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Dress: Made by Me using Butterick 6206 view D (with a few modifications) and a ponte knit from my local Fabric Mart, similar, similar, both of these are similar in color and available in long lengths, love this extended length navy version with similar sleeve style
One of the main reasons I started sewing was because of my love for maxi dresses. I like to wear them all year long, but one of the hinderances of being so tall is that I can’t just go and buy a maxi dress that will cover my ankles right off the rack, although sometimes I do get lucky. Speaking of lucky, there are now quite a few tall retailers that offer maxi dresses a plenty, so you should not be discouraged if sewing isn’t your thing. It just comes in handy when what you may be looking for at that moment isn’t readily available and you can whip it up yourself. Which is what I did in this case.
I was sitting and thinking to myself that I wanted a cobalt maxi dress with a bit of polish. I have a tank style that I purchased from Alloy Apparel last year and I have an off the shoulder one that I made last year, but I wanted something a little bit different then those two. I wanted a maxi dress that I could go and pick the kids up from school in, or run errands, go out to lunch in and feel covered and cute without having to wear a jacket to cover up. This short sleeve tee maxi dress was what I came up with and I love it! I am a big fan of one piece dressing and this fits the bill. It is the easiest way to get dressed in the morning and look put together without even trying and I am all about that. What I also love about this dress in particular is that I used a ponte knit fabric, so it has weight to it and movement. Most importantly is the fit and length. because of my long arms I made the short sleeves come down a bit longer which I think is more flattering on my frame. I also extended the waist line and the skirt of course, to accommodate my height. I have a long way to go with my sewing, but I am very happy wth the way this cobalt maxi dress turned out. Learning that the right fabric choice makes a world of difference.
Pattern Review: Butterick 6206
Pattern Description: Misses Dress and Belt
Pattern Sizing: 14-22, I cut a 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I sewed view D and yes it did, except I made the sleeves a tad bit longer.
Were the instructions easy to follow? It was really simple I just glanced at the instruction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how simple and easy it was to make. Love the style of the dress and the varying neckline options.
Fabric Used: Cobalt blue ponte knit picked up from my local Fabric-Mart.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: To accommodate for my height, I extended the sleeve length and waist line by about 2 inches and lengthened the skirt length by about 4–5 inches.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will definitely sew this again, plan on making it in a black and a white or ivory version. I would highly recommend it to others, especially if they love maxi dresses as I do.
Conclusion: Simple and easy pattern. Great style of dress. Now one of my favorite patterns for the way my dress turned out.
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