Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Women's Magazine Street Maxi + A Giveaway!


I was provided this pattern free of charge, but all opinions are my own.

Hey guys! Shannon and I are so excited to be a part of the Seamingly Smitten pattern tour today and share a really great pattern (and a giveaway!!) with you all.  I already own a couple of Seamingly Smitten patterns, so when Jenny contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in trying another pattern, it was an easy yes!

www.etsy.com/shop/seaminglysmitten

My initial inclination was to sew up the Magazine Street Maxi Dress for Girls because I've been eyeing it for-ev-er, but my daughter, Haley, has enough dresses to last her until she's 42 and I have a pile of gorgeous knit from Girl Charlee just waiting to be cut into, so I thought it was about time I did some selfish sewing!


I chose The Magazine Street Maxi for Women because it's such a versatile pattern that's great for summer, but can easily transition into fall and winter with a shrug or cardi.


The Pattern:
First off, Jenny makes all of her tutorials very easy to follow with plenty of step-by-step instructions and pictures so if you're a beginner, have no fear! She also explains how to measure and adjust the pattern for your size for the perfect fit. I sewed up a medium top and bottom, and the sizing was right on (though next time I might go for the longer bodice length.) There are also several different options for sleeves (I did a cap sleeve) and a slit if you'd like to adjust for some extra leg room.



The Fabric:
I wanted a comfy, versatile dress, so I made it entirely from knit (though you could easily make the skirt portion from cotton.) The chevron is a nylon spandex that looks like it's out of stock at the moment (here it is in a different color), and the black is from my stash. I can always count on Girl Charlee for adorable, quality prints (PS anyone else a huge fan of their bargain lot sales??) I had a little bit of a hair tearing out moment as I sewed the bodice to the skirt since the spandex is a bit slippery, but luckily we both survived the experience and I have an adorable dress to show for it! And also don't look too close at my pattern matching, k? ;)


The Mods:
I did make a few modifications to the dress, just based on my own personal preferences. Rather than folding the neckline down and sewing as stated in the tutorial, I cut a band from my black knit and serged it around the neckline. I also raised the back neckline several inches. Finally, I couldn't keep the idea of making the skirt hem into a high-low hem, so after sewing everything up, I cut the bottom similar to how I did in this tutorial. The high-low hem is a great way to make the dress a little breezier for summer!

I love my new dress! Thanks for another great pattern, Jenny! Jenny was also sweet enough to include a 50% off coupon for her etsy shop through July 25th. Click below to visit her shop and choose from one of her many adorable patterns.

www.etsy.com/shop/seaminglysmitten
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Now onto the giveaway! 3 lucky winners will receive their choice of 5 FREE sewing patterns from the Seamingly Smitten etsy shop! Enter using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below. Good luck!

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2 comments:

  1. Jen, I LOVE this dress!! The chevron and high/low hem make this a head turner!! I hope you LOVE wearing it all through Fall, too!! Thank you for being a part of the pattern tour!!
    Jenny Hall
    Seamingly Smitten owner/designer

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