I've had a love/hate relationship with maxis. A few years ago, I made several and wore them for that summer, but as the following summer rolled around, I just wasn't feeling how I looked in them. In came a refashion, of the 6 that I made I cut 4 of them to dresses and they have worked well since the refashion. The other 2 which are strapless, are mainly worn around the house/backyard.
With summer in full effect again and seeing so many beautiful maxis being worn, I starting thinking, give it another try. Decided the best style that would work for me is a maxi with a waist seam... don't ask why, I just believe that to be.
In come New Look 6684: Coordinates, dress, top, jacket & pants...
and Simplicity 1663: Misses' pull-on skirts, pants and shorts have elastic waist. Skirt in mini length has optional trim or maxi length sheer overskirt with slits. Shorts are above knee length.
For fabric, I used a sheer printed poly from Virgo Fabrics. Used the upper bodice of NL6684, Version C and lengthened 2" and partially followed the pattern's instructions for the upper bodice. Used the skirt of S1663, Version C. The instructions for the skirt requires for 4 cut panels, but I cut 2 on the fold.
For the bodice neckline I serged the opening to desired height, and folded the neckline raw edges in twice and final stitched, then attached the skirt to the bodice. I decided to go with side slits for the skirt and serged the side seams just below my knee and finished off the slit raw edges. Used the same fold twice & stitch method for the armholes and hemline too. Added a casing at the waist seam and inserted a 1/2" elastic and gathered to desired circumference.
In order to make this maxi public appropriate, I made a spaghetti strap dress as the underlayer, using an ity navy knit ...
and Burda 6964: Shapewear for absolute shape retention, form-fitting and figure-enhancing. Indispensable for body-hugging outfits made of jersey. Beside its strong shaping effect, the material provides perfect wearing comfort.
What I love about this ensemble is being able to wear the underlayer as a dress solo for a date nite or under a blazer for work.
Wore this ensemble and it was perfect for New York temps... easy, breezy and effortless.
Have a Great Day !