10 Jun Garment # 16 Simplicity 1612
TGIF Dear Readers! Would you believe I never wore Maxis until I started sewing?
I just finished my ‘Weekend Maxi’, perfect for leisurely Saturday strolls through markets and poolside afternoons.
Here it is when I’m standing at attention.
The pattern is Simplicity 1612 , a very easy sew with some pizzazz thanks to the cute details.
I made View C which features a front twist, an open back and a flared skirt. What I love about this pattern besides the ease in which it is assembled, is the coverage of the bodice. The neckline is flattering and never gapes or slips open ~ ever. I apologize for no construction photos just to show you how easily the front twist goes together.
In my muslin, I noticed a front bodice seam cut across the bust apex.
The seam probably cups slightly under the bust for A & B cups. There were no textbook tutorials on this one so I guessed and lengthened the front bodice on the lower edge by 1 inch which did the trick.
The cute back is simply twisted before being attached to the back skirt. An elasticized facing keeps the back nice and snug.
My fabric is from Spoonflower, the online customized fabric store which offers 20 types of fabrics using your own designs, and also provides a huge selection of designs submitted by artists and fabric designers. In other words you could upload any design to the site and print it on the fabric of your choice, be it cotton, silk, woven, knit etc….
It’s a fascinating concept but one I haven’t mastered. Nonetheless my fabric is fine. I chose from a Spoonflower design, then selected my fabric, a cotton spandex jersey. The fabric arrived perfectly printed on grain. Samples are available for $5.00/swatch. I bought my fabric and have no affiliation with Spoonflower.
Though this pattern is a few years old, I missed it and only recently discovered it on the Pattern Review website through some of my favorite reviewers. In my Ready-to-Wear days, I wouldn’t dare copy a friend by buying the same dress, but in sewing it’s different 🙂
We encourage our sewing friends to make the same patterns and try the same fabrics!
Speaking of sewing friends, I want to thank The Pattern Review Website for featuring me as its June Member-in-Focus. I love the collage that was created for the PR page and didn’t realize that I had reviewed 130 patterns since I joined!
I stumbled upon this wonderful site in September 2o11, only a few days after I started my blog, and have been a dedicated member since. With over 300,000 members offering reviews on all things sewing, the Pattern Review Website is my go-to place for checking out pattern reviews, book reviews, classes and more. Best of all, many of my close sewing friendships were formed through the Pattern Review Website, something hard to explain to my non-sewing friends 😉 It is a true gem!
Best wishes to all for a great weekend!