I made a not so basic Summer Basics Maxi Dress and I am in love! I think a basic tank dress pattern is perfect for standout prints. It’s a pretty simple A-line silhouette with an empire waist and it just skims over the body in all the right ways. Very suitable for a busy print that needs to shine on its own without too many other complications or distractions.
My fabric is definitely busy. It’s an absolutely stunning tile print ITY knit in a mix of pastels and brighter colours. The tiles have a mix of prints and different lines as well. It’s such a fun print and I knew it needed a pretty simple pattern to show it off. If you know me, you know I love a good maxi dress. A girl can never have too many maxis in my opinion! They make it look like you’ve put in so much effort getting ready, but you really just threw on a dress.
Because the print is so busy, I wanted to find a way to break up the bodice and skirt so you could actually see a separation. I also didn’t want to have to match lines in the tiles. I decided to turn the skirt pieces on the bias. Ofcourse you’d need extra fabric if you go this route. I had 3 yards on hand. Luckily, the back skirt pieces are cut with a center back seam to save fabric which is definitely needed for cutting on the bias. It also makes it so much easier to do a sway back adjustment if you need to. I had no idea this would happen, but I look so much taller with the tiles running diagonally! So that’s definitely a tip if you’re a shortie like me. Diagonal lines give the illusion of extra height!
Let’s chat about the pattern a bit. The Summer Basics is a tank and dress pattern and it does have a few options as do all of Love Notions patterns.
- Fitted tank top
- Knee length dress
- Maxi length dress
- Shelf bra option
- Full bust option
The armholes and neckline are finished with binding which is super easy to sew and there is a really helpful video in the tutorial too. I’ve seen alot of sewists asking about doing bands instead. That’s a really easy change to make. Bands should be 85% the length of the space you’re applying it to. And ofcourse you can pick your own desired width. The joy of sewing!
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I really wanted to do a Youtube video about this dress. I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but I am practically a zombie right now. I had my first dose of the vaccine the day before this shoot and I felt like I was passing out the entire time. I had no idea it would be this bad. I literally feel like I’ve been hit by a big truck. That being said, I probably won’t be able to do as much for this sale as I’d imagined but I hope you love everything I do manage to share this week!