My friend wanted me to make her a maxi dress. She's 5'2'' and all the ones she likes are always too long. Although I wanted to make a woven style dress, I couldn't find the fabric I wanted. And you have to let the fabric speak to you.
When I saw this fabric at GorgeousFabrics.com, speak it did. And when I received, I loved it even more. It's the softest, most vibrant rayon jersey. I LOVE it! Combined with Simplicity 3503, it made an awesome maxi dress. I made view C, the halter maxi.
(Doesn't my friend look great)
In case you're wondering how the lining looks, here you go. Note, there is no lining piece for the back bodice b/c the elastic casing.
This is a great pattern. It's easy to sew and the results look amazing. I definitely have to recommend this pattern
My only gripe is all the bulk. There is a LOT of bulk in this pattern. For example, the front bodice and lining bodice has pleats, and you sew a 2 layer strap in between that. I had to break out my hammer and do a lot of steaming. But in the end it looks good. I would recommend taking the pleats out of the lining bodice and making a separate pattern piece. I didn't b/c I was being lazy. Bad, I know.
I took the advice on a lot of reviews from PR about the back. I cut the back bodice and midriff a size smaller, and the elastic 2 sizes smaller. I also self lined the dress due to the recommendation of reviewers. But also b/c this jersey is sooo soft, you want that against your skin.
Oh, and I eliminated the pockets. My jersey was thin and they messed up the line of the dress. so yes, I put them in, and then had to take them out.
I used a border print so I had it took me awhile to decide how I wanted to use it. But I like the end result of how I worked with the pattern. It did take of fabric- I ended up using all 3 yrds I purchased. Plus there is a lot of matching so I had to take extra care with cutting.
Side seam matching:
Definitely a must sew! I want one for myself. And I want more of this fabric, lol.