Monday, May 18, 2015

Sewing: Pink and Orange Empire Maxi Dress



I sewed this dress last year and May is the perfect time to wear it and share it, in keeping with Me Made May (#MMMay2015 #MeMadeMay2015), which is all about wearing more of the things we sew for ourselves. I wore this dress to church yesterday and I think this style would be great to wear to a wedding or summer bridal shower too. I sewed it with New Look pattern 6827, which appears to be out of print. I have always loved the empire waist line because I think it's really flattering and combined with a maxi length, creates the illusion of a taller me. At least that's my hope!



I made another version of this dress years and years ago in a black linen, which is such a classic look. This time I chose this vibrant fuchsia pink and orange (one of my favorite color combinations!) animal print linen. I purchased this fabric at Jo-Ann last year and it doesn't look like it's available any longer, but they have some other great solid colors and prints right now.

I am not big on accessorizing most of the time but I felt like this dress needed something to I shopped the bead aisle and Jo-Ann and threw together this necklace. If you look closely you'll see beading is not really my thing! I should figure out a better way to re-construct this...


This dress is so easy to wear. I lined it with a lightweight cotton so I don't have to worry about it being sheer, and the linen/cotton combination is nice and cool in the summer. The fit of the bodice isn't very close to perfect, and of course I was super compulsive about sewing this when I did, so I didn't make a muslin first. I'm going to make some adjustments if I sew another one. I'm actually in the process of making my own slopers right now so that I have the information I need to sew a perfect fit everytime. Dreamy, right?!

I'm hoping there are more sewn dresses in my future.


I think Scarlett in the Vintage Zoo Dress I sewed for Audrey years ago is a nice complement to my new dress. That Zoo Dress is one of my favorite projects--I love the zoo fabric and the combination of corals and reds. I'm so glad she likes to wear it.


Thanks to Audrey for taking these pictures. I think she prefers that side of the lens. Can't say I blame her.

We're more than half way through May. Are you wearing "me-made"? I need to add some more to my wardrobe in order to wear it! Hoping to sew one or two things before the month is out.



7 comments:

Jane said...

That's absolutely gorgeous and I agree, I think the empire-line is very flattering on you. It's also my favourite. Makes me wonder whether I should try an empire maxi some time. Great pattern.

GrayColors said...

I love the style! Very flattering on you! Great view! Looks like you were at Kenneth Hahn Park in Los Angeles

Sandra said...

I have to say that you have talent! It looks stunning...fit to you, so beautiful Anneliese.

Elasha said...

This is really lovely!

Kirstin Gentry said...

Love this Anneliese! It looks gorgeous on you!

stitchin7 said...

Your dress is lovely-the perfect color for you! How is it that you keep looking younger with the passage of time? I remember loving the vintage zoo dress when Audrey wore it. I still love it--the perfect pattern/fabric combo on the perfect little girl!

stitchin7 said...

Your dress is lovely-the perfect color for you! How is it that you keep looking younger with the passage of time? I remember loving the vintage zoo dress when Audrey wore it. I still love it--the perfect pattern/fabric combo on the perfect little girl!

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