Time is certainly flying by! I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post…yikes. I’m a lazy summer blogger…. Summer is short and we must enjoy while we can!
But… I’m back with a dress that I have worn more times than I can count. I’m sure I’ll have this one completely worn out by the end of the summer. That’s how much I love it.
Some patterns are worth the effort it takes to add a beautifully made maxi dress to the wardrobe. It’s construction includes a great deal of hand sewing the facing in but this dress is a gem. Made from a tropical print rayon, it just floats…perfect for summer.
Pattern: McCalls 7385
Fabric used: Rayon…it may have been a smidge tricky to sew with but totally worth it! A maxi dress made in rayon feels so luxurious.
Instructions: I followed the instructions to the letter and didn’t have any difficulties. The facing/ lining has quite a bit of hand sewing to do but I knew at that point that I would love the dress so I felt that it was so worth the effort.
Changes I made: I didn’t make any changes, but next time I might make the armscye a bit smaller. I found them to be a little too large. I also think that it could be about an inch shorter.
Repeat worthy? I always think that a successful make is repeat worthy but that doesn’t always mean I will end up making it again. It is worthy though…a lovely floaty maxi dress is always welcome in my closet!
Needless to say, I sew faster than I blog but I promise to be back with more makes and I won’t take a month to do it! Anyone else being lazy with their blogging?
That’s so pretty! I love the way rayon feels to wear, too. It’s so buttery!
Thank you Gillian! Buttery is the perfect word for rayon!!
Mine looks totally different than yours does probably because my fabric choice was not the same. I love how yours fits on you. I didn’t add the slit in the front so mine is a large flowy dress. However, this looks amazing on you and your fabric choice is fantastic. It’s a gorgeous dress and I understand how you’ve worn it over and over again this summer.
Thanks Carolyn, it’s funny how much fabric affects a pattern. Can’t wait to see yours.
It’s beautiful Margo! Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying your summer.
Thanks Faye! It’s been a great summer…busy but great.
Beautiful! and I like the length, so luxurious 🙂
Thanks Coco! It may be a little to luxurious 😉
Beautiful dress and the photos are gorgeous. Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying your summer.
Thank you Carmen! I love summertime…but then who doesn’t?
so lazy about blogging– taking pictures in midtown NY is a HASSLE! but sewing up a storm, and about to cut into some silk cotton after seeing your latest beautiful creation. LOVE this! i have the SBCC gibson dress pattern, which is similar enough to fit the bill, methinks :))
Thanks Marci! In small town Canada, I can at least find a bit of privacy to take pictures. I can’t even imagine trying to take them in NY!! The Gibson would definitely fit the bill… very similar except mine doesn’t have the button front.
That is so pretty! it make a great maxi dress. I just sewed up this pattern also and unfortunately sewed in a batik cotton that was way too stiff so it didn’t work out at all. I was about to toss out the pattern, so maybe I will rethink that and find a softer fabric 🙂
Thank you Beth! I think rayon is the perfect fit for this pattern…so flowy.
Beautiful dress, I can understand why you would wear it so much. It is the perfect summer piece. Cheers, Michele
Thanks so much Michele!!
A true beauty. Love the fabric and the style and the idea of summer that it gives. (you need to understand that it is freezing in Sydney tonight!)
Thank you Gail! So what do you consider freezing..I’m curious.
Oh what a gorgeous dress for these beautiful summer days, whether you are at the beach, lunch with the girls or on a “date night”. Love the fabric. You have such great style and your sewing is amazing. 🙂
Thanks Almeda! It has proven to be a great summer dress…
Beautiful fabric. I have the pattern. I have reviewed my stash of cloth and still struggling to decide which I want to use (I tend to buy a lot of fabric, and then decide how I want to use it). Thanks for the review
I think we all tend to do the same thing Carol! 😉
This looks like the perfect summer dress! I love the colours and that rayon must feel so lovely to wear.
It is sooooo nice wear and has lots of room for a big meal too!!
This is gorgeous Margo! I love the colours! I can imagine a maxi dress in rayon must feel lovely! I just made an Inari tee dress in rayon and I love wearing it – must.get.more.rayon.
I agree Kathryn! ALL THE RAYON!!
I love of flow of a rayon maxi dress in the summer and yours is lovely!
Rayon really is a lovely fabric. Thanks Regina
Lovely dress! It looks so summery and perfect for hot weather days!
Oh, this turned out gorgeous! This pattern is high up on my to-make list and I can’t believe I haven’t cut it yet!