This was one of my challenges for the Sew Weekly, back in 2012. Since I never blogged about it here, I thought I’d share it with you. During that year I made 52 garments, one for each week of the year! I can’t believe I managed that while I was still working full time. Crazy, huh?
Fabric: Cotton Big Print Floral! What a find!
Pattern: Simplicity 2582
Notions: self-made piping, invisible zipper
Time to complete: One hour to cut and a few hours to sew
First worn: June 20,2012, while house-sitting for my daughter
Wear again? I have only worn it for pictures, but I should just wear it anytime because I really love it!
Total price: $18.00
My first Maxi dress since the 70′s? Yes, friends, I am completely in awe of all of the sewing I have done during my lifetime. This has been a great adventure and a personal accomplishment to make so many unique and personal outfits. I’m having “sew” much fun too!
I can’t believe I made a maxi dress, and I’m so pleased with it.
I found this uniquely printed fabric at Beverly’s the other week. They were having a 50% off sale on a whole row of $10.00-$12.00 a yard fabric. It was really hard to choose, but finally I decided on this fabric and another piece for next week’s dress. It wasn’t until I got home and examined the floral fabric that I realized that it was printed on the cross-grain and so that’s the way I cut it. Deciding on a pattern was easy. I couldn’t sacrifice any part of the growing flower steams or flower tops so it had to be a maxi. I carefully cut the front so that the big daisy would not be dead center, and then I cut the bodice so that it would be mostly plain. I do like how the daisy flower ended up going around the armhole on one side. It was not possible to match the pattern on the sides or down the back seam, but I don’t think anyone would shake their finger at that. I added some self-made piping around the bodice to add more detail.
Here is a detail of the back bodice.
I’m planning a random giveaway of few handmade items in appreciation for my bloggy readers when I reach 350 followers (only 5 more to go!) or when I write my 400th post, which ever comes first, so follow me if you don’t all ready! Oh and I have new items in my store. Stop in and envy me!