Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kitschy Coo Dolman Top maxi dress

Since I wear my maxi dresses at least twice a week, Myra has decided that she needs her own "gown".
She really doesn't need more clothes. But this was a nice easy project after a week away from my sewing room.
I used the Kitschy Coo Dolman top pattern as a base, and then added an ankle length skirt based on my tutorial.
I jazzed it up a little with a striped neckband cut on the bias, and some 4mm Hotfix gems accenting one of the hearts. Every girl needs a little bling.
The fabric has been in my stash a while. I think I bought it at Walmart when we lived in Texas, so it is at least 2 years old. It's a very lightweight jersey with only about 15% stretch, so it works for an unfitted style like this.
The jersey drapes really nicely, but you can see that the skirt is actually quite full. I cut as much width as I could after cutting out the bodice pieces, so it is about 1 3/4 times the bodice width. The elastic at the waist pulls it in more and gives the dress a little shape.
Myra is really thrilled to have her own gown. I wasn't sure that a maxi dress would be practical for a busy nearly 5 year old, but she's been playing and climbing hard in it without mishap. And she feels like a princess, which is one of the things I love about my maxi dresses.
Of course, her favorite part is the sparkle. I see a lot of Bedazzling in my future...


  1. Love that gal and the dress!

    Marge R.

  2. Adorable! This reminds me, I need to make some repairs to the leopard challis dress I made Felicity several months ago. I did a totally shoddy job on the neck elastic bias. DERP.

  3. It's so sweet. I love the subtle bejeweling.

  4. 'A little bit of bling everyday' is my moto too!

  5. It must be lovely to have such an appreciative and inspiring model- this is too cute!

  6. So cute - and the dress, too!

  7. Myra looks adorable in this dress and I can't wait for more bedazzeling.