To Maxi or Not to Maxi? Vogue 8784

By | April 19, 2016

This post is less about a finished garment, and more a request for intervention.


I’m not really sure what to do with this. I made Vogue 8784 into a long-sleeved maxi, hoping for some casual glam, and somehow I ended up here. The dress, while comfortable (except for the too-narrow sleeves that are totally my fault), lies somewhere between “overwrought, try-hard resort wear” and “religious temple garb” (the former being my opinion, and the latter my spouse’s).

Here’s the original pattern, for reference:

So, not at all crazy or weird. I added that myself.

So, not at all crazy or weird. I added that myself.

And here’s what I was going for:

Maybe I just need a wind machine to pull this off...

Maybe I just need a wind machine to pull this off…

I mean, it could work as resort wear. But I have approximately zero trips of that kind on the calendar. I need to make this wearable for my everyday/weekend life. I think the fabric was the wrong choice for this look, but that ship has sailed.

I could cut this off and make into a short dress, a midi dress, or anything in between.

I could shorten the sleeves or hack them off entirely and keep the maxi length.

As is, I think something’s got to change. I wore this dress once, for wine tasting and fabric shopping, and I’m just not comfortable in it.

Opinions? Please?

6 thoughts on “To Maxi or Not to Maxi? Vogue 8784

  1. Monica P

    I like it long, but I think more volume would have changed the feel you two are getting from it.

    1. Sara in Stitches Post author

      Thanks, Monica! Even if I can’t save this dress, I might try this pattern again, so that’s helpful input.

  2. Susan

    It’s summer and we all need summer wear. I vote for knee length and 3/4 sleeves max. I would say short sleeves but can’t tell if the narrow sleeve would make that difficult.

    1. Sara in Stitches Post author

      I think you’re right; the sleeves need to come up to at least 3/4 length. I might start there and keep hacking if needed. Thank you for weighing in, Susan!

  3. Margo

    I love the long length but it comes down to how you will wear it the most. If you are uncomfortable after donning it a few times now….well….it’s time for the hack! Commit and don’t regret. It will look great.

    Just a thought though….do you think that it may be the long sleeve length that is throwing you off? Short sleeve or even sleeveless may make the difference…

    1. Sara in Stitches Post author

      I’m going to start with the sleeves, 3/4 length or sleeveless. That’s been the most common response, and I think I agree. I appreciate your opinion, Margo, and your advice to commit and not look back! It’s just a dress, right?


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