Monday, May 13, 2013
Maxi Dresses: I'm On Board: Simplicity 2219
It was high time that I made a maxi dress. Most folks say "Oh, I'm not a maxi dress wearing type" much as I did just two weeks ago. I've been spying them all around sewing blogs in the past few weeks, here on Goodbye Valentino (love this print!), Very Purple Person (another lovely print), The Green Violet (she made a perfect point of how comfy these dresses are and I LOVE a comfy outfit) and today I spied this ridiculously gorgeous one by Mokosha (droooool!) I saw this gorgeous flowing maxi dress in Burda 5/2013 a few weeks back but realized that I'd need a strapless bra for it (which I will be making a strapless bra for such pretty summer dress soon enough.) Then low and behold, I saw Simplicity 2219 (View D) during a $1 pattern sale and it was almost a duplicate of the Burda dress but regular bra friendly. I knew I had to use this patterned fabric that came in a FabricMart bundle. It's acts like a rayon spandex (very springy and stretchy) but has a dry hand like there is some cotton in there (what like a plain cotton t-shirt feels like.)
This dress is so comfortable it's ridiculous. I made it specifically for a little beach vacation my family went on this past week in Ocean City, Maryland while my husband attended a conference for work (locals may be familiar with this oh-so-classy beach town, it's actually a gorgeous beach and a great place to be a couple weeks before the summer season kicks in.) I new I'd be on the chilly side so I paired it most of the time with my My Image cropped denim jacket.
I made a straight size 14. Normally I would have to grade the hips and butt to a 16/18 but the pattern is very full and the fabric is very stretchy. You can see my bra poking out some on the edges in front... I could have even done with a 12 on top because it's a little droopy on the sides and a touch too loose overall from the weight of the material and to help cover my bra up.
I did my best to line the pattern up with all the printed bands. This fabric is so slinky and stretchy that it was a little off, but no worries at all.
I ended up wearing a bathing suit underneath the whole time so I had no bra issues anyhow. I never really ended up swimming in the ocean... it's early May and that Atlantic Ocean isn't the warmest place to be (and I am a little freaked out by swimming in natural waters anyhow!)
Now just go and make yourself a maxi dress. This one was so easy to make and the comfort level is off the chart.