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Date: 6/18/12 9:41 AM

In the Plus-size maxi dress topic brissie71 took a top pattern and lengthened it to a maxi. WOW does it look good! Then in the Fave maxi dress patterns topic ConnieBJ mentioned Simplicity dress #2443 could be lengthened to a maxi. Indeed it looks like a perfect maxi pattern.
I love maxi's when I am at home. Now I will look at any pattern that goes over the hips even if it is a long top pattern to see if it would work as a maxi. I am thinking just a vent/slit at the bottom to allow foot movement...or a minor amount of width adjustment would work.
Does anyone have tips and warnings in this lengthening process?

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Date: 6/18/12 10:36 AM

I think you hit the right points for lengthening one. Good luck!

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Date: 6/18/12 3:44 PM

Thanks, threaddy!I DO like maxi-dresses, too, but couldn't buy one at the shops with sleeves. I don't run sleeveless dresses much, so decided to look to my existing pattern stash to see what I could come up with.

For me, there needs to be enough circumference at the hem to walk normally. I'm not really a dainty person and I don't want to be tripping along, taking tiny steps.

To that end, if I was going to lengthen a top or shorter dress, it would need to be made from a knit and have a slight a-line shape to the skirt. If it didn't have that, I would simply angle the side seams out a little to give it that shape. Also, a little bit of gathering or something like that under the bust gives a couple of extra inches. I have found that I don't want massive amounts of fabric around my legs as it just get overwhelming.

I haven't ever made a maxi-dress out of a woven before - for no other reason than I LOVE my knits. But I'm sure it would work, you'd just have to be a lot more careful about that whole hem circumference thing, or start introducing slits somewhere.

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Date: 6/18/12 3:51 PM

The only other tip I would add to this is to make sure that the seaming where the skirt is attached has enough stability to hold the weight of the extra fabric without distorting the bodice.

I'm might just jump on this maxi-dress bandwagon myself - there are some lovelies being made!

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Date: 6/18/12 7:31 PM

Good point about the bodice. This is adding another dimension to my searching for patterns. If I am cleaning and move around a lot pants are better. If I am sewing or doing bookwork I just love the maxi. I live in a cold climate so short dresses just don't work. I could never be June Cleaver. I'd be frozen most of the time in that get up, not to mention a nice breeze up my leg everytime I move....brrrr!

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Date: 6/18/12 7:33 PM

Thank you so much. You have really changed the way I look at patterns!

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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
Dan 9:24-27

Bernina vintage and computerized, Bernina and BL sergers , BLcoverstitch (a stray Pfaff and Viking followed me home too)

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