I’m pretty sure this is my first me-made maxi. I don’t know why I don’t just live in maxi dresses and skirts. They are so comfortable! And yet, I’m not as thrilled with this dress as I imagined I would be.
I didn’t have enough fabric to make this as long as I’d like. (To my mom’s chagrin, I pretty much like my maxis a centimeter above “dragging on the ground like a filthy heathen.”) I had 2 yards, and this was the absolute best I could do. I think I may need to narrow the sides a bit to balance it out. Or just make it a midi. But I have a constant urge to shrink and slump to keep the dress looking long. Awkward and uncomfortable is definitely not what I was going for!
I would love to hear your thoughts. Should I go midi, similar to this:
Maybe add some horsehair braid to the hem to emphasize the full skirt?
In the meantime, a few notes;
- The bodice definitely came out as an empire style on me, a bit different than the line drawing had me expecting.
- I love the invisible zipper application! I was skeptical, but it worked! I *really* could have used this tutorial when I was making the maroon wool dress and it kept twisting. Either way, it’s in my arsenal now. Check it out on the Lisette sewalong here. (While it sounds like the method described is different than the pattern instructions, it’s really the same.) Seriously, the pattern is worth it in my book just for this step!
Changes I Made:
- Lengthened the dress (too bad I didn’t have a few more inches to make this a full maxi!)
- Eliminated the sleeves and used bias binding to finish the armscye
- Narrowed the seams on the midriff band to make it a bit wider. This helped me eliminate most of the front gathers. (Accidentally, by the way–I was really just trying to keep some width for fit purposes.)
So, I’m on the fence here. I had really high expectations for this dress. I was picturing flouncing around and being super smug about how awesome it was, and clearly, that’s not what I’m doing here.
On the other hand, when I’m daydreaming about future projects, I keep imagining all my other fabrics in this exact style. It came together easily and is pretty flattering. There’s a lot to like about this pattern, and I think it really depends on having the right print and color to be a closet standout. (Or, alternately, it would be an amazing everyday staple in black or navy. Wheels turning…)
Also, news. Some of the seams in this garment are serged, on my brand new serger! Woo-hoo!
I got the Brother 1034D, based on the overwhelming number of reviews and sheer volume of tutorials available for it. I considered a couple of Juki models, but the lower-end model didn’t have a feature the Brother did, and the higher model didn’t offer a compelling reason to spend an extra 40% beyond the fact that it seemed “cooler” than the everyone-has-one Brother.
There’s more to the story than this, but I think I’ll save that for a separate post. (Trust me, it’s worth it.)
So, what’s the verdict on this dress? Change? Embrace? Discard immediately in a KonMari fit? Would love your thoughts.