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Plus-size maxi dresses
Avoiding the "Thar she blows" look...
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Date: 6/17/12 8:15 PM

Very tempted to sew myself a summer maxi dress, very NOT keen to waste a large amount of fabric and find that I look like a whale and have billows of fabric tangling round my shins!

Any favorite styles or patterns?
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Date: 6/17/12 11:05 PM

It's been awhile since I made one (and of course I can't find the pattern to tell you the number) but I found that a relatively straightish maxi looks best on me and avoids that about-to-fly-away look. Just remember to leave a side slit to the knee (ask me how I know this, sigh......)

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Date: 6/18/12 2:59 AM

I've lengthened Simplicity 3624 into a maxi-dress before and am about to do another one. That gave sufficient room around my shins to walk normally, but didn't billow out of control. I made it out of a fairly drapy knit, though.

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Date: 6/18/12 3:36 AM

That dress looks great. I like the coverage on the arms too. I often think of maxi dresses as having spaghetti straps, so I never even think about sewing them. Might have to revisit that idea :)

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Date: 6/18/12 8:05 AM

Kelley I have to say, that maxi is beautiful! You look gorgeous! What a great idea
To lengthen your favorite top. Did you review this?

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Date: 6/18/12 9:06 AM

Your dress turned out great!! It is very flattering. Please do a review so others will find your dress.
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Date: 6/18/12 9:24 AM

There are 2 other maxi dress discussions going on. On the Fave Maxi Dress Pattern one there was a discussion on lengthening a short dress pattern to a maxi. Now this is a top. Very nice! I suppose any pattern that goes over the hips could be lengthened. Room to move the feet could be accomplished by a vent or slit. I will re-look at any pattern now to see if it could be lengthened as I really love maxi dresses when I am at home. They look nice and are comfortable.
Would love to hear what tips people have to avoid pitfalls in this lengthening process...OK ...I'll start a new thread on this topic

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Date: 6/18/12 1:35 PM

ooooh, pretty

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Date: 6/18/12 1:44 PM

REALLY gorgeous! Fab print!
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Date: 6/18/12 3:36 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. I didn't mean to railroad this thread.

As suggested, I've posted a review of this dress in case anyone else wants to use that pattern (or similar) to create their own maxi. It's a bit spotty in areas because I sewed it so long ago, but it's a fairly straight forward process, I think.

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