First off just a reminder that we will be printing and assembling our pattern on Thursday for the sew along so make sure you have your fabric. I have had some concerns about not finding the right color of bias tape so I will also show you how to make your own bias tape during the sew along, you don’t need any extra fabric if you don’t mind piecing your tape so a few seams show. That is actually what I did with my navy top. Moving on….
This weekend I finished a quick knit maxi dress, yay! I have never made a maxi dress before because as you know I live in Montana and am therefore a couple of years behind on the trends. I got this pattern simplicity 3503 from Toy, who by the way has a great blog.
This pattern was super easy to sew up, it took me maybe two hours with lots of help from Roberto the serger. I used a knit rayon I bought at fabric.com last year. On a side note I am so afraid of buying fabric online. I like this dress, but the fabric is so sheer, I had to completely line the whole skirt. The fabric also rolled like crazy on all the cut edges making it a big pain to work with. I bought four different cuts of this pattern in different patterns so now I have to decide if I want to deal with the pain of working with it, or get rid of it and lose some money :(. Anyway, I do really like this dress and the thin fabric will be nice if we ever get warm weather around here… which brings me to the naming of this dress. The Languishing Dress, is so-called because it just makes me want to languish when I wear it, mostly because it is so long, but also because of the drapey fabric.
Can’t you see me languishing away, with my old-fashioned coloring, while I wait for my lost love to return from sea… Ha, you all are lucky I didn’t have a settee to languish on or I would have gone nuts with the pictures. Really though I call this the languishing dress because it will probably languish in my closet for another month or so while I wait for good weather, it was 40 degrees when I took this pic. Here is the real coloring
Look pockets! I shouldn’t get so excited for a dress pattern with pockets since it really isn’t that hard to add pockets to any dress, but this just made me happy. If you do make this pattern read the pattern review website on it. Everyone recommended making a smaller size so I made the 8, adding 1/2 in to the bottom of the bodice, and it fit perfect.