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Madrid Maxi Dress


Did you ever stay away from a certain type of garment because you believed it wouldn’t suit you well? I used to stay away from maxi dresses as I was convinced it wouldn’t look good on me given my height (or lack of it), until last year when I did one to wear for a wedding and actually liked it. So, this year, I thought it was about time I tried to make a more casual one and I am glad I did.

I recently made the Madrid dress in midi length and was very pleased with how it turned out so, for that reason, I thought that pattern would make a good start for what I had in mind, a breezy summer dress. Now, if there is a fabric that comes to my mind when I think about summer, that is broderie anglaise. For that reason, when I saw the Embroidered Cotton Fabric, I immediately pictured a summer maxi dress…

As I mentioned previously, I had made this pattern before so, I knew what I needed to change. Nothing major really, but helped improving the fitting on my own body and achieve what I was looking for. To start I traced a size 2 and made the alterations next. First, I took 1 centimetre from the armhole at the shoulder. I did this because the pattern was designed for sleeves and from my previous version, I realised it would look better with this small alteration.

The next changes were only made due to my body measurements. I took 1,5 centimetres from the bodice length and 4,5 centimetres from the bottom tier. I wanted to wear the dress with these clogs so I only took those 4,5 centimetres after finishing it but before hemming and after I tried it on with the clogs, to make sure it had the desired length.

The last change was adding a ruffle instead of a sleeve. This is a very easy pattern piece to make but I was running out of time and had one ready from a different dress (the SewOverIt Ultimate Shift Dress) that I knew it would work well so, I used it and finished the armhole with bias binding. It turned out as I had in mind and no further alterations were made.

As for the fabric it was good to work with and even inserting the invisible zipper went well. I’ve had a bit of a hard time inserting invisible zippers in broderie anglaise fabric previously but this time everything went smoothly. I believe hand basting the zipper was a big help and although you can’t see from the photos, the seams match perfectly. Like my girls like to say, it’s so satisfying!

By the time I am writing this post I have used the dress a few times and can tell you more about it. It is lovely to wear even during hot days and being cotton makes it breathable and perfect for summer. I wear it with a slip under but that is merely personal preference.

Honestly, I am so very pleased with this dress. It was good to work with, even with all the gathering (there was a lot of it!) it was a relatively fast project and it is great to wear. My only regret is not having made maxi dresses before.

Many thanks Minerva for the lovely fabric for this project and to you for reading.

Happy sewing,

Maria x


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Gail Preston said:

Hiya, I love this dress. Please could you post a link to the pattern? Thank you so much · 1st Sep 2019 07:47pm