Saturday, February 16, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: Springtime Style - Simple ITY Maxi Dresses


Now that spring is officially on my mind, my makes going forward will be spring clothing that transitions into summer. Maxi dresses or skirts are  great staple pieces to have.  I was ready to start the creation of my Spring makes and when I came across these two great ITY prints I knew they were perfect for dresses.  Unfortunately, they are both sold out but these are two great ITY (Interlock Twist Yarnknits available in solid or floral that would definitely work for this style. 


The beauty about maxi dresses is that they are a no worry one piece that can be dressed up or down. I wanted to find a pattern that was easy and selected Simplicity 8595 as a start.
This Floral ITY maxi dress is a staple piece because you I can wear it running errands during the warmer days here in South Florida or to work with my blackwood cardigan (Made here).  ITY is a cool and fluid knit fabric that has an incredible drape and does not wrinkle. 


I wanted to find a TNT (tried and trueeasy to sew maxi dress pattern and based on the cover, I knew VIEW D with and without sleeves was perfect for my pear shape body.  This style is only 4 pattern pieces, front, back, neck and sleeve band.


As usual, I had to make a few modifications to the pattern to fit my body type:
1. Graded the size small to the medium from the waist.
2. Added 4 inches to the length
My original plan was to create another maxi dress using McCall 7122 but the sleeve style and the fact that the back piece was not cut on the fold, would require a bit of matching and lining up the print.  I opted to reuse the same simplicity pattern as I am in love this print. I layered it with my leather jacket and boots earlier this week when the temperature dropped. 
 The ITY knit is light enough for the Florida weather and perfect for a maxi or wrap dresses.   I am in love with both maxi dresses and can’t wait to make another style VIEW D using some designer ponte knit.
Thank you so much for reading and please don’t forget to check out my latest blog post of the top I made for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to stop by my Instagram page to see some of my recent makes.  Have a wonderful day!

One Love,
Marica - Overdriveafter30

20 comments:

  1. Flattering style, nicely done! Love the pattern and the fabric is perfect for this style! Great Job! I may have to buy that pattern!

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  2. I love a maxi dress. Your are fabulous and look amazing on you.

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  3. Wow girl. Thats beautiful and you have my hips. Im 68 so I would need to add sleeves and maybe a middy...I love middies. That is wonderful...will look for this pattern. Its perfect .

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  4. Gorgeous!!! Thank you for showing us what can be done with that pattern. You look great!

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  5. Wow that dress is beautiful. Great job!

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  6. fabulous dress and the color is wonderful on you. that blue is really hard to match and you did it!! love those shoes

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  7. These are all so lovely Marica! The blue one particularly is awesome on you, and it looks fabulous with your jacket!

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