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Coral Maxi

Added Aug 12, 2014

by hanolalaith

Columbus, Ohio, ...






I created this coral colored maxi dress for summer. I’m a curvy girl, with short legs, so maxi dresses are nearly impossible to find in stores. Making this one was fun, and allowed me to try out a couple of new techniques. It’s an incredibly comfortable, wearable dress. I may well make many more!

-I omitted the bands around the arm holes and neckline, mostly because I could not figure out how they were supposed to work in the pattern.
-The neck was huge, so I made some alterations on the flat pattern, for a better fit. The original bad fit may have been a result of my not understanding the neck bands…
- The two layers of the bodice were sewn right sides facing, and turned. I edge stitched it for a nicer finish.
- Because this fabric had quite a bit of body, despite being very lightweight, I omitted the lining on the skirt entirely.

Material Notes

Cotton batiste, from Mood Fabrics: http://www.moodfabrics.com/famous-designer-hibiscus-cotton-batiste-304569.html
Covered buttons
Elastic thread for shirring



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Romantic
Cotton, Eyelet, Linen, Shirting

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  • Jo-rosa_large

    Aug 19, 2014, 09.56 PMby Denatalicious

    It looks cute and if you say it’s comfy and weareable, it encourages me to make it (it cought my eye when I first saw it in the magazine, but I never tried to make it…)

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      Aug 25, 2014, 07.06 PMby hanolalaith

      Definitely do! I’m not much of a dress wearer, but it’s easy to make an exception for this one.

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    Aug 19, 2014, 01.35 PMby sewing fanatic

    great work on this

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    Aug 19, 2014, 01.13 PMby lomarilou

    Thank you! Forgot to mention that you did a great job! I really like the color of the fabric you chose! Well done!

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    Aug 13, 2014, 02.22 PMby lomarilou

    Which pattern did you use?

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      Aug 13, 2014, 04.26 PMby hanolalaith

      The Smocked Maxi 04/2013. I added it to the project description, as well.

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