Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Geometric Maxi Dress


Here's a photo of me looking slightly unimpressed. But more importantly here is a photo of me wearing a maxi dress I made!

It's based on the same free pattern I used to make my Piperlime.com Knockoff Dress.

The bodice is really quite easy to put together.


Cut out your pieces and sew them together.


Pin your interfacing on the right side and sew it up.


Sew the front bodice pieces to the back bodice pieces. For the bottom part of the dress - draft a size and length you want from your measurements. Sew up the centre back seam on the back piece - which will later match up with your bodice pieces to sew in your zipper. Sew the front and back pieces together. Sew the bottom piece to the bodice piece. Insert zipper. Hem.

As it happens it was at this point I put it on and hated it on first sight. So it sat sadly on my dress form for a week.


See how sad it looks? Sad.

In the end I found myself going on a spontaneous date with Boyfriend to Newtown to see The Artist and for some reason this was just the perfect dress to wear.


And now I love it!

20 comments:

  1. I think you used the print at its full potential, and the dress looks great on you!
    It often happens to me as well, when I have almost finished a garment, I seem to loose all the exciment I had before starting it. I guess exhaustion plays a big part in it, because after a few days and or a few times I wear it, we become friends again!

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    1. Thanks!
      Hooray, it's not just me that does this!

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  2. i love this dress!!! i saw it on burda and decided to check out your blog. FUN FUN FUN!! :) The dress looks great on you--thanks for inspiring me to get my rear in gear!

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  3. Thanks Elizabeth! So glad that it inspires you - go create!

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  4. Oooo i love this dress. You have inspired me! My problem when i've made something is that i find it makes me look enormous ... then i loose heart ... but yours is amazing! Im off to look at your pattern! Thanks for sharing your fab work ... PS where did you get your dress form? Did you dive in and spend lots of money?

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    1. Thank you! I got my dress form when it was on special in an Australian craft store called Lincraft. It's been great to have it to work off.

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  5. Wow you're amazing!
    I am definitely inspired
    :)
    THanks!
    but first, coffee

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  6. Is there a way to make this with jersey fabric?? I love the style, just want it more flowy with jersey!

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    1. You could totally make a great dress like this with jersey but I wouldn't use this pattern. Unless you're good at DIY and can copy the top of a singlet/tank top and attach that to a straight skirt maybe? You might just have to work out the stretch of the fabric first? Hope that helps.

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  7. I found this dress on burdastyle and popped over to take a better look. This is my absolute favourite pattern - not only because it's free but because it is so simple and easy to follow. The only dress making fabric I have in my stash at the moment is chiffon and I'm very inspired by your maxi to give a chiffon maxi ago, not that I'll have anywhere to wear it. Also it's freezing in Melbourne so I won't be able to wear it out. I love the fabric and how you've pieced the fabric together.

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    1. Thanks for popping over! I think it would look stunning in chiffon but I'm not quite savvy enough to sew with chiffon yet. I say make it and find an excuse to wear it somewhere! Maybe with a nice coat/cape for winter cocktails somewhere? Good luck if you attempt it!

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  8. LOOKS FANTASTIC!!!
    Any pointers as to how to ensure it's fit, while sewing it without a dressmakers form?

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  9. Thanks!
    I guess you just need to make a really accurate muslin first and try it on as you go.

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  10. What kind of fabric did you use for this? I found this on pinterest and am planning on making it:)

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    1. I think it was a Crepe de Chine (maybe?) about the weight of satin but not as slippery and shiny.
      Although I think it would work in a lot of lightweight woven fabrics.

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  11. I love this. The bodice is fantastic!

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  12. This is beautiful & you look amazing in it! I seen your post here several days ago & have been trying to download that pattern for days now! I am able to click the "get it now" or whatever & it gives me the PDF file with instructions & photos, but never a pattern! Upon looking at the comments on the page of it, I see tons of others having the same problem. I even tried "download all instructions" and still, no pattern is in those instructions in the PDF. I hate to come to you bugging you about it, but nobody ever responded to the other's asking about this problem on the page at BurdaStyle, so I thought you might be able to help. Any idea what we're doing wrong? I just want that pattern so badly. Lol. I have had fabric for months that I've been wanting to use to make a dress with that exact type of top, but never could find a pattern that I liked enough & now I have! It's killing me not being able to get the pattern to work for me.

    Well, thanks in advance if you can help any. Maybe we're clicking the wrong thing? I've downloaded 6 different times & the pattern to print never shows up in the file. :(

    Well, thanks for sharing in this post too! The lovely look of this on you is what made me decide it'd be perfect to sew. :)

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  13. I think it's really awesome!

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