July 1, 2011
And it's my first maxi dress I've owned, let alone made and it is oh so comfy! I can see why people love this style for summer - breezy, light and you get the benefit of wearing a skirt without having to worry about shaving your legs. ;)
I changed the original pattern (Butterick 5489) by adding elastic at the waist (elastic which I salvaged from an old fitted sheet - yay recycling!) and lengthening the bodice by an inch (the pattern is cut to be slightly higher than your natural waist).
What's worse is that Butterick only sells their patterns in two size packets - 6 to 12 and 14 to 20. So that means I don't have a size twelve to cut from. Sure I could size my 14 down but I'm too lazy for that. ;)
I like Simplicity because they have a packet that includes both 12 and 14 in one so I can choose at the last minute what size I want to use.
I also used different trim from my inspiration. I bought this cool purple-y and green trim at a local sewing store. I really like it and as a bonus it is straight which makes it easy to machine stitch in place.
Also, I bought new sunglasses (they're wooden!) which work great because you can't see me squinting in the morning sun. I really need to find a new place to take pictures but there's no good spot in my house. At least not a clean spot...