Saturday, January 26, 2013

New Look 6936 Maxi - Jungle January #3!


I can hardly believe we've reached the end of Jungle January!


Prettynpnk has kept me so busy - and it's been a great safari! Seeing all the incredible - wonderful! - creations of my fellow bloggers has been such a treat. I looove animal prints and am so inspired by all I've seen.

What would my Loft be without a maxi dress! Ah. I saved my very favorite for last...


I've sewn New Look 6936 before - but in the pattern as given, a short dress... 




and decided to take the pattern to the Max for creeping (swinging?) through the jungle!



This version uses sleeves from View C, very relaxed, fluttery, so feminine. But very well done - no peeks in the armhole area, the bodice seam comes up just far enough :-)

Changes? Well, of course. Another Coco trait! Here's what I did - 

The length - to make this a maxi dress, I added 20" to the length of the skirt pieces. More than enough, but I was a little unsure of how much I needed, even after measuring every dress in my closet. Better safe than sorry...

My fabric is a poly/lycra matte jersey from Fashion Fabric Club. Just beautiful, no wrinkles, and fits into the 'travel' category. Honestly, I think I could roll it up and go. It's a 1-way stretch knit, really no give in the vertical grain at all, and has moderate stretch across the width. Which suits a dress really well - it is not going to get taller!

But the fabric is 'heavy'. I was concerned about hanging all of that off the 1/4" elastic raised waist in the pattern. My fix - I added a 1 1/2" waistband/casing between the bodice and skirt. Lined in cheetah of course! The lining is cotton calico, meant to stabilize the waist, bodice, and skirt.  And I used 1/2 knit elastic.




One more change (and I did this on my first version as well) - I used a back facing on the neckline. Instead of turning a 5/8" hem. I just do not like the finish on turned hems on curvy necklines! The facing works great...


I am in love with this dress.


And ready for an adventure. Ciao! Coco

16 comments:

  1. Wow you really did leave the best till last. Smokin!

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    1. Thanks, Valerie. and I loooove your ocelot coat.

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  2. You look fabulous in your new maxi-dress. I do like how it has some coverage in the bodice as often maxi dresses are very mini in this department.

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    1. Janine, thank you! I like the bodice as well, and the sleeve. Takes the dress into more seasons.

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  3. Wish we have this kind of sunny days... missing

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    1. Hi Diana. So cold where you are! I love our Florida weather. Wish I could bottle up some sunshine and send it to you!

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  4. I love the fabric/print and it fits you perfectly!!! Very pretty!!!

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    1. Thanks you, Judi. I love the fabric as well and it is fun to wear! Jungle January was so much fun.

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  5. Definitely "Out of Africa". Most animalistically beautiful!

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    1. One of my favorite books and movie - thank you, Gwen!

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  6. I have just bought this pattern and look forward to making it up. I have to say you have done a lovely job on yours and I can't wait to get started. X


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  7. I have just bought this pattern and look forward to making it up. I have to say you have done a lovely job on yours and I can't wait to get started. X


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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco