Hey there! Hold onto your seats because this week I have two posts for you. I had a kid free evening at the end of last week and grabbed a handful of outfits, my sweet husband, the camera and set out to get some outfit pictures of what I have been sewing! I even should have a couple more posts for you next week! But let me start you with this first dress, the Mission Maxi Dress by Jamie Christina.
I have embarrassingly had this pattern for a while, at least a year. I’ve decided it’s time to start sewing the things that have been on my to sew list for too long. I grabbed a couple of yards of this St. James stripe from fabric.com (it was on sale and actually still is). I’ve used this fabric before (different color combo) for the Marianne Dress and knew that I liked the weight and stretch of the fabric.
I have to tell you I was nervous about sewing this pattern. I’ve heard that it is overly fitted and I would agree with that. I took a few precautionary steps though. My sizes put me in a size 6 up top and 10 at the hips. I graded from a 6 to a 12 to make sure the dress was not tight on my hips and toosh, and I’m happy with how it turned out. I sewed everything on my serger, except for the hem, which I used a twin needle.
As far as patterns go, this is a very simple pattern without very thorough instructions. If you were new to sewing knits, I’d tell you to hold off until you have a feel for sewing bindings first. The instructions are definitely lacking when it comes to the bindings. But everything else was great. If you’ve sewn a t shirt or two before, you’ll be just fine with the pattern.
I definitely would sew this again, and the only changes I would make next time is to raise the front scoop at least 1/2 inch to ensure full coverage, and I need to hem it a little bit shorter. In fact, this dress is sitting by my sewing machine waiting for me to hem another 1/2 inch while I still have the twin needle on there!
Here’s a quick glance at the details:
Pattern: Mission Maxi Dress
Size: 6 graded to a 12 at the hips
Fabric: St. James Stripe
Changes I’d make next time: raise front scoop 1/2 inch, hem slightly shorter