8/16/15

Frankenpattern McCalls 7121 & Simplicity 1663

Is New York hot enough for everyone yet?  Yesterday felt like a hundred, sweltering, steamy, blistering hot and the next few days will be the same.  However, I was able to stay somewhat cool yesterday wearing a frankenpattern maxi.

As I mentioned in this post, I was experiencing a love/hate relationship with maxis and the one's I made in previous years, except for 2 were shortened to dresses.

Seriously, I am a shortie, but every single time I saw a woman rocking a maxi I'd scream to my inner self, she's short and it looks fabulous on her... wish I could wear them.... well at least one..... right?  

When I did wear them in the past, I must admit I enjoyed the comfort and seriously the ebb & flow of the fabric against my legs and of course the easy breeziness of them.  Buuuut, I felt like humpty dumpty... something was just off.

I followed some tips @ Symbology Clothing, and believe I've calmed the love/hate maxi relationship and went on to make a second one.




Tips for wearing a maxi with a short & vertically challenged body:



  • slim fit;
  • semi-sheer fabrics;
  • opt for vertical prints or monochromatic;
  • if going with a print, opt for small prints or the print should be no bigger than your fist;
  • fitted bodice;
  • v-neckline or sweetheart neckline
  • break up the bodice and skirt with a belt or opt for an inset elastic waist; 
  • opt for heels, but if that isn't possible, flat open toe sandals or wedge sandals.




  • Sewing Tiddles:

    Pattern Descriptions:
      McCalls 7121 Bodice, pullover & close fitting through the bust with back bodice variation and elasticized waist.
      Simplicity 1663 Skirt, pull-on with mini length, optional trim or maxi length sheer overskirt with slits.

    Fabric: White sheer textured stripe poly knit w/ one-way stretch.

    Bodice Alterations: added 1/2" to the side seams of the bodice as well as 1/4" to the armholes and merging into the upper part of the armhole.  Also raised the neckline 3/8" and bust darts.

    Skirt Alterations: cut a 12, but it ended up wider than the bodice and ran gathering stitches and gathered to bodice width, and fully lined with a lt. weight knit. 
     For the hemline and side slits, I used thin strips of stitch witchery, sandwiched it between the fold line and final stitched.  After inserting the darn lining, I didn't like look of the shoulder/armholes and cut off 3/8" from the armholes... however...


    my armholes ended up showing armpit cleavage, but seriously with yesterday's temp.... I needed all the airflow I could get.



    End result, comfortable, easy breezy and perfect for frolicking around on the weekend.


    Until then,
    Have a Great Week! 

    24 comments:

    Faye Lewis said...

    Great look Sheila I really like the sheerness below the knee.

    Robin said...

    Love it, Sheila. I am 5'5" and plus sized. Maxi's can be overwhelming for big girls (too much fabric, and tend to make you look larger). Thanks for posting those tips--they're very helpful.

    Bonnie said...

    I think you look lovely in a maxi dress! I like your use of the sheer fabric. Very nice & summery!

    Bonnie @ www.sewplus.blogspot.com

    Myra said...

    Very, very nice Sheila! I love a white dress and have done one in forever! I love your version!

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Faye ! I am seeing a lot of this style in N.Y. too.

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Robin ! I am 5'3 and dresses too far below my knees can be a problem, but thinking if I stick with the tips, I can see more maxis in my future. Also you are welcome !

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Bonnie ! I really enjoyed wearing it.

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Myra !

    Lisa R said...

    Very cute and a great look on you!

    Enid said...

    I am 5'2" and wear and feel very comfortable in longer lengths ...a lot of how a certain look looks on us is how our bodies are proportioned....and where the hem falls on the leg...I was at a younger age, evenly proportioned, arms were not very short as my legs weren't either..as I aged, I became a bit short waisted, so if I wear a maxi it skims my waist and flares to the ankle.
    I wear most of my dresses and skirts at a longer length, as on my body, the shorter lengths make me feel "squatty"(is there such a word?) :-)

    Enjoy your beautiful maxi and those you create in the future!

    Really enjoy your blog and your fashions!

    Barbara said...

    Beautiful dress Sheila - and a very pretty idea with the sheer fabric. Looks great on you. And I love the pile of patterns in your hand in the pictures - must the the sale at your local Joanns

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Lisa !

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Enid ! You are so right that it's all about our body proportions.

    Lori said...

    This looks so good on you, great compromise for the maxi look. I would have never guessed you were short.

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Barbara ! Yes, joanns had Mccalls patterns on sale for $.99, couldn't pass up that sale.

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Lori ! The heels throw people off. My daughter calls me her lil dwarfette.

    edube said...

    You always look lovely and this dress is beautiful and summery. I am shorter than my daughters too, as they continuously remind me, and now my granddaughter is taller than me as well!

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Edube ! As I always say out of the mouths of babes...lol

    Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

    Ooh, you look like Venus or some Greek goddess - gorgeous dress! I love that fabric, and your fit is beautiful.

    Cas... said...

    Love the dress Sheila. You'd probably freak if you saw me. I'm 6 feet tall. LOL I LOVE MAXI DRESSES. they're so comfortable. I have a closet full of them too. Believe it or not I have a hard time finding them long enough for me. But every now and then I find one. I grab! LOL

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Sister !

    Sheila said...

    Thank you Cassandra ! No I would not freak out, I admire tall women's model stature. My daughter is tall and understand some of the issues with garments not being long enough.

    RatRace said...

    Your style rocks as usual. You are definitely ready for an all white wardrobe cookout or party.

    Sheila said...

    Thank you RatRace!!