of beautiful maternity clothes in the blogging community, you have certainly made me smile today!

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope I win...I LOVE this dress.

http://rabbitandpiggie.blogspot.com/2009/11/grosgrain-hop-skip-and-jump-maternity.html

Rachel Leigh said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted a link. braeggergirl.blogspot.com... twice!

Lydia said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, it looks just like the original! I posted a link!

God's Favorite Shoes! said... Best Blogger Tips

this is how I want to look when I'm pregnant!

Megs said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this!! I hope I look like as cute as you during my pregnancy. This is my first baby and it's hard for me to figure how to look good with a new bump. This dress would be perfect for a start!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress makes me want to have another baby. I posted your giveaway on my blog (it's private). I can send you an invite if you'd like- emmillee@gmail.com

The Gomez Bunch said... Best Blogger Tips

Here is my link

http://thegomezbunch.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

I'm at the point where I may be pregnant and don't know it yet. But I had to fib on my blog for privacy reasons. Please don't hold that against me!

stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

i posted about it.

http://barefootinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2009/11/i-need-this-dress.html

it is the perfect maternity dress! you did an amazing job. i love it.

Martha said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to have one of these dresses for this pregnancy. I think it is so super cute, and I would love to look cute with baby number 5 on the way..

http://mhouseknecht.blogspot.com

Jessica :) said... Best Blogger Tips

This is an adorable dress! If only all maternity clothes were so cute ... harwoodharbor.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips
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Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is so classic and perfect. Oh how I would love it!! There is nothing like having a great outfit when you are feeling not so great!

http://stephanddaren.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

I posted but my blog is private, but I would be happy to send you an invite to see.:)

Stephanie.jepson@gmail.com

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love this!

http://kcproductions.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

Krystal said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love this dress! I wish all maternity clothes could be this cute, or even better yet that I looked that cute pregnant. :)

Carolyn said... Best Blogger Tips

This would look smashing on my belly this spring and summer. I hope I win!

http://carolyn.tabulas.com/2009/11/18/i-want-to-win/#comments

I had to put it on my second blog since the news hasn't been spilled yet.

bygillian said... Best Blogger Tips

I would like to make dresses for myself and even make them without a purchased pattern, do you have a dress making model, and if so do you have any recommendations about what to look for when purchasing one?

kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

the loveliest of lovelies. The potential of benefiting from talents like yours is awesome.

Chacoy said... Best Blogger Tips

How adorable:)
Linked up here:
http://ma21cuteboy.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-grosgrain-fabulous.html

brittany, steve, and gabe said... Best Blogger Tips

i think it is safe to say that at 34 weeks, i am probably too big for this one, but ill bet it would make a pretty great post-pregnancy dress as well! plus, never know when #3 will be on the way!

michelle hoard said... Best Blogger Tips

sooooo cute!! I would love a dress for my growing belly!!

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't think I would look as cute in it as you. . . but I'd still love it! I can't believe how you can just see a dress and make a replica. That is amazing.

molly said... Best Blogger Tips

love the ruffles.
http://elmerboys.blogspot.com/2009/11/want-not-need.html

shay said... Best Blogger Tips

i can't believe you can replicate something so well! great job! i blogged this giveaway bc it's just too much cuteness!

Nikki said... Best Blogger Tips

I am DYING over this!! I'm in love...and it would be perfect, since I'm going to (hopefully) be getting pregnant soon!

I created a link on my sidebar:

http://naturesheirloom.blogspot.com/

Brooke Crook said... Best Blogger Tips

Posted here
http://thecraftycrook.blogspot.com/2009/11/hop-skip-and-jump-maternity-frock.html

I'd really like to have this dress for future use!

Tanner ♥ Chaya said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I linked

Rebecca... said... Best Blogger Tips

So freakin cute! And it just so happens that I'm pregnant! ;)

http://acrylicandoldlace.blogspot.com

rebeccakurber@gmail.com

Alice H said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dress - I'm almost in my second trimester and would love this! I linked at www.alicedemskehansen.blogspot.com - thanks! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

You are linked up pretty Mama!

Hanna said... Best Blogger Tips

linked you!

heather said... Best Blogger Tips

I just used this giveaway to announce on my blog that I'm pregnant :) I love the dress!

Goratrain and Ian-ator said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this maternity dress. It is always hard to find cute maternity dresses. Enter Grosgrain. You are a genius!

ianandlora.blogspot.com

The Frost Family said... Best Blogger Tips

I love those colors together too!! This dress is way cute!! I hope I win!

Jake and Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

i would LOVE to wear this dress in my last few months of pregnancy. i think it is so fabulous. it's been posted on my sidebar of my blog. thanks!

Teresa @ good-grace said... Best Blogger Tips

oh my! This is stunning! So beautiful, and flattering ... and that ruffled neckline!!! gorgeous!!

krissy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! I thought I was done with babies and got rid of all my maternity clothes, but now baby#6 is on it's way! I went maternity clothes shopping today and am very sad. There are not very many fun things to choose from. This dress would make this tired mama-to-be(again) so happy!
Krissy Hakanson

Liz said... Best Blogger Tips

We just found out baby #4 is on it's way, and I would love to be wearing this dress in the spring time! By the fourth time around I could really use something fun and up to date to wear!

http://coltrincrew.blogspot.com

Adri said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks a ton like Caitlin's dress! In fact, when I first saw it I thought, "That's the same dress Caitlin wore in her maternity shoot!" haha. Good Job :)

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

HI there! I made a link to this giveaway on my page. I would love that dress!! We are currently trying for baby #3, so a cute dress to wear next summer would be FANTASTIC!!!
h_freund@hotmail.com

erika~ the inspired mama said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute!! i am pregnant and due this spring- i would love to cover my baby bump with this lovely frock! i blogged about your giveaway here ::
http://inspiredmamamusings.blogspot.com/2009/11/oh-lovely-frock.html

The Fuds said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is sooo sweet. Who knows when the next one will come along...would love to be wearing then when that time comes!

Cheryl Arkison said... Best Blogger Tips

The dress wouldn't work for me, but it is gorgeous! I did want to let you know that I whole heartedly agree with the colour combo. I'm working with something very similar on my latest quilt. Yellow, grey, navy, and just a hint of orange.

Wynn said... Best Blogger Tips

i'm almost 8 months preggy but i haven't bought myself a decent dress till now! I would very much love to feel pretty again!

Nathan and Brooke LeBaron said... Best Blogger Tips

It is so hard to find cute maternity! This is so cute! You do such an awesome job!
nblebaron@blogspot.com

lehi + sasha said... Best Blogger Tips

I.LOVE.LOVE.LOVE.THIS.DRESS.

and i love your hands for creating such an amazing dress.

Affordable Maternity said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow that looks great. you have a talent. better than a lot of the maternity clothes i have seen on the market. why don't you try and produce this dress as i;m sure it will sell.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable! Link here: http://babymidwife.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/cutethings/

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

http://phesine.blogspot.com/2009/11/grograin-giveaways.html

Brava! I love this. I always feel so frumpy in my maternity clothes. But this is beautiful.

Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

We just found out the begining of this month that we are pregnant. This will be my first pregnancy (Our third child. We adopted our two amazing children), so I don't have any maternity clothes yet. I think this dress is absolutely incredible. I would love the chance to look cute while being pregnant.

amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

It's shocking anyone can make something like this!

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

i absolutely love this dress! amazing job! baby #3 is due in spring/early summer so this dress would be perfect for then! :)

Meg said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, and my link is here on my brand shiny-new blog!

http://fromeighttoten.blogspot.com/

Meg said... Best Blogger Tips

This is seriously one of the cutest maternity dresses I've ever seen! Would love a pattern...

Thanks!

The Thomas Family said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the cutest maternity dress I have ever seen! I have to have it!

Stefi said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked - lovely dress

quebella said... Best Blogger Tips

Just found out I am pregnant, but I am pretty sure that I would wear this dress regardless. It is so adorable. It is a generous give away. I don't think I would ever part with it.
shaunaha@yahoo.com
-Shauna

Therisa said... Best Blogger Tips

this is such a beautiful dress. i don't have a blog, so linking for me...just wanted to comment.

Amanda J. Smith said... Best Blogger Tips

I think I'm in LOVE. I'm 14 weeks prego and I can totally see me sporting this beauty come springtime!

mandy said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love this dress! Or even just the pattern to make one.

I posted this on our blog, but it's private, so you won't be able to see it.

Nicole said... Best Blogger Tips

I would so love to have this dress or a pattern!!! I love dresses and cute maternity ones are so hard to find! It's gorgeous!

Nicole said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked
it's at :
http://dontpullthestring.blogspot.com/
fingers crossed!!!

kirk and carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

I think I NEED this dress! It is so cute and just might make me feel adorable as I pack on the pounds. Pregnant during the holidays = lots of extra weight!

carina said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi,

You have a nice blog. A 40-week pregnancy is really just a blip in our whole life time, but the problem with clothing during that time is very painful. Keeping this in mind, two best friends and mother of two children each started http://www.bellybundles.com. We have high quality maternity clothes there and we would like to hear your feedback on our products.

Thanks,
Carina - Maternity clothing

Christie said... Best Blogger Tips

I know the giveaway is long gone, but I just have to say this is beautiful!!! And the pics are lovely. Just a wonderful and inspiring dress. LOVE IT!

Wendy said... Best Blogger Tips

Outstanding! Caitlin took some amazing photos. Would have been great to have won that dress.

Wendy - Cheap maternity clothes

Gel the Bride said... Best Blogger Tips

It really does look perfect. I am so jealous. I never looked that good even before I was pregnant :-(

Gel - Maternity Bras and Nursing Bras

Bumps Maternity Wear said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow ... stylish maternity dress and I should know I've been buying and selling maternity clothes for over ten years. Great job!

mikelle said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this dress. And I want one soooo badly. (I'm almost 14 weeks with my first.) Have you considered making more to sell? Or at least writing a tutorial on how you made it? Thanks! Mikelle

Carly said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm finding this post way too late, but am IN LOVE with this dress! If you haven't thought of making more to sell, have you thought about selling the pattern? I'd be interested in it.

Burgess said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm with the ladies! I just happened upon your post and LOVE this dress. WANT IT BADLY. Is there any way to purchase it or get a pattern!?

Burgess said... Best Blogger Tips

Is there any way to purchase this or get a pattern?? :)

Brooke said... Best Blogger Tips

I know about a million other people have asked this, but do you have a pattern, or maybe advice on how you made your pattern? I absolutely need this dress, and of course can't find any patterns that are remotely like it. You should really think about making these dresses or a pattern and selling it, you would make big bucks!

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE this dress. I'm 26 weeks and shopping for a navy & white dress for our family pictures. This dress would be perfect. Would you be willing to sell one????

Kereta Mini said... Best Blogger Tips

My wife really liked this design
Kereta Mini

Brenda said... Best Blogger Tips

I have looked at several patterns for a neckline flounce, but none were as full as yours on this dress! I have the body of the dress figured out, but the flounce isn't coming out. Tips? Tricks?

 
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