Out of the blue, one day Maya asked for a “long dress that goes to the floor”. So I went on a search for a maxi dress. I have several, but they use at least 2.5 yards of fabric. As you may recall, I am trying really hard to use the fabric I have sitting on my shelves. I don’t have more than 2 yards of many. So I had to find a pattern that only uses 2 yards. My search led me to one of my favourite designers, Boo! Designs.
This is the Shirred Dress pattern. It can be made in a top, dress or maxi dress length. Perfect!
This was such a simple dress to put together. It has a separate bodice piece and cute flutter sleeves. Like the Grace top I posted about here, I decided to line the flutters instead of doing a rolled hem. Pure laziness, really. But I like them better this way. One thing I must add is that I ended up shortening the straps a bit. She wore the dress a couple of times and I really didn’t like how low it went so I just folded it over a bit and stitched it in place. These photos were taken after I shortened the straps.
Some days I LOVE my sewing room. I have a nice big table, decent floor space, nice shelves to hold all my fabric and a great desk for my sewing machines. Other days, like when trying to cut fabric for a maxi dress, I wish I had more space. But alas, the fabric got cut and I “think” it was pretty straight.
The bodice of the dress is shirred, so there are no closures whatsoever. There’s also no difference between front and back, so Maya can easily dress herself without her having to worry about putting the “tag at the back”. Bonus.
If you’ve never tried shirring before, the instructions are great. They really walk you through every part of it. This was my second time shirring. The first was on this dress, also by Boo! Designs and also one of Maya’s favourites (quite possibly still her favourite).
At first I was a little worried my little girl would be lost in all the fabric. But that is not the case at all.
She can even twirl! (Of course she wouldn’t actually twirl for a photo because, well she’s 4. Enough said.)
This is a size 4. The fabric I used was “Aflutter” from Michael Miller’s “Emma’s Garden” line. Next time I think I will make the straps a tad bit shorter, the dress is quite heavy with all the fabric and pulls it down a bit. The only modification I made was to use the width of the fabric for each the front and the back. As you may recall, Maya is on a “twirl” kick, so the more it can twirl, the better. And there less wasted fabric this way too. Win, win!