Friday, April 15, 2016

First Maxi for the Summer!

Here’s my first maxi for the summer! 

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Stitch Upon A Time (or SUAT), recently released the “Shirtzie” pattern.  I loved everything about it so I had to get the pattern and sew it right away. 

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I normally sew a size Medium for all SUAT top patterns so I started with that.  It was too tight so I sized up to a Large.  However, after I did this I realized my fabric is thicker and has more spandex than my normal Cotton Lycra, so it might just be the fabric causing me to size up. 

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While I loved this pattern, I didn’t love that the skirt gathered all the way around.  Pear shapes should not have gathers at the hip.  So I grabbed my skirt from SUAT’s similar pattern, the Brazi, (a tank maxi) and used that skirt.  It has gathers only in the front. The pieces from both patterns are interchangeable.

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I also slimmed down the skirt for a more straight look than the flared bottom of the pattern.  I just eyeballed that part but mainly I went to the normal hip mark and then went straight down from there instead of flaring out. 

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I also had to cut the back skirt with a center back seam to save fabric.  I added seam allowance at center to make up for this.  With my busy print you can barely tell.

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I had to shorten the hem by 4 whole inches!  And I’m 5’7” tall!  Honestly I’ve had this dress sewn most the week now but didn’t feel like hemming it.  Today I finally did.

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The pattern goes together really easy.  There are picture steps as well as words.  This is a PDF pattern.  I love being able to print in layers (only the sizes you need) and I print “borderless” on  my printer setting so it is a breeze to tape together. 

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Fabric:  1/2 yard of 11 oz Dark Navy Blue Cotton Lycra Knit purchased March 2016, $1.98; and 2 yards of Navy/Ivory Floral T-Shirt Jersey Knit, 100% cotton, purchased also March 2016 $7.90.  Total for dress: $9.88

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Thoughts:  I really love that this maxi dress has waist definition.  As a pear shaped woman I find it hard to wear any dress that does not snug in at the waist; my proportions get all thrown off and I look larger than I really am.  So this pattern was perfect for me. 

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We have a bit of a heat wave this next week so I’m looking forward to wearing my new maxi dress!  (77°F is really warm for the Midwest this time of year, we just came from 40°F).

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*~*  Happy Sewing! *~*



  1. This is so pretty. I bet you will wear it a lot this summer! I hope you won't see anymore cold weather now. I love seeing the countryside in your photos. It reminds me of Germany.

    1. Thanks Shirley! I hope to wear it lots. It's prettier than jeans and a tee, or pajama pants. I'm glad I can remind you of Germany :) It is pretty Wisconsin

  2. I didn't buy this pattern but I may have to now, grr! You look great. It's really flattering on you and you don't look pear like at all--the gathers in the middle are a great idea. Seriously beautiful, love this.

    1. Thanks Angie! I love this pattern, you should try it, plus it's easy to wear!

  3. This is so cute on you!!! I predict a couple more will roll out of your sewing room!


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