Hi everyone, it’s Brooke from idlesunshine and today I am sharing my George & Ginger Pattern Co. Daydream Dress for Maxi-mize May! We discovered a lot of our Pattern Revolution team are big fans of the Maxi dress style. With so many PDF patterns available, we set out to find a style to suit everyone!
I loved the recently released George & Ginger Daydream Dress when I saw the tester pictures in promotion. I haven’t worn this style before, but I had to give it a try! I knew with my short waist I would have to raise the waistline but I hoped the dress would work for me with this small change.
I decided to use a bold printed knit fabric, as I thought that would be flattering (as opposed to a small print) and I mostly just loved this mix of colours! I lined the bodice with white cotton lycra as the knit I used was quite slinky, and I thought a little stability might work well.
I took an inch and a half off the bodice length and added a few inches back to the skirt length to compensate for what I had taken off (and for my height.) That’s the beauty of making your own clothes! I love the finished product and can’t wait to have an occasion to wear it out! I plan on making a few versions in a knee length skirt too now, I just love it!
Hey y’all. Jackie here. When you’re 6 feet tall with a 36” inseam, store bought maxi dresses or skirts are more midi length rather than true maxi length. In order to get a true maxi dress, I’ve been sewing my own for decades (*gasp*). I’ve been eyeing the Spellbound by Pattern Emporium since its release. It’s got everything that makes my inner child swoon - a big swishy skirt, a beautiful neckline options, hemlines based on height, several sleeve options (and I hear rumors of more sleeve options to come).... My list goes on. Let’s just say that when the Pattern Revolution team started discussing Maximize May, I was jumping up and down to make the Spellbound!
I love it so much I made two, plus my muslin. The first maxi version, I made a scoop neck with capped sleeves from a very drapey soft knit. I added 5 inches to the length of the maxi since I’m 5 inches taller than the pattern is drafted for, but the fabric had so much stretch and weight that I wound up cutting off 4 of those inches. I seriously stood and twirled in my living room like a little girl! And I just can't get over how beautifully it swishes when I walk!
The second maxi I made as an impulse sew. I loved the first maxi so much that I wanted to wear another one the following day. So I cut and sewed a new one in just over an hour. My second one is a sleeveless version in an athletic knit so it drapes and stretches differently than my first. Thankfully, I cut it with all of the extra inches I originally added to the hemline. As further evidence of how fabric choice affects fit, where the first one hugged my body, this one skims away. I didn’t change anything on the pattern between sews.
I’ve enjoyed sharing my maxi’s with you today. I hope you find a maxi to love too!