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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Missoni-Esque Jersey Maxi Dress

I continue the maxi dress theme with a fabulous maxi for me. I purchased Mood Fabrics' Missoni-esque Jersey Print for the dress.
The colors seem perfect for late summer into early fall, plus Missoni-esque is a look I love. I selected McCall's 6700 and I went to work. My work was short-lived, I did not order enough fabric the first time, oops. No worries, I went right to my Mood Fabrics' order history, found the sku number and reordered more yardage. My package arrived in no time and back to work I went.
mood jersey maxi dressI was careful to match the side seams and keep the pattern balanced on the skirt front and back. I just love the blue in the pattern of the fabric, such a contrast from the earth tones and gives the fabric a bit of pop.
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Like Meredith, I am tall about 5'8", but I add my length always to the bodice, I am long-waisted. An inch was enough for this bodice and the waist hits me in a much better spot. I did some measuring of the skirt and the length seemed perfect. Now let's talk about this bodice, I did not want any gaping in the v-neck, so I serged 3/8" elastic to the raw edge of the bodice neckline. I subtracted 3" from front measurement and the back measurement. When I talk about the measurement, it is the flat pattern measurement minus the seam allowances. To finish the front edges, I turned the raw edge under and used my coverstitch to hem the edge. The elastic was the perfect solution, it keeps the bodice close to my body and no gaping open. After all, I need to pick this cute little guy up quite often.
me and stetson
mood jersey maxi dress3
The final bit of fun on the dress is the tie on the back, a small tie, inserted under the shoulder seams. A nice little feature.
mood jersey maxi back
This dress was fun to sew, it has a few extra features that make it a bit more fun. The best part of the dress is the fabric, it is just beautiful and really makes a statement. Here is my statement, I have a fabulous new dress, hubby let's go on a date!
mood jersey maxi dress square





40 comments:

  1. Great dress! You look far too young to be a grandmother.

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    1. Oh, Vicki, thank you so much, I appreciate the dress and young compliment!

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  2. Beautiful maxi and agree the blue adds pop betwixt the autumnal colors. Your Grandsom is adorable.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila for the dress compliment and the grandson!

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  3. Love love love! I had been looking at that pattern.... And now I've ordered it!! The fabric is gorgeous. It reminds me of butterfly wings too.

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    1. Thanks, Helen, it is a nice pattern. You are right about the wings.

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  4. The print fabric is great! I love the comfort of a maxi and dressing them up or down. Perfect for hot days and great with a jean jacket for fall!

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    1. Thanks, Joen, I am with you on maxi dresses working for all types of temps.

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  5. That is a great dress! I agree you look much too young to be a grandma!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie

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  6. That's a great statement! I hope you got to go out in your pretty new dress:)

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  7. I love the fabric! I've picked up this pattern in JoAnne's a couple of times, but I wasn't sure about the back tie so I never bought it. I may need to rethink this as your dress is gorgeous. It's amazing to see how fast your grandson is growing!

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    1. You need to make this, Shar, it is a great dress. Thank you and he is getting big, isn't he.

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  8. you always pick the most gorgeous fabrics. This one has me wanting to reach for the card, but I must resist. Love it!

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    1. Thank you, this is fabulous fabric, you sure you don't need it :)

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  9. It is very pretty. I tried making the dress this year, and it didn't turn out so well LOL

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    1. Oh, that is too bad about your dress.

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  10. Pretty dress! Wow, the baby is growing so fast, such a cutie!

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    1. Thanks, yes he is getting big and he thinks he is so big!

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  11. The dress is lovely and I really like how you placed the blue up the side. I must admit, however, that I am a total sucker for a cute baby!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, babies are wonderful.

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  12. This is fabulous! The color and the style fit you perfectly. Great job!

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  13. Great looking dress. Love the fabric you chose for this!

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    1. Thank you, Linda, I love the fabric.

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  14. Stunning dress! You look fantastic in it, as always!

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  15. Love your dress, Lori! And what a cutie your grandson is ... but how can you be a grandma when we're still 25? :-)

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, he has stolen my heart. His little smile. I know 25 and a grandma - amazing, isn't it! :)

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  16. He's totally cute.
    Love the dress and I hope you have a lovely date night soon Lori.

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    1. Thank you, I am hoping date night this weekend.

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  17. The fabric and dress are a perfect fit. Love how you lined up the side seams. Really has a great affect with the print. Your grandson is adorable.

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy, and he is a cutie but I am very partial.

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  18. You have made items out of this fabric with two of my all time favourite patterns! They look beautiful by the way

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    1. Thanks, Deb, I have made that NL pattern so many times. It is a great one.

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  19. i am waaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind and saw this over at MSN but i thought i'd pay my compliments here! THIS IS FREAKING AMAZING. it's on my shopping list and i'm itching to try that elastic trick. is it terrible if i copy you completely?

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    1. Thanks so much. I love this dress and of course you can completely copy, I would be flattered!

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