BWOF 07-09-116

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HA! Better late than never!  Here at the end of Summer, I’ve finally made my maxi dress!

Hope you got your ear plugs on ‘cause this is one loud dress, LOL!  This is more stash Jersey from the www.fabric.com warehouse sale (incidentally, it’s coming up again real soon, maybe I’ll go, hmmm).

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Line drawing:

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This is an easy enough dress to put together.  The bodice is lined with another piece of jersey that is un-shirred.

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This is the lining, back with 2 fronts, sewed together at the side seam along with the outer fabric.  I fused the top of the lining piece with bias tape.  I then made the straps:

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I constructed the top, and then added the skirt.  No zipper used:

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I don’t recommend constructing it the way I did.  I tried to follow the directions in the magazine, and I ended up  hand sewing the facing down on the inside.  Here’s what I would do next time:

Construct the front and lining front separately, including the straps.

Sew the front together to the lining, right sides together, straps included.  Sew along the top edges, turn the corner and sew the straps.  Then sew the inside neck edge.  Trim the corners very carefully, especially the V at the center front.  Do not sew the side and bottom seams.  You might need a tube turner to turn the straps out.

Sew the back and back lining together at the top edge, at the same time attaching the straps on at the back edge at the markings.

Attach the front and back together at the side seams.  The outer fabric and lining is attached in one continuous seam.

Attach the skirt.

I also made a note to raise the front edge to attach about 1-1 1/2 inches higher up on the straps.  For this dress, I shortened the straps by one inch.  This dress is very comfortable to wear, and, as a huge bonus in my book, you can wear a strapless bra!  I’ll make another one of these next Summer, probably in a tamer solid. 🙂

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