SSW: Not Your Grandma's Florals


oday kicks off Self Sewing Week graciously hosted by Indie Patterns. So before reading the rest of this post, head over and VOTE FOR ME so I can win some awesome swag!
Okay, you voted? Phew! Now I can share. I have to be honest and say I'm a pretty selfish maker as is. I've wanted a maxi dress ever since it became a thing, but being short is hard, and floor length dresses always make me look squat! Well, no more! Sew Caroline has created such an amazing basic knit dress pattern. It's so versatile I'm looking forward to making a knee length one.
 I love that she gives you two different sleeve options and that the 3/4th length is shaped to fit nicely at your elbow. Not to mention that there are pockets! You want to sell me on a dress pattern, put pockets in it!
I did some alterations to the pattern. Shortened it by 2", curved the back bodice pattern up at the waist rather than down because I wanted a fitted waist. I also added clear elastic into the seams around the waist, and the shoulder seams so that they wouldn't get stretched out with wear.
I used the floss gathering method to gather the skirt, and I will say now that I will never go back to the basting stitch.
Caroline also recommends using a fused webbing at the hem and sleeve to prevent rolling. It works!
Even after washing and drying it the hem laid nicely without having to iron. That is a huge win, especially for a dress that is made for day to day wear. And I may just wear this dress every day! Don't judge me!
Look at my kids waiting so patiently! Don't worry they were rewarded with frozen custard! 
Now lets talk fabric! I had decided on this maxi dress sure that I had fabric in my stash that would work, However, Not only did I not have enough of 1 piece of fabric but I had nothing that screamed "SPRING IS HERE!" So I headed to Joann's to find the most lovely light weight impressionistic floral knit that has ever existed. Using my 50% coupon I got it for about $5 a yard. Not too bad! And I mean, what is more Spring than florals?
I could not have asked for a better day to take photos, Finally some much needed nice weather! And a whole week's forecast with temperatures above freezing, woohoo!
Indie Sew has a whole week's worth of projects coming, so it's okay to be just a bit selfish and make something all for you! And if you REALLY want to help me win you can VOTE FOR ME DAILY throughout this week! I promise I'll share!


  1. I love everything about the dress you made!!

  2. This is SO lovely, Amber! I absolutely love the colors and the versatility of this dress. It's on of my go-to patterns, and now I HAVE to make a maxi version! Hopefully I can find some awesome fabric like yours. :)

  3. Thank you! I linked to the fabric, so you can definitely get it!

  4. This is awesome! I love the fabric you chose.

  5. I love this! The fabric is amazing! You have my vote!

  6. Thank you Heather! Feel free to vote for me all week!

  7. I saw that after you commented! If I buy any more fabric before I whittle my stash my husband might have a cow. But I bookmarked it in case it's still available when the coast is clear! ;)

  8. Haha! You know you're addicted when you're sneaking it in. I do the same thing, shhh!