6/29/09

Finally a Maxi-Dress a/k/a Patio Dress

ETA:
Everyone is making them, they look fussless, feminine, graceful and versatile. I made one for my daughter and she looked fantastic in it. Now it was time for me to try one, but unlike my daughter I am shorter, bigger and large busted and had to be mindful of certain things. I used New Look 6774, which offers several bodice variations. I selected A+K, which has the bandeau bodice with straps. It really should’ve been A+J+K, but totally forgot about the midriff band… oh well next time around.


The pattern was easy to follow. I cut the bodice in a size 18 and the skirt in a 16, but ended up removing 5” from the skirt to avoid the tent-like effect and didn't want to be swamped by the fabric due to my short frame. Also, when working with woven fabric I always cut larger pattern pieces, and tweak for a smaller size and ended up removing about a 1/2" from the bodice .

For the bodice I underlined it with the fashion fabric and since the skirt circumference was totally off due to removing 5” of fabric, I did a little gathering at the bottom of the bodice to compensate for it. I experienced some gapping at the neckline and decided to use ¾” elastic instead, which omitted the use of a zipper. So instead of stepping into my dress, I will be pulling it over my head, which works just as good.
The bottom was serged and folded to the underside and final stitched.




Here's a close-up of the bodice with the elastic. I also played with it by tucking the straps inside and it looks much better as a strapless dress (something to think about).




Once all was completed, I tried it on and was somewhat feeling that it looked too much like a mu-mu, but once I put it on with heels, it look more presentable, will try to make a necklace to pair with it.


Will definitely make more and will try it in a knit as well for a more drapey look. As always while browsing at The Loft, there are several dresses along the same line and can see making short ones too for wearing at the office paired with a blazer or cardigan. All in all I can see getting great mileage out of this pattern.

Hope to have a pic soon.

22 comments:

Lynnelle said...

Wonderful dress! I, too, have this pattern and considered using it for my maxi dress. Instead, I went with S2638, though I will still try this one anyway. Love the colour!! Well done.

knitmachinequeen said...

When do we see a picture of you with it on??

Susan said...

I'm jumping on the maxi-dress band wagon too! I have my material cut and am sewing during my lunch break. lol.

Love your fabric choice.

Opal said...

Pretty! I really need to jump on the maxi dress band wagon before it goes by me.....

stillpatrice said...

I want to make a maxi

Sew-Ann said...

The dress looks nice. I don't see the big boobs though. Work it!!

Tanya said...

Very cute. I hope to have mine finished over the weekend. Do you remember the first time maxi dresses came out, I do. My Mother made my little sister a lime green 3-tier with a white fake fur cape, you couldn't tell her nothing lol.

Sheila said...

Thanks ladies.

@ Lynnelle: Definitely do a second one. I know I will.

@ knitmachinequeen: See what you made me do... get in gear and rush home and take a pic...lol

@ Susan: I know you have some gorgeous fabric cut-out.

@ Opal: It seems that the maxi dress started out last year and still going strong, but definitely looking forward to seeing your maxi-dress.

@ stillpatrice: You can do it, I hope to see one on you this weekend... this pattern was just a few hours - also due to fact that I forgot to add the midriff band...lol

@ Sew-Ann:I read somewhere for large busted women, the bandeau bodice minimizes the bust and from the pic it works.

@ Tanya: Back then we called them caftans.

gold said...

You look great in your maxi dress!! I am loving the maxi dress this summer.

Michelle said...

I love your dress! It looks fantastic! I made a maxi dress, but the skirt is too full and I look like I'm expecting (so I slop around the house in it instead!) but I think your version would be much more flattering! I might have to give this one a try.....

Cas... said...

Cool dress! As always of course.

Keep up the good work.

Sew Shy said...

This looks amazing. I can't believe it could be as easy as you described! Got to get this pattern. Also, the green looks great on your skin.

alethia said...

Awesome.

toy said...

you look great Sheila

robin said...

Very nice!! I love that fabric too.

Cennetta said...

Super cute. I'm lovin' the maxi dress too. I see another one in my future (this weekend lol).

Zu said...

That dress is so cute!! It's really flattering on you too. :-)

cici said...

I love your thorough reviews. You look fabulous♥

Lesalicious said...

Way to cute. Liking that green fabric. Great job

Monique said...

Hey Sheila I like this!

Tany said...

You look terrific! Great dress!

katiemgibbs said...

Hi! I realize I am late to the party, but if you get this, I have a question regarding New Look 6774. It looks like you eliminated the pleating in the skirt. (I think that's what you mean by saying you removed 5" from the skirt.) I am thinking of doing the same thing, as I am not loving what I see in other people's photos online when it comes to that part of the dress. I don't need any help in making my belly bigger. Anyway, I really like the flat look of yours, so I am hoping you'll confirm that you cut out the pleats in the skirt.