Summer Sewing for Fall

shortened maxi dress

maxi dress back view

I thought what I had made was a maxi dress until I looked up the definition:

“A maxi dress is a floor or ankle length informal dress. Maxi dresses are formfitting at the top and loose flowing at the bottom, cut to flow over the body. They are usually made out of cotton or polyester and come in a variety of necklines, colors and patterns.”  source

I had made a maxi dress, but then cut off the bottom and now have a short dress.  Guess the whole thing that makes a maxi dress a maxi dress is the length, I learned something today.  Maxi dress or not, it’s something that I’ve made, and has now made it onto the blog for today.

I have had this dress hanging up in plain sight, waiting to be finished, for a couple of weeks now.  I cut it out and sewed most of it up one late Saturday evening.  Things were going well, but my material choice, as pretty as it is, was a big pain to work with.  Very stretchy, and very slippery.  It was free though, so I didn’t complain too much.  I stopped where I was when I did because all that I was lacking was the hem.

maxi dress hem tape

From where it hanged, it looked lopsided and I knew I was gonna have to do something about that.  I was worried that my hem wasn’t gonna be an easy task once I did even things out.  My options as I saw them, make this ridiculously long dress short, and buy some hem tape.  I was going to have to chop a good several inches off of the dress regardless, and as it was before, there was a slit up the front that I didn’t like.  This last week, I finally got some hem tape, so I cut right above the slit and finished it up.

maxi dress racer back

I am not too sure I like the dress.  I picked the v-neck option and didn’t even realize that the back was a racer back style until I was cutting things out.  The arm openings are too low therefore my only option with this dress is wearing it with a shirt underneath.  I have already worn it, and I will admit, I liked it a little more as the day went on.  I am not done with the pattern though, I think a nice t-shirt material and a go at the rounded neck version, with a hi-low hem, will be a keeper.

I had no problems with making this dress.  It was very easy, and fit strait from the pattern without any adjustments whatsoever.  It’s nice to make something that doesn’t need a zipper. or any tweaking, every once in a while.

maxi dress material

You’ve not seen the last of this one.  And there will probably be at least two more before all is said and done because that is just how I sew – threes of everything is a very regular theme around here.  😉


Simplicity 1358

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Craftastic Monday, Creative Mondays, Do Tell Tuesday, Tuesday’s With a Twist, Simple Sequins and Passion for Fashion.

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