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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More on the Maxi UFO - Butterick 4975

It was very satisfying finishing those pieces so quickly, however my sewing has since ground to a complete halt while I decide what to make next, so in the meantime here are some more details on the maxi dress.

This is the pattern, Butterick 4975 - now OOP.


I made the longer version but still had to shorten it by around 6 inches to stop the front dragging on the floor.


I left off the back zipper since it is a knit and instead added an elastic casing across the back just to make sure it stayed in place and covered my strapless bra.



For the same reason I ended up raising the front neckline a bit and covering the now non-gathered part with 3 cover buttons that I was able to make from the material I cut off the hem. The neckline is much more flattering when its left lower but until someone invents a low cut in front strapless bra that works in my size this will have to do!



My strap at the back neck turned out to be a bit long so I kept a long overlap, added a large snap and a decorative button on top to make it look symmetrical(ish).


Apparently after all the delays with the August Burda magazine, no copies are coming to Hong Kong at all. Oh well, from what I have seen and read I am not missing much but it will be the first gap in my collection since 2004. Lets hope they can get their acts together for the September issue - though from the preview photos, I have my doubts I'll want to sew anything from that one either.

19 comments:

Sue said...

Gorgeous dress and the fabric suits it beautifully! I like your buttons on the front to cover the fact you raised the neckline. It all works!

Karin van D. said...

It's beautiful. I love the fit and drape of this dress, very elegant!

toy said...

oh la la, how sexy is this dress on you. You look Fab Allison!

SemiCharmedWife said...

Wow--that looks amazing! I love the covered buttons!

Sara said...

Crap we also didn't get that Burda either. There was a Jackie O dress I wanted to make.

a little sewing on the side said...

Isn't that a nice dress! I bet it is nice to wear on a hot & humid day. The asymmetrical hemline is so fluid & feminine.

Erica B. said...

What a fun dress and it looks great on you!

Angela said...

Oh very nice!! I like the adjustments you made. When I looked at the front I thought... what buttons? Hehe.. once I enlarged them I could see them and I think it adds a nice element to the dress.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I love that take on the maxi! BTW, I had a dream last night that I was walking in Hong Kong and managed to stumble across the fabric market at Sham Shui Po and ran into you there. I think I need to get out of town...

amber said...

This is a great dress and I really like the changes you made to make it work with a strapless bra. I'm headed to Mood tonight and hope to find a similarly tropical-ish knit like yours to make another easy breezy dress before our vacation. Fingers crossed!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

I didn't love the dresses on the pattern envelope, but the dress you made is a knockout!! I LOVE that fabric! The front skirt ruffle is so great.

Venus de Hilo said...

Beautiful dress! Nothing like a tropical maxi to make an ordinary day feel like vacation. The covered buttons are a nice touch.

Reethi said...

Lovely dress! (And if you want the Burda magazine, let me know? They are easily available in Toronto...

Victoria said...

I am so drooling over this dress. They style and that shade of green is spectacular on you. What a fun print and overall gorgeous dress!!! PS. I like your button fix for the low cut front. Nice idea.
~Victoria
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Claire S. said...

Lovely dress !

I just got called - my Aug Burda is in and I'm going to pick it up tomorrow. I can check if they have any left, if you want.

lonelysecretary1 at hotmail dot com

senaSews said...

Beautiful dress, very flattering. I love the front gathering.

j.kaori said...

What a beautiful dress! I love the changes you made (buttons in the front and back) --- always fun to come up with fixes that make the garment even better!

Sigrid said...

The buttons looks like a special design feature. Very special dress that looks very good on you.

Denise@thebluegardenia.com said...

Gorgeous!