My First Maxi Dress

Just in time for the weekend, my maxi dress is finally finished! Since I skipped inserting the zipper, the last few steps of gathering, attaching, and hemming the skirt was very easy. The only change I wish I would have made to this design is taking in the underarms a bit – I think there’s just a bit too much material there (I’m thinking that this is just a new alteration that I’m going to have to keep in mind, since this seems to be a problem in several patterns recently)
So, what are my thoughts on this dress? First off, it’s another winner from Burda – it’s stylish, the fit is good, and it came together easily. Secondly, I’m glad I skipped the zip…. it’s really not necessary if you use a fabric with enough stretch and recovery. However, I am being very careful when I put it on just to make sure that I don’t pop any stitches, just in case! Lastly, be sure to chose you fabric wisely. Thin cottons or jerseys will look best with this design – anything too hefty will bulk up in areas (remember there’s lots of gathers around the bust and waistlines) and won’t give a flattering drape.

21 thoughts on “My First Maxi Dress

  1. Jacqui

    Very cute! I actually found this same design on a 70’s pattern at the thrift store yesterday but for a woven. I immediately thought of your dress. =)

  2. Mary

    Gorgeous Stacy! Thanks for the tips. I woke up this morning with renewed motivation to sew mine up today…right after I get home from work! Tom is on duty today, so if I have to stay up til midnight to do it, so be it! Thanks for leading the way!

  3. bernadette

    Great picks for fabric and style! It is perfect on you.
    I am seeing more maxi dresses worn for daytime (leisure -not work, LOL), even here in conservative DC area. All ages too! Here, and in Chicago, solid colors and ombre outnumber the fun prints. City thing.

  4. Lisa

    Love the dress! You did an awesome job, just like always. I am trying out the halter top from the same month before starting this one.

  5. Mary

    My maxi is done Stacy!!! I don’t think it looks as good as yours, but I think it is because of all the modifications I made and my fabric choice. I will do pictures and a post tonight when I get home from work!

  6. suzanne

    You go “Pucci-girl”….you look good in that print!…..Emilio would be so proud 🙂

  7. suzanne

    btw…from a distance the pattern on the dress looks like “S’s”….for “Stacy” of course 🙂

  8. Linda L

    Cute maxi dress! I had one of these “back in the day”-’70’s. I loved that dress. I no longer look like I did-body shape-so I am staying away from them. You can definitely wear it well.

  9. Ruanda

    Stunning dress!
    Where can I get the pattern for this dress (I live in Australia and have been looking everywhere for a nice pattern…but to no avail).

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