Sunday, July 3, 2011

The 1.5 Hour Maxi Dress

I’ve been admiring maxi dresses lately. I’ve pinned so many to my Pinterest clothes board lately (where I pin inspiration for future sewing projects). They look so comfortable and fun. And I love dresses. I just don’t wear them much because of having to worry about exposing something I shouldn’t. So the maxi dress is perfect! Before spending the money to buy one, I figured I could make one and see how I like wearing it. I’ve had this blue fabric for a while now (it was a part of the stash from my MIL). It’s light weight but not see through. And so, the other morning I sewed up this dress.

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I love the color! And I wore it to church tonight (we have a Saturday service at our church) and got quite a few compliments on the color (and the dress too, but quite a few people specifically liked the color).

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The straps and band around the top are a five part braid. I saw this cute headband tutorial and thought it would help add a touch of causal to the dress. The waistband fit a little loosely and made the dress look somewhat shapeless, so I added the belt and flowers from my casually cute knit dress.

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The zipper is under the left arm so the back is seamless. Sewing the dress only took an hour. The braided trim added about a half hour to the process. I didn’t take pictures of the process because I was pressed for time while making it, but if anyone wants a tutorial, I’d be happy to make another dress and show you how! Just let me know.

***UPDATE: I made a tutorial for making your own maxi dress HERE***

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be linking up with these great parties!

12 comments:

  1. How adorable! You did a beautiful job. I love maxi dresses. I hope they never go out of style! <3

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  2. I love the dress! It looks great and I'm so impressed that you did it in an hour. I really need to brave it out and learn how to use my sewing machine so that if you do a tutorial I can try it ;)

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  3. I would love a tutorial! I'm thinking about making a maxi dress, but haven't been sure where to start.

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  4. Very cute!! I love maxi dresses...forgiving, flattering, and cool. What could be better for summer?

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  5. I'd love to see a tutorial! Your dress turned out so cute, and the color is really pretty! I love maxi dresses, but my problem is that the bust usually doesn't fit right. Making one of my own might solve that problem.

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  6. I think it is cute and maxi dresses are great, it almost feels like you are wearing p.j.s all day but they are so cute too:)

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  7. That is so beautiful! I love maxi dresses, too--they look so much more put together than slouchy sweats, but are just as comfy :-) Yours is lovely!

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  8. It looks so great on you Jill! I love it!

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  9. This is beautiful! I've been eyeing maxi dresses too, but haven't found one that is just right yet. Maybe I'll have to try making one. If you ever make a tutorial, I'd love it!

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  10. Gorgeous! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

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