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Made By A Fabricista: Black Summer Maxi Dress

HI Fashionistas!

Hope you are having a lovely summer and staying cool. It is getting pretty warm here.  School is out and I am staying busy with summer camp pickups and dropoffs for my older kid. I recently started noticing that a lot of pre-school moms were wearing black lightweight maxi dresses at drop off and they looked so effortless and comfortable. I decided to make my very own easy to sew version up in a lightweight black knit.


I made the dress without a pattern. It was made in under two hours. To cut the bodice of the dress, I used a tank top as a guideline, and to make the skirt, I simply made very small pleats on my sewing machine (freehanded) to mimic the look of gathers. The bodice is self-lined, as the fabric is thin. The skirt is not lined. Its light and airy. I wore this dress to fathers day dinner. Matter of fact, I am wearing it now with a floral scarf for a pop of color. 



What I love about this dress is that it's so easy to wear.  You really don't have to worry about styling a dress like this. It will go with whatever shoes you are wearing and whatever purse you are wearing! 


I am pretty obsessed with these owl earrings lately. Since I don't have a lot of time to spend on myself right now, these statement earrings so a long way.  Connor is four months now and this dress is also nursing friendly. 

Here is a back and side view:


I left the bottom hem raw for two reasons: The hem on maxi dresses always gets so worn, so I can simply trim it by 1/2 inch when that happens and continue using the dress. I also plan on attaching a ruffle on the hem for a different look when I chop some of the hem off- to add back some length,  Then I would wear it with some shoes that have a slight heel. For now, I needed something that I can wear with flat shoes. The fabric does not fray, so skipping the hem worked for me. 



I have not been on vacation since 2016 but this hat definitely put me in Vacay mode. I wore it to the pool and to Fathers Day dinner on Sunday.




Let me know if you have been getting some summer sewing in. I want to make a few more knit pieces for the summer. I'll see you next time. Happy sewing until then!

XOXO
-Vatsla from Fashion Behind The Seams

Comments

  1. A lovely dress. I'm always after a simple maxi dress to make, this one seems ideal - thanks for the hacking tip!
    Lee

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  2. Great classic black maxi dress! Would rock it with a jackets in the Fall!

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