Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Maxi in V8380

V8380



Sunday evening I spent about two hours sewing V8380. Maxi/day dresses are very trendy. This will be the second I've made this season. Almost any dress pattern can be morphed into a maxi dress.

I really like the neckline of this dress. This version is made out of a linen blend from Vogue Fabrics on Roosevelt. On the pattern, the hemline is just below the knee. I extended the hemline to make my version a maxi.

This pattern has been in my collection for about three years. When I pulled out the contents of the envelope, I was surprised I had already cut the pattern at size 12. Obviously I was planning to make this a few years old and a few pounds lighter. So I had to scale it up to a size 14. Other adjustments were: FBA, swayback, and I made my first version into a maxi dress.

Side gathering for FBA - I added about 1 1/2 inches to the front bodice (FBA). Shown here is gathering at the side before joining the front and back. I've seen this in the "design" on a BWOF top.





The pattern included pieces for front and back facings at the armhole. I decided to line the bodice.



The necklace seen is over 20 years old. I'm glad I keep it.


Full Front View


Full Back View



That's it.

Happy Sewing!
C

29 comments:

Lindsay T said...

I love it! You see maxi dresses everywhere in NYC these days. Great fabric print.

Sheila said...

Gorgeous Maxi and really like the neckline.

Amy said...

Very pretty! That fabric is gorgeous.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Lovely, lovely dress! Great idea to just lengthen a dress you already have.

Aminat said...

Lovely and gorgeous, I love the fabric, and the style...Lovely

Toocutedobs said...

Pretty!

Cindy said...

I love this dress! The maxi dress was/is on my summer list! I adore the fabric with the pattern!!

As things slow down, I am definitely joining Haute Couture of Chicago this fall. Can't wait to meet you!

Eugenia said...

Gorgeous dress - that neckline is really nice. I love maxi dresses - what a great idea to lengthen a pattern that you already have and like.

Tanya said...

That dress is gorgeous, you have to post a pic wearing it.

Cennetta said...

Thanks, Ladies.
Cindy - Please, please do join. It will be so fun.

Tanya - I surely will post a picture of me wearing my new maxi.
C

toy said...

it looks amazing, the print is so beautiful as well

Carol said...

I love this fabric! You're lucky to be tall. I feel silly in maxi dresses.

sdBev said...

This is truly beautiful and the necklace is perfect. It's true, some of our accessories go in and out of style but are essentially timeless.

Trudy Callan said...

Another winner. The necklace is a perfect addition.

Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

Shari said...

Great maxi dress!I have this patterns also. Now I can't wait to sew it up after seeing how beautifuly yours turned out.

Angela said...

Great maxi dress! I love the print and I think you'll look lovely in it!

b4thedoor.com said...

Nice maxi dress! I really need to make one!

Elaray said...

Great dress! You seem to find the best looking prints. I have to start shopping with you!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Perfect maxi! The fabric looks nice and cool.

NuJoi said...

Very cute. Cool for this 100-degree heat we're having.

Gail said...

This is the maxi for a mature woman. Great idea to line the bodice. I almost always line now rather than face. I don't like the bulk facings create.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I love it too :) The fabric is perfect and it is a very lovely looking dress!

Barbara said...

Beautiful and the necklace is just perfect.

kathy said...

Love this dress. So you did a FBA by adding 1 1/2 inches in length and then gathering it at the side seam? I am a work in progress seamstress and trying to understand how to do the FBA on various patterns. Last time I sewed for me was probably 20 years ago and didn't need a FBA. lol

Summerset said...

Fab! I'd never guess the age of the necklace, either.

Jenni said...

Love the dress! The fabric is really lovely, too.

It's winter in Australia and I'm longing to sew a summer frock!

Adrienne said...

Very pretty!

Cennetta said...

Thanks everyone!
Kathy - I added to the length of the bodice for this particular dress. I forgot to say that I added about 1/2 inch to the side at the under armhole tapering back to size 14.

Thanks,
C

Tany said...

What a gorgeosu dress! The fabric is beautiful!

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