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:

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

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  2. Gorgeous Maxi and really like the neckline.

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  3. Very pretty! That fabric is gorgeous.

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

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

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  6. 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!

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  7. 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.

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

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  9. 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

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  10. it looks amazing, the print is so beautiful as well

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. Another winner. The necklace is a perfect addition.

    Trudy
    www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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

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

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  16. Nice maxi dress! I really need to make one!

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

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  18. Perfect maxi! The fabric looks nice and cool.

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

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  20. 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.

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

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  22. Beautiful and the necklace is just perfect.

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  23. 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

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

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

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

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  26. 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

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  27. What a gorgeosu dress! The fabric is beautiful!

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