Added May 10, 2011
San Jose, Califo...
I saw Angelina Jolie wearing this Maxi dress during her maternity month and I want it! So I decided to make one — it is probably tons cheaper than hers!
I decided to use the Tara pattern from Burdastyle for the top portion. But for some reason, when I was making the top part, I didnt want too much cleavage showing. I had made a cute, and wearable for maternity Tara last summer and sometimes I wish the top is slightly more modest. So I kind of changed the front two “bra” pieces into a single slightly heart lined one piece. Then I attached straps with bra rings adjusts so that I can adjust the length depending on my boob size.
After the top, it is just all rectangles! I had to do some math here since I had JUST enough fabric to finish this floor length dress. I liked the proportions of the 3 chunks on Angelina’s dress. I think the proportions are about 8:5:3. The upper chunk looks about equal to the total of the lower two chunks, and the middle chunk is almost twice the lower chunk.
I measured my height from bust to floor, assuming I would be wearing flats with this dress. It is about 40 inches. So my upper chunk would be 20 inches. And I had this border embroidered fabric. The borders were about 7 inches, perfect for lower chunk. This leaves about 13 inches for the middle chunk.
I also wanted to make sure that the width of each chunk is 1:2:4. So each chunk would be twice as much volume as its previous chunk.
So with those constraints, I solved an x y equation, and successfully managed to use all the fabric without any waste! I was going to bore you with the xy equation, but i just dont have the heart I just think its cool when you can use math during sewing!
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