Have you ever fallen in love with a fabric at first sight? Online? Online fabric shopping can be fraught with the same challenges of online dating; will they look like they do on the profile picture? Will I like them? Will they like me? We are taught to be prudent in our expectations of online things (hence the disclaimers about how screen resolutions are different etc). But once in a blue moon your heart stops as you click on a fabric that utterly bewitches you. You zoom in on it and you are a goner – this is what happened with me and this Lady McElroy Fabric. I was like a kid waiting for a present to arrive – each day I had to wait for the delivery was agony. And it arrive it did! In all its splendour! Even better than what I had imagined in my head. The texture of the cotton lawn is beyond crisp with a light airiness that feels like it will lift off and float yet still made of a strong weave that sews and irons beautifully.

It was almost painful to have to cut into this splendiferous fabric (and yes I am over the top waxing lyrical because I love this fabric so much!) but I knew it would make a magnificent maxi dress. I couldn’t wait until summer to make this dress. Cotton lawn is a fabric usually suited to warmer months but no way was I waiting for that. I was making it and I’d figure out how to wear it along the way. Which leads us to………..

How to Wear a Maxi Dress in Winter?

Wear a long sleeved wool jersey roll neck top underneath and thick tights (because a maxi dress is long and breezy you can have very heavy tights or even leggings ?. You’re welcome!

Kate and Rose Giselle Dress pattern is drafted to be a loose fitting empire waist dress with 2 variations. I made view B bodice but used the skirt for View A. It doesn’t have pockets so I drafted some pockets to go in the side seams. But to give them more support I drafted them so the top part of the pocket is sewn on the waist.

Cutting out and taping the pattern was straight forward. I cut out a size small, basted the bodice empire bust line was 1.5” too high for my personal taste. In order to lower the bust line I lengthened the bodice piece by 1.5 inches – that did it! Always make a toile!

The major struggle I had was with the gathering on the skirt. Since I wanted a full skirt there was a lot of fabric there and I am just not good with gathers! There I said it….(feel so much better now). That aside I would say this is an easy to make dress. I finished in 2 sittings, all in all it took me about 4 hours total which isn’t bad IMHO. It’s so easy to finish since it doesn’t have any zips or buttons and buttonholes.

Giselle will take care of your daytime wardrobe with this seventies inspired maxi dress – it is comfortable and fabulous all at once. The belt ties are a genius way of ensuring a lovely fit – I made mine extra long so I could have long loops when I tied them up. Ahh the joys of making your own clothes!

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Hila