Sunday, May 20, 2012

Many More Maxis and 1 Mini

A few weeks ago my sister asked me if I would create her some dresses similar to the ones I posted about earlier. Here are a couple more dresses I recently made.

1. I created a maxi for my sister using my Maxi Dress Pattern but omitted the pockets. This dress is out of a more sheer knit and requires a slip and cami underneath but I loved the color and feel of this knit. I also created a quick fabric belt that she could wrap around this waist but forgot to take pictures of it :( I just used a strip of scrap fabric and 2 D rings to create a quick and easy belt.

2. A pink version of the Here Comes the Sun Dress. After wearing my yellow dress several times I had to fix the ruffle hem because it was not sewn in strong enough to withstand walking, touching the ground, etc. So, lesson learned, this time I sewed in the ruffle using a double needle and then went back over the stitch with a zig zag single needle stitch. I am hoping this allows stretch for walking ease but holds up to walking and repeated washings...I guess I will wait and hear the report from my sister!

2. A non-ruffle version of the Here Comes the Sun Dress. This dress is for me and I decided to not add a ruffle to the bottom but instead create three fabric flowers using the scraps from the tank top. You can either attach the flowers to the belt or tank of the dress for different looks.

4. This is the "mini" dress. It is really not that short but compared to the maxi dress I guess it would be considered mini. I used the same tutorial that I used for the two dresses above but hemmed the skirt at knee length. I then created two small rows of ruffles using the same material as the skirt. I cut strips of one inch material, the width of my fabric and began sewing them together and ruffling them to get strips long enough to wrap around the dress. It took about two strips for each row of ruffles. It is an easy, casual dress for days you want to just throw something on with sandals.

Whew...feels good to check something off the "to sew" list!



  1. Wow! I am so impressed! Great job.

  2. Wow, I love this! I like how the top is conservative on the sheer teal dress. I just made a maxi into a long skirt over the weekend because the top was too small. Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Tatertots & Jello

  3. Really like the maxi dresses - may have to try one myself!

  4. Beautiful dresses! I think the first one is my favorite! Great job! I love checking things off my crafty to do list =)

  5. Those are so cute! Way to remix the pattern. Lovely work. =)
    Kristina J.

  6. I love the black and green dress and we're looking for exactly this as a bridesmaid dress for my wedding in October! Any way you'd sell this one or make another? please email me at thanks

  7. How did you make the fabric flowers? I am making a maxi dress like this tonight but with a shirred empire waistband.

  8. Anonymous...hope you check back, b/c I wasn't able to reply to your comment. Here is a link to how I made the fabric flowers:


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