Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Finished Project: Another Floral Maxi Dress for Summer.

B6582 + M6349 + 50 centimetres = ....


When I asked "What is an appropriate dress to wear to Thanksgiving?" in an old blog post, Oona said "I'd make THIS for turkey day" - referring to the floral M5845 with outside darts

Well, I kinda did. Recognise the fabric?? 

A wise person once told me "don't throw out leftover fabric until you finish the project" so I held on to this half a meter of cotton sateen until I completed the M5845 and like a secret squirrel I stashed it away. 

A few weekends ago I went shopping and found some awesome black fabric. It was labelled as "cotton" but it wasn't cotton texture I was used to. I took it to the counter and asked the girls what it was... they whipped out a light and set a piece of it on fire! I stood there pretending that I knew what they were doing. The girls came to the conclusion that it was probably rayon, rayon fuji or something... they reassurred me it was definitely breathable... definitely a natural fiber. 

I just wanted to know if it was still $5.40 a meter :P 

I took 2 meters.

Sunday arvo when I was suppose to be finishing my fishy M6349, I started playing around with the rayon. I didn't have enough for a maxi dress, but I had enough for a maxi skirt. Went diggin around my sewing room for fabric for the bodice and found my floral cotton sateen scrap, yay. And it was already pre-washed, double yay. 

I always use coloured thread to sew gathering stitches so it's easy to spot and remove later.
Skirt gathered and ready to stitch to the bodice.

I used the B6582 bodice. I've only used this pattern once and have never worn the dress because of the dodgy machine stitched hem. 

The skirt is from the M6349, I added half a meter to the length. This skirt pattern is like gold. I'm holding onto to it forever! 

Pattern: Butterick 6582, View 3, M6349 skirt
Size: 6 all the way. 

Fabric: 0.5m cotton sateen, leftover from an old project), 0.5m cotton lawn (bodice lining), 2m rayon (skirt)

Notions: Dress zipper 18", Gutermann thread

Time:  approx 10 hours (3 hours to cut all fabric and construct shell, 5 hours to construct lining, skirt, bag bodice, gather skirt.. 1 hour-ish to handpick zip and machine hem)

Cost: Fabric $10 (skirt), Lining $3, Zipper $2. Cheapest dress ever. 

Pattern Modification/Adjustments:
  • Fully lined the bodice instead of facings for the bodice
  • Replaced skirt with a maxi skirt (using lengthened skirt pattern of M6349)
Techniques Used:
  • Darts
  • Gathering
Handpicked zip.

Japanese cotton lawn bodice lining.

Faux wrap bodice.

I interfaced the zip SA, it stabilized the rayon so there was no warping or wiggling when I was installing the zip. Gosh I love handpicking! 

I will go up a size next time to an 8 (possibly 10 at the waist). Despite the finished measurements being bigger than my measurements, it's a little restrictive across the bust and back.

This was my first Thanksgiving, and I loved it! Food, and wine... hehe. 
Even though we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, I watch an unhealthy amount of Gossip Girl a lot of American TV shows so I knew what to expect - giant turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie... it was a lovely lunch. 

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving this Thursday. I can't wait to stalk '#Thanksgiving' on Instagram to see all your delicious food and sexy table settings!


  1. Wow, the dress is so pretty! Rayon is such a lovely fabric, I wish it was sold in more places.

  2. Love it! You look really curvy and it's very flattering. Nothing better than a cheap make that utilises remnants! Well done :)

  3. Georgeous dress! It looks really chic on you. I love how the rayon drapes, I'll have to keep a look out for some!
    Mmmm your turkey dinner looks yummy, it making me hungry and it's only breakfast time :)

  4. you are churning out LOVELINESS!!! i have a maxi dress vibe going for thanksgiving (that is, if i can finish it in time).

    love that you stomped after koalas :)

  5. Gorgeous! What a fun dress! I'm glad you got to celebrate Thanksgiving-- it's such a fun holiday!

  6. I'm always happy when I spend sobrande scrap fabric from another project, it's like a small victory to ease my fabric stash, I guess you have a similar feeling with this dress. It's wonderful! I hope you give use it soon. Thanksgiving is not celebrated here in Spain, I'm going to be browsing all the beautiful ladies of America make for Thanksgiving.

  7. What a gorgeous dress! Makes me long for summer (we're just heading into winter here in Canada:(


  8. What a sexy maxi!

    Haha yeah, I watched an unhealthy amount of Gossip Girl - their Thanksgiving parties were always pretty pimp!

  9. Oh my word, I LOVE IT! We should have a meet up and wear out matching bodices ;)

  10. wow nice dresh ! thanks for sharing. if you want more maxi dresses then visit Maxi dresses

  11. Totally amazing dress 'AGAIN'. I definitely want to make a maxi dress seeing this haha. You are so clever and look so gorgeous!!!


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