The heat is still on and I don’t know how everyone else do some sewing these days. The other day, I was browsing my pattern stash longingly when this pattern caught my attention. It was Mission Maxi sewing pattern by Jamie Christina that I got as part of my Spring Top prize last year. The pattern is quite simple, a maxi-length jersey dress with only 2 pattern pieces for view A and B. I figured this would be the perfect dress to make in this weather.
I’ve seen this pattern made around the sewing blogs before -check out these pretty ones by Erica, Tigerlily, Ginger, and tie-dyed one by Natty Jane-, but wasn’t sure that I would be comfortable wearing such a clinging dress that shows every bumps. So this one is some kind of a muslin. The fabric is grey jersey from my stash.
From the pattern envelope: ‘A soft free flowing maxi dress sewing pattern with plenty of options to choose from: halter top, godet back, and a tank top.’ I made view A, the tank top maxi.
I cut size 2 on bust, tapering to size 4 on waist and hip. It was a quick sewing as expected, but my first result was disastrous! Not the pattern’s fault of course. First of all, I cut the the hem too short, and then I attached the binding incorrectly that resulted in gaping neckline and armholes.
Luckily I still have enough fabric left for a second try. The straps of the first dress were a bit too long for me so I shortened them about 1.5 cm, a bit too much maybe. For the bindings, I cut 3 cm-wide strips of fabric, folded them lengthwise and attached them using overlocker, pulling them a bit while sewing. No more gaping neckline and armholes!
The hem is left raw as it wouldn’t ravel. This was not a design decision, but rather the limitation of fabric that I had. You can see that the present length is still a bit too short for a maxi dress.
Well, I don’t know why I didn’t make this pattern sooner at the beginning of summer! Yes it is clinging on the body, but all on the right places. I tried it on yesterday after I finished sewing it and hasn’t taken it off until now. It is very comfortable. I should make a proper one before summer ends!
Pattern is Mission Maxi by Jamie Christina, size 2 on bust and 4 on waist and hip.