Maxi dress hack

Today I like to show you another hack that you can easily make using your favourite top pattern.

As the temperature in London finally is bearable again I have decided to make myself a simple maxi dress from a jersey fabric that I had in my stash. I had purchased this fabric a while ago and had 2 meters, which considering that I’m only 150cm I knew it was a perfect amount.

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I have used once again my trusted Agnes top pattern by Tilly and the buttons and marked the waist line. I like to have a separate pattern for each project to save time in the future, and copied the existing front and back bodice pattern pieces with all necessary notches and grain line marking, up to the waist line and included a 1.5 cm seam allowance.

When you are ready cut and sew the bodice as usual including side and shoulder seams, neck band and sleeves.

Measure the length of the skirt you require starting from waistline and add seam allowance. This is optional and it depends on your style,  but I took the entire width of the fabric to get as much volume while gathering. Stitch together along the salvage. This gives you one seam so it is up to you where you want to place it. Most desired placement would be centre back, however I opted to use it as style feature and created a slit in the front.

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Gathering jersey fabric can be a bit tricky so to make the process easier I recommend using an elastic. First measure your waist and take away about 2 cm, this is the length of the elastic you need to cut. Sew together the ends and divide it in 4 sections. Skirt part also needs to be divided in 4 equal sections. Now pin together the elastic to the skirt part matching each quarter. Using zigzag stitch sew it within seam allowance stretching the elastic to accommodate the excess of the fabric, but do not stretch the fabric.

Now all that needs to be done is attach it to the bodice and finish the hem as normal.

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You can make it sleeveless, play with variety of neck styles or lengths of the dress to create a different garment each time.

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~Enjoy your new maxi dress~

Monika xxx

Lander shorts by True Bias

Yet, one more month has nearly passed this year. I don’t know if this is just me, but I feel like 2018 is going way to quick!!

Enough of complaining Monika, let’s focus on the positive instead.

July’s #sewmystyle2018 gave all participants a choice of making either a Lander pants by True Bias or a Forsythe trousers by Blank Slate Patterns. I chose to sew a pair of Lander shorts, purely because of this hot weather we are having in UK this summer.

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The pattern

Lander shorts or pants comes with a massive front patch pockets, which are amazing and a smaller back pockets, which I decided to omit. The high waisted style of the pants is perfect to wear with tops tucked in and some hills for a going out look, or can be dressed down for more casual look. This is what I like the most about those shorts.

The button fly is a focus fiture of this pattern and is surprising very easy to sew….however my Jenome struggled to make button holes thought so many layers of fabric.

Pattern adjustments

I have made size 16 based on my hip measurements and did not make any major alternation to this pattern.

I followed the instruction as it is, which does help with getting the right fit around hips and waist because you sew the side seams once button fly and crouch seam is completed. The pattern includes a wide side seam allowance of 1 inch to give room for a better fit. This in theory is  a great idea, however I have realised that the crouch seam at the front is too long for me, so I ended up with an excess of fabric. It does not bother me that much, but I would alter it when making a full length pants version.

Saying that, I still lowered the waist all around by 1.5 cm, because the waist band was sitting way to high on me.

I am not sure if this is due to my fabric choice – stretch cotton, but I had to take in the side seam by 2 cm on each side too.

Final thoughts

Overall I really like this pattern and I’m not surprised why it is so popular among the sewing community, however I would prefer for the waistband to be curved and not straight, as it better hugs the body.

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~what are your thoughts on Landers?~

Monika xxx