i had it in my head that i wanted to make this exact dress, and it was driving me bonkers that i couldn’t find the time to get it done earlier in the summer! but finally, with a labor day vacation to central oregon looming, i got it made.
the pattern is jamie christina’s mission maxi view A, a dress i’ve seen lots of gals make (my all-time favorite is Kelli’s tie dye version). i bought the paper pattern at Bolt, which was a good decision (vs PDF) because the two pattern pieces were so big, i had to move to my living room floor just to trace my size!
i ended up tracing it onto good ol’ freezer paper because i didn’t want to burn through my precious swedish tracing paper. it worked great for lining up the print and i ironed the freezer paper to my fabric before cutting.
the fabric is desert blanket KNIT, a print from April Rhodes’ Arizona line for art gallery fabrics. the fabric is from my sponsor LiMa Sews. i’m so in favor of fabric companies printing on knit these days! i had never felt AGF’s knit and there’s so much more variability in knits than any other substrate, so i was really curious to get my hands on some. turns out it’s very nice – not too thin, not too thick. the colors are vibrant, it has nice recovery, and enough body not to slink around and frustrate you while sewing. it’s 95% cotton 5% spandex, which makes it perfect for apparel.
honestly though, despite just two pattern pieces (plus binding) it took me about 45 minutes just to place my pattern exactly how i wanted it. you see, though the print is super great and interesting, the repetitive pink circular designs also have a high potential to place…“targets”…on certain parts of the body that i didn’t necessarily want to be targeted, ifyouknowwhatimean. i was also worried about side pattern matching on a pattern meant to hug curves. i think it all worked pretty well, although it turns out i still ended up with less-noticeable-but-still-there-arrows-to-the-boob targets. haha. unavoidable i guess! 😉
speaking of, this dress is nursing friendly! yay for that! i plan on wearing it with a cardigan pretty much all the time, but it’s also a fantastic swim coverup. it’s a form fitting design, though, and i made it even more so because there were jodhpur-esque bump outs in the upper thigh area that i had to slim down. the fit is spot on elsewhere, so i guess i’m just a bit less hourglass-y than the pattern expected me to be.
i left the dress unhemmed as suggested in the pattern, and trimmed off about an inch from the bottom after trying it on to get the perfect length (i’m 5’4”).
the pattern was really nicely put-together, the knit sewed up great, and aside from a few places where i missed the binding while topstitching and had to hand-sew it down on the inside, was a frustration-free sew! i’m happy to have this dress in my closet and happy to have the pattern in my stash, too. the pattern even has a cutting line for a tank top (i wear tanks daily)! only issue is it’s got a racerback which causes normal bra strap visibility problems…i wonder if i could alter that a bit though? seems easy enough.
sorry, no good back photos to show ya. best i can do is a side view. the fit up top is really nice, i’m so happy with it! neckline is great (i raised it about 1/2″ but i’m not sure i needed to), armholes are the perfect depth, it just worked really well. phew!
anyway there ya go. a sneaky end-of-summer maxi dress. i’ll thank myself for this one next june/july.
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P.S. i received the fabric for free from my sponsor LiMa Sews. she’s pretty awesome.
P.P.S. thanks once again to my husband for the photos!