Friday, August 12, 2011

Finally! Maxi Dress Pattern is here!

Giveaway for my new pattern!  5 patterns will be given away!
Winners randomly selected from the first 50 comments on this post (assuming we ever get to 50).
Giveaway closed and winners have been emailed with their free patterns.
Thanks everyone who entered and I'm drooling over all the food.  Impressed so much is healthy...I have a sweet tooth.  I made a butter lemon cake last night and it was so ugly I had to drizzle a ton of white chocolate all over it so I could take it to the event where I was assigned to bring a dessert.  Apparently they could see the ugly through the white chocolate, because I had 3/4 to bring home!  
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I've finished the full print-at-home sewing pattern for the maxi dress I originally made from a vintage yellow sheet.  In case you can't find a vintage sheet you like, or if the idea of wearing someone's old sheets grosses you out, I also included yardage needed to make the dress from fabric yardage.



My tween nieces were visiting as I was drafting up the pattern and I used them as experiments as I was tweaking the pattern to fit different sizes. Being only 13, they requested if their dresses could be shorter, so I included directions for shorter skirt lengths, even though it isn't really a maxi dress anymore.



I also made a variation for the pattern to have a contrasting waist.  I chose to make the neckline the contrasting plum also.

My other niece chose this white cotton print out of my stash.  We planned to make her waist band a coordinating color from the print, but she couldn't decide.  Her indecision gave me the idea to have interchangeable waistband belts to change for different looks and accessories.  

One dress with three different looks.

The pattern includes all the pattern pieces and instructions with step by step photographs, along with tips on shirring and making your own bias tape.
 

These dresses have become my favorite for summer.


Due to all the work in having five sizes, with torso circumference, bust, and height being separate factors in the   pattern design, this pattern is $6.00.  I also included tips and variations to have room for your own creativity!

68 comments:

  1. I love it! So versatile. You do amazing things. Thank you.

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  2. Cute! I have been wanting to try my hand at clothes for myself:)

    benldlw@yahoo.com

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  3. This is such a versatile pattern! LOVE!!!

    magowank at gmail dot com

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  4. I love that you can customize it with just a different waistband. Super cute!

    Tristan
    jevousaime03@yahoo.com

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  5. <3! love it! <3!

    aimee99615 at hotmail.com

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  6. SO happy to have a pattern! I have had my sheet for weeks...just waiting to work up the nerve to cut into it.

    Now, I'll have a pattern to work from. :)

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  7. Looks good, would love to try it!

    clairebearsutherland@hotmail.co.uk

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  8. Great dress and wonderful design! I would love to try it.

    Botsay1975@juno.com

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  10. How very generous! Your patterns are lovely.

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  11. I am not a sewer but I LOVE this dress and would love to make one, or two, or ten, depending on how quickly I can learn to sew correctly, haha As far as my fav food, I am easily content with chocolate, but I have a homemade brownie mix that we made for my son's first day of school, and I think I loved them a little too much :) thanks for the giveaway!

    peachykellie at gmail dot com

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  14. yay I'm in the 1st 50!!!! best thing I've eaten today - fish cooked in lemon, honey, and ginger.
    thecraftingfiend(at)gmail.com

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  15. I just ate a delicious chocolate filled powdered donut from DD, it was delish!

    I have the same copy of GWTW, found it at a library sale for 25 cents!

    picklesandiscream@gmail.com

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  16. I TOTALLY love this dress!!!! Hip and stylish and MODEST too!!! :-)

    I just ate a chewy granola bar - chocolate chip. :-)

    craftysoprano@comcast.net

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  17. What a fun idea! I would definitely do the multiple waistbands! Best thing I ate today: Has to be the Raisin toast with my strawberry/peach smoothie! redhat7@escapees.com

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  18. I can't wait to make this one! Hope I win.

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  20. I ate a fantastic cheese-ball with crackers last night that our neighbors brought us for a "welcome to the neighborhood," gift. My husband and I scarfed down 3/4 of it in one sitting. :)
    I would LOVE this pattern, so versatile. I could make several in different looks, and nobody would know. :)
    necklacebliss(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Me me! The best thing I've had is fruit salsa with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips. Agarrod (at) gmail

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  22. Cute dress! The best thing I've eaten recently would be a caprese salad made using Wildtree Basalmic Grapeseed oil. So yummy and summery!

    Wildtree M O M S at live dot com (no spaces!)

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  23. So cute! I love the interchangeable waistband. The best thing I have eaten recently was banana muffins with brown sugar frosting! Yum!!
    zoer110 at gmail dot com

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  24. Ooo~so excited I'm still in the first 50. I have 4 girls and I'm sure at least one of them would love a dress made from this pattern! It's cute and looks so comfy!

    Hmm, the best thing I've eaten recently...probably the ding dong I ate yesterday!

    email: chelscraps@yahoo.com

    Rachelle S.

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  25. This dress is so awesome! I never make anything for myself. The best thing I have eaten is homemade chocolate chip granola bars. Yummy!

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  26. I seriously LOVE this pattern! It makes one cute dress!!

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  27. Last night I ate wonderfull greek yoghurt with homemade blackberry juice and whipped cream.

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  28. Beautiful! I need to make me some pretty dresses like this!

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  29. Oooooohmygoodness! I have been waiting for this pattern ever since I fell in love with your original version. (I even became a follower just so I would know when the pattern came out.) I have the perfect sheet just waiting.
    Best thing? Natural, homemade corn and bean salsa. Like the stuff you get at Qdoba, but better. Oh yeah, much better. :D
    achristinesearl@gmail.com

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  30. Love the dress!!I have been wanting to make myself a maxi dress for 2 summers now!

    Best thing I've eaten recently, fresh raspberries with cream!

    abbymarsden@gmail.com

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  31. banana loaf with big dark chocolate chunks that I baked today.
    ajboast@yahoo.com

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  32. I love this dress! I've been waiting for the pattern to come out! I am so excited! And I am so glad I found your blog. You have cute ideas!

    Jmeng79@gmail.com

    And I haven't eaten anything exciting today.......diet! Yuck! :)

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  33. I was the 5th entry but forgot to say about some homemade BBQ I just made was good & my email is jonijoiner@hotmail.com. I was just TOO excited about the pattern I forgot!

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  35. Hmmm... the best thing that I've eaten lately is sauteed brussel sprouts with onions and tempeh. Sounds a bit gross, but it was so yummy!
    Your pattern is so cute and versatile. I love how you changed it for your nieces.

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  36. Love the interchangeable waistbands! Great waist definition!
    The best thing I've eaten lately..... maybe some no kneed bread I made the other day with beef crock pot roast beef. Thank you for everything!!

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  37. I had some fresh green beans and cornbread for lunch--yummy.

    verlan.day@gmail.com

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  38. Ooops, best thing was the brownies I was noshing on while ignoring the directions! :-) email j.baker.phillips@gmail.com

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  39. I actually just got done eating some delish grapes green AND red ones...plump and juicy, and just SO YUMMY!

    I love that you did an up-cycle pattern. And it's adorable and functional!

    (also, not sure what the 1 2 3 4/7 8 numbering is above and below everyone's comments? my email is therehanfamily at gmail dot com)

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  40. all that, and only $6? I think I <3 you!

    I like simple foods.. today's winner was toast with avocado and sliced tomato, with a little salt and pepper. delish.

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  41. I am so in love with this dress! Would love the pattern :) I have hidden a stash of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in the freezer-shhhh!

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  42. Oops. Forgot to read the insructions. Email is Amanda.Denton.3 at gmail

    Best food recently has to be famous Amos. Love it!

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  43. I'd never do justice to one of your patterns but id love to try! Yummiest thing? Hersheys bliss... simply divine! Le.tigerlily@gmail.com

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  44. Beautiful!!

    heathermhawkins@gmail.com

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  46. I forgot to say my favorite thing I ate. Homemade waffles for breakfast! holymojo (at) gmail dot com

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  47. I am eating a nectarine and a pink lemonade right now. Last week, I ate a s'mores cupcake.

    bloggingbyk (at) gmail dot com

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  48. the best thing I've eaten recently is (bad bad!) a double dip caramel sundae, um, yes please to the nuts and whipped cream and a cherry on top! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

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  49. Thanks! Looking forward to getting started on my own. Also thinking of making one for my new mommy sister, and wondering if there isn't an easy way to make the top nursing friendly? Anyone have any ideas?

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  50. So, even if I'm 54, but there were a bunch that didn't leave an address of their favorite foods, do I still get a chance? So cute. Love it.

    Best food most recently was broccoli cheese soup over a potato. Yum!

    byugal700@hotmail.com

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  51. Today I ordered a steak taco, rancho grande nachos made with guacamole, chihuahua chees, steak, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and tortilla chips! It was totally yummy! I also had an horchata too. I love those!

    Here's my e-mail. mskasey@gmail.com

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  52. The mini chocolate doughnuts that Starbucks sells.
    All of the dresses you've sewn up with your pattern are so beautiful! I love your blog. Your wonderful sense of humor brightens my day. :)

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  53. i love candys <3

    unikuut@gmail.com

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  54. I love this dress....this would make a great work dress created from different fabrics. very versatile..and for the winter, add a long t-under it!
    As for the best food I have eaten lately....I bbq'd a Pork Loin last night for dinner, butterflied with a yummy homemade greek, my way) salad with my husband's most awesome home made dressing....we had left overs for a late lunch/early dinner today, was just as yummy!
    Of course any food that is shared with my dear man is the best!

    Valerie (aka jane doe)
    eyesofyellow at yahoo dot com

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  55. Would love a pattern! I've been eating these "organic" fruit strips. They're like fruit rollups but way yummier.

    havekosts@gmail.com

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  56. Very cute. A chunky belt over the waistband would look cute on it too!

    I just made key lime cupcakes with white chocolate frosting. They were pretty tasty!

    prettylilposies@gmail.com

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  57. pan sushi! So easy and fast to make for a crowd.

    Great pattern!!

    kanaha @ gmail.com

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  58. I live in Oregon and I love our Oregon berries. Best thing I ate recently was a giant bowl of mixed berries from the farmers market. MMMMM

    greycoral@gmail.com

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  59. I didn't make the first fifty comments, but wanted to say the changeable waist accent is brilliant!

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  60. Oh my goodness, I LOVE the interchangeable waistbands! What a great idea! I'm not at all inclined to wear dresses (I'm more of a skirt/shirt kind of girl) but this really makes me want to try...Love it!

    PS: Are those the arches above ISU? I live in IF and just graduated from ISU. ;)

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  61. I love the idea of the interchangable waists! That's such a great idea! Though that style would only make me look pregnant, I am positive!

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  62. Really cute - I love how your pattern can be changed up for so many different looks.

    These dresses look so fresh!

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  63. ha ha. I was so excited about the pattern coming out I forgot to enter the giveaway, then remembered in the middle of the night that I forgot. Too bad for me. I really like the dress and plan to buy the pattern...but I spent all my project money this month so I'll have to wait a few weeks.

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  64. I LOVE the idea of the interchangeable waist bands! PURE genious!

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  65. You definitely got over 50 comments. Probably more to come.

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  66. I love your bolg! Thanks for sharing your talents! I just finsished one of your projects...revived a file cabinet with apple green paint. Very similar to the one you did! Thanks!!!

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