Hi all, Tasha from Sewn at Seams here sharing my Violet Flounce Dress from Bella Sunshine Designs. This series is called Maxi-mize May but you may have noticed that the Violet Flounce pattern is usually either shirt or knee length. Well, I loved the flounce and two sets of straps, so I requested to make it anyway with the understanding I would be adding length.
The pattern did not disappoint and I can already tell it will get lots of wear. I used a rayon lycra blend so the dress is nice and light and flows when I walk just like a good maxi dress should. To make the pattern work for maxi length, I started grading out about 1 inch below my natural waist. I didn’t want to add volume to the dress as I lengthened it so I kept the grading subtle through the hips and then flared a little more mid thigh to allow for comfortable movement. The only minor change I made to the bodice was to cut the flounce 1.5 inches longer than the original pattern. I think the added length was more flattering with my bust size. I love how my modified Violet Flounce Dress looks at maxi length and it is comfortable worn loose or styled with a belt.
Hello, Heather from All Things Katy! I’m here to show you that even short girls can rock a maxi dress for today’s “Maximize May” feature. I’m only five feet tall but I love to wear maxi dresses!
Maxi dresses can help create long lean lines that elongate my figure (aka, make me look taller!). HOWEVER, I have a really hard time finding ready-to-wear maxi dresses that fit my petite height. So, I sew my own! For a point of reference, I sewed up the Blank Slate Catalina dress in a size small bodice, graded to medium waist and medium skirt, shortened for my height. I used a lightweight poly-spandex fabric. I love the simple, slightly dolman-style bodice (easy-to-sew, no set-in sleeves- woohoo!) and easy-fitting drawstring waist. Plus, let’s not forget the pretty, featured pockets! Love, love, love pockets!
So, even if you’re a short gal like myself, you, too can rock a maxi dress! ;-) Happy sewing!