M7122 – Easy Floral Maxi


I LOVE this dress! It’s from the McCalls Learn to sew for fun pattern line and as such is a very quick and easy sew. I actually made this dress awhile ago but realized that I forgot to blog about it because I’ve been trying to take my pics outside. Unfortunately that’s not always possible and it’s resulted in my not photographing some looks so I’ll photograph inside if necessary. It’s such a joy to wear, I should definitely make this one again soon. 

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Pullover tunic and dresses (close-fitting through bust) have neck band and narrow hem. A: Side slits. A, C, D: Long sleeves. B: Cap sleeves. D: Back slit. Close-fitting leggings have elasticized waist, no side seams and stitched hem.

Pattern Sizing: 4-14 and 16-26

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Close enough. The maxi on the envelope used long sleeves I made it with short sleeves. The long sleeves would make it great for the Fall. 

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are super easy since the pattern is for beginners. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love that the maxi is made with a neck band instead of just folding over. 

Fabric Used:I used a polyester knit. It’s heavier than an ITY but not too thick. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No changes. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely make this again and recommend it for sewers of all levels. 
Conclusion: This is a great pattern that I know I’ll make to wear all year long with the sleeve options. 


I love the drape of this fabric. 

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DIY Floral Mimi G Regal Maxi Skirt

This is the original Mimi G tutorial and I have had it for ages but somehow never got around to it.  I actually started making this in July right before leaving for the conference and after staying up all night sewing, just could not finish.  I’m usually a roll with it kind of girl but when my sewing doesn’t go as planned I tend to pout and hold grudges.  I literally put the skirt up on our way out the door in July and refused to touch it again until this week, when in the middle of an unusual heat wave I decided to finish it so I wouldn’t have to wait several months to wear it.

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It was hard to get a still shot of the skirt outside because it was super windy but the wind did create some cool shots of the movement of the skirt.

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Pattern Description: Regal Maxi Skirt

Pattern Sizing: pattern is drafted to your measurements

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty close, I just didn’t include the sash.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Mimi is an excellent teacher and her directions are always so clear and easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This went together with such ease and I think you get a really sophisticated look for not a lot of fuss. I also like that the pattern is so versatile. Sash, no shash, short, maxi, midi, prints, solids, endless options

Fabric Used: Poly Shantung

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations, I just chose to make it without the sash and belt loops.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely, I already have another cut out.

Conclusion: This is another winning tutorial from Mimi at mimigstyle.com. What I love about this and the other tutorials I’ve made is that you can just change up the fabric, length and styling and build an entire wardrobe around these 5 or 6 easy basic pieces.

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DIY Maxi Dress S1358

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I actually started making this dress in August to wear to a birthday party but of course, as usual, I ran out of time and ended up wearing something else.  I had packed the  pieces away for next year as the weather was starting to change and I’m actually excited about Fall fashion this year.  THAT was before this heat wave hit.  The temperature has been in the high 90’s low 100’s and it’s expected to last all week.  I thought that was a great opportunity to finish up this dress.  I love UFO’s (unfinished objects) because you can jump right in and start sewing and the project is almost instantly complete.

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This  fabric is dreamy.  I bought a bunch of it a couple of years ago as a Trendy Knit from Fabric Mart.  It’s a cotton lycra and it drapes beautifully, move well,  breathes so it’s cool and it literally feels like you are walking around in your pajamas.  I liked the fabric so much that after my initial order, I actually went back and ordered a print that I wasn’t super fond of  just so I could actually make lounge wear.

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this racer back detail.  It adds  little sex appeal to the dress but it’s also modest enough to still be bra friendly.

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 The Review

Pattern Description: Misses’ Knit Dresses with Neckline Variations

Pattern Sizing: This is a multi-sized pattern with sizes XXS-XXL all in one envelope.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy including how to attach the neck and armscye bands.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how easy it comes together, I love that the neck and armscye is finished with a band rather just folder over and stitched I like the modest racerback so that it is still bra friendly and I’m really digging the front split.

Fabric Used: A trendy knit from Fabric Mart it feels like cotton lycra

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t make any alterations or design changes.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Even though it’s October, I finished this dress because we’re having a bit of a heat spell this week but I will definitely be making many of these for Spring and Summer 15. I would definitely recommend this as one to try.

Conclusion:  I love this dress, I wanted this pattern because I wanted a go to casual maxi that I could use as base for my warm weather wardrobe, this pattern definitely fits the bill.