Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Essential: The Maxi Dress

What's the one boho chic thing you need in your closet for the summer????  The Maxi Dress of course!  I love maxi dresses.  They're so comfy, they're easy to dress up or down, and they make you look sooooooooooo tall!

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This is a Cynthia Rowley design for Simplicity.  At first I had a hard time figuring out the waistband but once I figured that out it was smooth sailing. 

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Still in the Simplicity stock line-up!
The straps are self made bias binding.  I was nervous about this part because I figured there was no way the straps would end up being the right length, but they were!  They fit perfectly.

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Here's a close-up of the pattern on the fabric.  It's a very slippery slidey polyester.  I know, I know, euwwwww.  Everyone hates polyester.  But sometimes it works.  Sometimes it flows, and sometimes it washes 10 times better than other fabrics....so sometimes I use it.  Besides, I figure if I'm going for a 70's vibe I might as well go all the way~

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And because I like you guys so much I'm going to share another maxi dress!  (Two for one, just for you)

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For this one I used this great vintage pattern from 1979.

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The pattern is a sort of basket weave look (yes, more polyester).

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How about you?  Do you go for the maxi dress?  I think they're great for everyone, every size, every shape.  There are so many variations.   What's your summer go to outfit?  Leave a comment~


21 comments:

aStarToSteerHerBy said...

very cute! I love the fabric choices!!!! I'm a big fan of summer dresses myself as a go to outfit! When it's 95 degrees out though, the maxi is too hot for me!

Chef in Training said...

SO CUTE! I love these dresses and your is super cute! Your fabric choice is beautiful! I found your blog through a link party and i LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

~Beth D. said...

the fabric is gorgeous! i love the dress as well.

By the Bluegrass said...

So cute! you did a fantastic job and I love the fabric!
xo,
Sena

AllieMakes! said...

So cute! Maxi's are one of my favs! Cuz I need more height (lol at 5'10"...) Those look fabulous!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Spittin-Toad said...

Wow-I love them both...and by the way they look better on you than the models!! :)
Denise

Vanilla Bean Crafts said...

I love them both! You have the perfect figure to pull them off!!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

This dress is awesome! You did such a good job!

Suburbsmama said...

They look great! I love maxi dresses and skirts. http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/

WobiSobi said...

You are so very talented!! and beautiful! Love both of these dresses!!!!!

Mindy said...

Love these! You look great, of course!

Rita@martenssmily said...

Very cute!!! Good job!!! :)

southernscraps said...

Great job on the dresses. So pretty!

Karenkay said...

Lovely dresses, nice fabric choices!

April said...

Love it! You did a fabulous job! ~April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy

Jenn said...

Great designs!

Rachel said...

Beautiful! Both your dresses came out just gorgeous, and you look like you're a billion feet tall in them . . . very nice :-) Great work! I love it!

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

this is so cute! i've been wanting to find a maxi dress that looks good on me! this one looks fab on you! :)

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday !!

DeniseAngela said...

I love maxi dresses too! Yours are so pretty.....they are so perfect for summer!

Amy said...

You did a great job, love the fabric!! I also love to wear maxi dresses, they are so comfy!

pennies for luck said...

I love both of your dresses! These are so great!

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