Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kwik Sew 3703 Maxi Dress


After 5 days of chilly weather, we are having  a beautiful warm day. Perfect for debuting my cotton jersey hibiscus maxi dress.

I've always liked this pattern from Kwik Sew. It has no darts, and has a great fit and flare look. And it's a favorite on Pattern Review - I trust my fellow sewists' opinions! 

But I've hesitated because it has a racerback, and that's just not for me.

Had to solve this - I really wanted the look for spring and summer. What to do...

I decided to use the bodice top from McCalls 5893 to replace the raceback element of the Kwik Sew pattern. Perfect!


I flattened the front darts on the McCall's pattern, did a bit of line curing, and it fit beautifully over the Kwik Sew pattern! 


Love the new front, straps, and back - the dress is so comfortable. It also matches the flowers in the garden...

Bulbine frutescens


Euphorbia milii


I hope you are having a nice weekend as well. Ciao! Coco

23 comments:

  1. Love your dress! And what a pretty background you have for your photos!

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    1. thank you, Beverly. I do love my little garden.

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  2. Lovely dress, perfect for warmer weather!

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    1. Thanks, Val - and yes! it is 89 today! but going down in the 40's tonite - go figure.

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    1. Agree! I'm so spoiled after so many years...

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  4. I love that dress! I know I have the McCall's pattern, and I like how you used that pattern to change the shape of the back. Great Idea - i might have to try it!

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    1. thank you, Mary. I hope you try it!

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  5. You look elegant and comfortable at the same time!

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  6. You don't think you 'whip' things up? Gosh, Coco...you whipped up a dress in no time and even combined 2 patterns for a perfect fitting, beautiful maxi.

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    1. Judi, thank you...it came together nicely. I needed it!

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  7. I love it- racer back is not my favorite- I will have to try this steal so I can waft thru my garden and look divine too!

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    1. Please waft...you lounge so beautifully :-)

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  8. Love the look and how clever of you to merge the two patterns.

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  9. Now it looks even better on! Gosh for my garden to look like yours - let alone the clothes!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ruth. Such a compliment...you are an incredible sewist and stylist.

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  10. You look beautiful in your lovely dress and garden.

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  11. Absolutely beautiful dress. You look gorgeous. I'm jealous of your garden too. Lookin' good!!!

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    1. Shelley, thank you so much, what lovely compliments!

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  12. I love it! You look as if you are on a tropical holiday wearing it...J

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