Added Jan 30, 2011
I recently moved to Australia and fairly quickly figured out I needed a new summer wardrobe (it can get sooooo hot over here). I decided to make a maxi dress, because when you are as tall as I am (1m88 or 6’2’’) you simply can’t buy any long enough in the stores.
For the pattern I traced a dress I already had. The skirt part is just a big rectangle, with shirring in the back. It was the first time I tried shirring and I had some problems with it. Somehow there wasn’t enough tension on the elastic that I wound on the bobbin, so I had to pull the elastic tighter after sewing it. If anyone has any hints on how to get this right, please let me know.
The fabric was from IKEA. I really really tried to avoid going to IKEA AGAIN, but I just really like their big prints and I think big prints really work well on big dresses. Anyhoo, the fabric was on sale, so all in all this dress cost me 7 dollars and 4-5 hours of sewing. Quite a bargain!
Cotton from IKEA
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