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The $5 Dress

The weekend before last, my sister-in-law held her wedding reception. I was set on wearing my polka dot Mission Maxi until the day before the party, when I saw an ad for a sequined, racerback dress by Michael Kors…. and I knew I had to make that dress. After searching my local fabric stores for a stretch sequin, I turned up empty handed so I settled for a ‘special occasion fabric’ from Hancock Fabric. While it wasn’t what I really wanted, I couldn’t beat the price: With a (competitor’s) coupon and the special 15% off they tacked onto it for the 4th of July, the grand total for this dress came to a little over $5!

As for the dress itself, the only change I made to the pattern itself was to shorten it up…. substantially. Overall, I’m happy with the end results, but it’s still no substitute to the fabulous Kor’s sequin inspiration. So the real question is, which dress won out for the evening? The polka dot maxi. I’ll save this one for a fun date night.

Mission Maxi Version 2

With one dress under my belt, I went ahead and started a second – this one is all mine! For this dress, I used a fabulous polka dot, jersey print from Needle Nook Fabrics (I liked the way the black ‘dripped’ down into the white). The only alteration I made was taking this dress up 1 1/2 inches. As you might be able to see, it’s still too long – this particular fabric stretches more lengthwise and I’m thinking that between sewing and the weight of the material, the dress could really be taken up again (it’s not bad with heels, though). I’m thinking that I’ll let it hang on a hanger for a few days and see how much more it ‘grows’ before I take it up. Otherwise, this dress is a keeper!

Mission Maxi Version 1

Thanks to a very laid back and quiet Saturday morning, I managed to finish my first version of the Mission Maxi… and I don’t get to keep it. While test fitting the dress, Taylor walked in and liked it so much, she tried it on and we both thought it look better on her than me – so it’s hers. Now that I’ve noted what changes I’d like to make my second time around, I’m ready to start on my polka dot version. Since this is a (fairly) new pattern company and a highly ‘pinned’ pattern, I’m sure you all are ready for a review – so here it is:

Pattern Description: From the pattern: “A soft free flowing maxi dress sewing pattern with plenty of options to choose from: tank top maxi, halter top maxi, and godet back maxi. Views A and B can be made as tank tops too! The pattern booklet includes a glossary of terms, metric conversion chart, and illustrated instructions in color. Full size pattern pieces in sizes 2 to 18 accompany the booklet.”

Pattern Sizing: 2-18, I made a size 10. The finished dress is very fitted, so if you are looking for a looser fitting garment then I would recommend going up a size or two.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, definitely.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I thought so, although this is a fairly straightforward design. There are lots of illustrations that accompany the written directions as well as tips for working with knits on a home sewing machine so this is a good beginner pattern.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I think that this is a great basic pattern (wardrobe builder) than can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric or style you chose. It also sews up easily and quickly.
Dislikes: I’m not particularly fond of how the binding is appliedfinished around the neckline and arms (I’m guessing it’s designed this way so that it’s easier for the beginner to construct this dress and so that the binding works with all dress sizes). However, it doesn’t bother me enough to want to change it for future versions either.

Fabric Used: A stripe rayon jersey from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None, in fact, I didn’t even have to take up the hem on this one (in the photo, the dress hasn’t been hemmed yet).

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes.

Conclusion: A wonderful basic, wardrobe builder pattern!

Mission Maxi

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to scrap the Vogue dress (and save it for a day when I have more time to fix all it’s ‘issues’). Instead, I’m forging ahead on the Mission Maxi pattern that I recently purchased. I’m using a great stripe fabric that I purchased from to start off with – that way I can gauge what changes I might want to make to the finished dress (I know that length will undoubtedly be an issue). My final dress will use the fun black and white polka dot fabric that I mentioned in this post.

Now it’s time to get tracing and start on that dress!

Project Details:

Jamie Christina’s Mission Maxi (view A)

Stripe jersey from

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