Man, I love maxis. It was therefore written in the stars that I’d jump on the True Bias Southport maxi train as soon as it went chugging by.
As soon as I saw Rosie’s version (proving that it looks awesomesauce on curvy ladies) I jumped straight into the stash and emerged clutching this grey/lilac and yellow/lime seersucker from the most recent Japanese pile. It’s all cool and reasonably flowy, albeit with a slightly off grain printing which makes my dress look a teensy bit tipsy. Of course, I did a little bit of planning in my sketchbook first (note: this was an early version of the sketchbook – the croquis was slightly updated for the final version with fewer lines within the body!).
Looking at the finished measurements, I could theoretically squeeze into the 18 without alterations but I knew the top was meant to be a bit drapey so I FBAed by 2 inches. It was a bit of a calamity as I managed to move the dart way too low (no-one needs bust darts pointing to the waist, trust me on that one) and I only noticed after I’d French seamed the bodice. Oops. I therefore had a fun time seam ripping the whole thing, getting rid of the holes in the fabric (rubbing them with my nail did the job) and re-orienting up up up. This diversion did end up taking a bit out of the seam allowances at the side so I was even more glad for the FBA! The only other problem I found was that the armscyes are a bit too big on me (perhaps FBA-related) – next time I’m going to add an inch to get more bra coverage.
After the bust dart saving, the whole thing went together really easily – the instructions are awesome and the whole thing is well-drafted. It turned out to be the perfect length for me with a baby hem (I’m 5’6″) and I eyeballed the slit height – I think it’s probably slightly lower than drafted. The only other change I made was to sew down the placket – I did make a fully functioning one, buttonholes and all, but despite it fitting through the bust it was still gaping. Given there’s really no need for the buttons on the front I decided to just sew that baby down. Next time I won’t bother with the buttonholes!
The final verdict is, I LOVE THIS DRESS. Another winner from Kelli! (I also wear my Hudsons all the time). Now I need to rifle through my stash to see if I have enough of anything floaty to make myself another 5 Southport maxis…. If not, I guess I’ll just *have* to do a bit more fabric shopping…
Oh, maxis. I think they’re the perfect combo of cool (temperature-wise), cool (awesomeness-wise) and swooshy. I value swooshy highly.
Are you on team maxi? What fabrics do you like to use? Does anyone have an awesome knit maxi pattern? I feel one in my future…
I also have a mini-announcement: I’m hosting my first ever online class this week!
It’s a One Hour Power Session on BurdaStyle Academy called Sewing Blogging 101– it’s aimed at people who want to start blogging, or people who have a blog but want to improve or grow it. I’m going to be giving lots of advice on design, posting, photography, growing your readership and things like that. Those who know me in real life know that I love public speaking and teaching, so it was a natural fit! Also, you get to hear my British accent, which seems to come as a surprise to so many people 🙂
Once you sign up you have indefinite access to the class, and I’ll also be giving personalized advice to attendees during the first week. It starts this Thursday, May 28th, and you can sign up for it here (registration closes at midnight May 28th). Hope to see some of you there!