I had this amazing striped ITY knit from Fabric Mart in colors that define summer. I figured I had to get a maxi made soon. It was about 65 degrees on Friday with overnight lows in the mid 40s...that's Minneapolis for you! I didn't want to run out of summer :)
I paid $3/yd for the fabric and used all of the 2 yards. The dress wasn't difficult at all to make but was a bit time consuming - mostly because of the open front, making those long hems on front.
The finished garment measurements were kind of wacky...the bodice was meant to be HUGE for some reason. I ended up cutting a small at the bust and waist and grading to a medium at the hip - this was a good idea. The dress fit perfectly.
The adorable shoulder ruching is courtesy of 1/4" elastic and then you need 3/8" elastic for the waist.
LOVE the colors!!
I absolutely had to have this for our trip to Georgia so I was literally sewing the hem as my husband had the boys taking our bags out to the van! :-) I got it done though! The only thing that isn't "finished" is the skirt seams aren't serged. I'll get that done though.
Look at those colors!!
Now, beware - that split is REAL - it is split almost down the center! It crosses over a bit, but not completely. I ended up pinning the bodice and will probably tack it down. That skirt has a real potential to become scandalous. I don't think I"ll make this particular version again - I might make the cross over bodice with the regular skirt - OR - make it a mock wrap. I was holding the skirt shut the entire time I wore it.
The kids are all gone - WOOHOO! I got a little bit of sewing in today - I made a muslin of B5908 and so far, so good. Before taking the rental car back, I went to SR Harris to grab some zippers (I intend to make some makeup bags for my girls) - short (<15") are $0.50 and other zippers are $1.00. you just have to search...
Not a bad haul for $4
And then I got 2 remnants - one is black SILK!!!! So I added 5 yards to my stash but for $10. I am going to challenge myself with both the silk and the chiffon(?) - I love the print.