6/21/09

Simplicity 2638

Simplicity 2638: Misses Maxi Dress.
The pattern calls for cottons, blends, silky and gauze fabrics and instead I used a floral print knit fabric that I'd purchased from Joann's. The pattern envelope reads - "It's So Easy It's Simplicity"... and its right on point. The garment went together effortlessly and all seams were serged. What I really like about the dress is the gracious neckline... its not too deep, but just right without the usual fuss of wearing a camisole underneath.

My daughter mentioned that she likes the versatility of the maxi dress. That she can wear it formal or casual with the use of different accessories. One of the main accessories she has going right now are the 25 pairs of flip flops she owns and how she could use a few more dresses to pair her flip flops with... haha


Instead of cutting her usual size 10, I cut a size 8 for the bodice to accommodate for the positive ease in the fabric. The pattern calls for a center back seam for a zipper & button and since I was using knit fabric, I omitted the center back seam & zipper and cut the back piece on the fold. For the skirt portion I cut a size 6 and still ended up cutting more from the skirt portion since she didn't want too much fullness and also didn't want the gathers. I did not line the bodice, and instead just underlined the front & back midriff with the fashion fabric. For the neckline and armhole edges, I serged and folded to the wrong side twice and final stitched. Final modification was adding 2" to the bottom of the skirt.

Although I had to do some modifications, they were minor and the garment went together perfectly.

22 comments:

knitmachinequeen said...

I guess I'm going to have to get with it and make myself a maxi dress. That one is fantastic.

Adrienne said...

Very cute!

Brenda said...

Very pretty!! That pattern is on my to-do list. These maxi dresses are so feminine and comfortable.

Faye Lewis said...

That is pretty fabric and the dress looks fantastic on hr.

Mary Sarah said...

It turned out great!

Erica B. said...

Great looking dress! Your daughter looks fabulous!

Tanya said...

Love it, I think Mom deserves one too.

Sheila said...

Thank you. She loves the dress, which is right on time after cutting her hair to get rid of the dead ends and having to endure her whining that I cut it too short. With a new dress she is totally content now with the hair cut.

@ Tanya - I would love to make one for myself - I need to buy another maxi dress pattern.

urbanknitrix said...

Love it! One of the few maxi I like. Kudos.

stillpatrice said...

Very pretty. Love the print!

Cas... said...

Very nice.

Keep up the good work

eword10 said...

I love it! And it looks great on your daughter.

Opal said...

This dress is beautiful... Isn't this a great pattern.. I used this pattern for my last project...I am going to try it using a knit and cut a smaller size...thanks for this post....it was informative....

Knitaholictoo said...

uh,uh! I just bought that pattern a coupla days ago! It's so cute on your daughter...love the print.

Gloria said...

Excellent job and your daughter looks gorgeous in the dress.....it is perfect for shape!

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

Too adorable for words!

c-ing said...

Cute. and a perfect model.

robin said...

It turned out great! And you KNOW I love the fact that you used a knit for a woven pattern. That's one of my tricks as well.

lynda said...

Very nice work!!! I just remade this same pattern for me and I still love it...Thanks for the fabric info..

Cennetta said...

DD looking good.

Tany said...

Outstanding, DD looks fabulous!

Brittany Turner said...

Can you help me? I'm at the point where I'm attaching the waist section to the bodice and I absolutely CANNOT figure out how to pin it!