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***

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

  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 ;)

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

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

  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.

  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:)

  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!

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

  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!

  10. Gorgeous! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM


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