I wanted a change from my usual knee length skirts, and since I won't be going shorter, I decided to try out a maxi dress.
I love how flowy this one is. There certainly is a lot of fabric in that skirt and it's wonderful how it swooshes about my legs as I walk. The fabric is a soft and flowy, gauzy cotton with a diagonal weave and I think it works really well for this style. The indigo color makes it fit right in with my laid back Summer staples. The pattern is vintage McCall's 6544.
This dress is supposed to have gathers in the back neckline but I ended up getting rid of them. It was just too much volume. I did this by taking a long dart at center back down to the waistline casing to get rid of the excess fabric. So it looks like there is a center back seam down to the waist. I don't mind the dart, but if I make this dress again I will take a wedge out of the pattern at center back, tapering all the way down to the hem. It just seems neater :)
I also took out some width at the sides. I always expect vintage patterns to have less ease than modern ones. Vintage Burdas for instance tend to be smaller in the shoulder/upper bust area. However, I've been finding that American vintage patterns tend to size big, at least the ones I've tried, including from the 50s and 60s. Do you agree? So, yes, I trimmed this one down quite a bit and as you can see, there's still plenty of ease.
And a hook and eye to fasten the waist under the tie. both seem to perform well.
Aren't those buttons pretty?
This dress is really comfortable and the soft fabric makes it nice and cozy. This style is a change from what I'm used to, but I like it. Are maxi dresses a staple in your Summer wardrobe?