2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

June 27, 2013

MINI MAXI MARATHON...

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I'm sure everyone remembers this great pattern from a few years back that I just had to have. I usually don't purchase a lot of independent patterns, but this one drew me right in.  When I do make an inde purchase I feel that I have to make it up a number of times to justify the cost.

I made three maxi dresses from it last summer and they all turned out great.  So when I decided to do a Mini Maxi Marathon for my family members this was the pattern I chose.  I started the marathon on Sunday and completed the first dress for my baby sister Pat.  The Monday evening turned out to be a good night to sew so the second dress was finished for my sister Brenda.  Then there were a couple of nights where no sewing happened at all, but I did finally get to make the green and white dress for my Mom tonight.  Yes, all three are alike - which made it easier to make three of them in less than a week.  I'm hoping my peeps won't mind the look alike styles.  Maybe they can wear them on an outing - maybe a little afternoon trip up to lake country - mmmmm that would be nice.



I decided that making three maxi's would be a great way to help me do a little stash busting - 3 dresses = six yards used.  The two lively prints on the left are jersey knits purchased at Metro Textiles on one of my New York trips, and the ITY knit for the dress on the left was from Fabric.Com several years ago.    I still have enough of the ITY knit for another dress.

The Mission Maxi is a super easy dress to pull together, consisting of just two main pattern pieces and 3 bands to finish the neckline and armholes.  All three dress were machine hemmed using my longest zig-zag stitch to create lettuce hems.  I know my folks already have plenty of cute sandals  to pair with these dresses.
      
I also have plans for a maxi for me, but I'll use another pattern since I already have two made from this one...


20 comments:

  1. What pretty maxi dresses, Faye! Your heart is so big!!!! I'm sure the family won't mind having the same dresses as they are all lovely.

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  2. I'm sure they won't mind either - they will be sort of sisterhood maxi's) And in different fabrics they will all look like the individuals they are. I do hope they like your gifts :)

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  3. Lovely dresses! I would be totally stoked to receive any of these, I m sure your family will love them!!!

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  4. I love your print placement. You have such great style.

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  5. You're on a role. Sewing maxis is addictive. Like "Lays" potato chips, you can't make just one. TFS

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  6. What a super idea for gifts! And when it is such an on-trend pattern, pared with such beautiful fabric then it is win-win! Only downside is that they will be asking for more....;)

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  7. How sweet of you, I'm sure they will absolutely love their new dress, beautiful prints.

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  8. how sweet! I love all three of them!
    Helen

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  9. Great gift idea and they will love them. Great fabrics and patterns, Faye.

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  10. What a fun trio of dresses! I'm going to be sewing for my sisters this weekend, too.

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  11. I bet the ladies in your family are lovin those dresses! I know I would, they are so cute! You're a very sweet woman to do that for your family!

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  12. May I get on your gift list? I WANT that green one!!! Great prints Faye and what lucky girls!

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  13. What a lucky family you have. These dresses are all fabulous!

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  14. I'd like to be on your gift list too! Great job Faye and I love the title!

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  15. Pretty prints and lovely dresses. I am on kind of a sewing marathon myself. I have so many garments cut out and decided to concentrate on them this weekend.

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  16. Oh your family will be so pleased with their gifts! All of the dresses are so pretty and summery. I love the white fabric for the neck and armhole bindings on the green dress.

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  17. These are all great. Your favorite women will be very pleased!

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  18. You too are a great sister!Each dress is special and must have been well received.

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  19. The dresses being the same won't matter, because each fabric is different, and they're all pretty. Looks like great picnic-wear to me!

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