Black and White Chevron Maxi Dress

It don’t matter if yo’ black or white…stripes don’t match up. Mine don’t.  I guess my cut must have been off grain, because I just couldn’t get those side seams to align without warping the fall of the dress. At least I nailed the chevron down the front.  Knocked off from this Anthro dress, it proved to be like unto a cloud as far as comfort goes. I just floated along while we had a long day searching for apartments in SLC (any great leads??) and taking ALL THREE of our kids to Tiny’s Drs appointment at Primary Children’s Hospital (don’t you LOVE it when your almost three-year-old wets his pants but you forget to pack back up so you have to shove his little fanny into your nine-month-old’s diaper without any pants? I do!)

I used the same basic cut as this top, and then just a simple a-line for the skirt. I also zigzagged some elastic at the waistline so it cinches with or without a belt.  I think I’m going to at least ten more maxis (ok, maybe just two), because they’ll be a dream through the hot summer. That and skirts. I’m planning on living in skirts. I hate how frumpy I feel in shorts (I was blessed with major dough-knees), so skirts and dresses win.  What are your summer staples?

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Heather Feather

Love this! and I recognize the fabric 🙂 I’m working on a maxi dress too! It’s totally going to be my summer staple. Cool and comfortable and I can sit on the ground with my son without flashing anyone!

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Lara

You have no idea how badly I want this dress! I have a hard time finding maxi dresses in the stores that I don’t have to layer underneath or on top of. This dress looks so comfy and cute and perfect! How did you go about the front chevron look? And, where did you buy your fabric? You are one talented chica!

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Miriam

I know! I hate having to layer dresses, it’s the worst! To cut the a-line, I just drew a line perpendicular to the grainline on the pattern, and lined the stripes up with that. It was really easy, but it did take me forever to figure it out. I got this knit from a guy who was selling some surplus fabric he had leftover from his work. Knits can be so hard to find!

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Emily

Those stripes match great and what a treat to run into you dressed in this all on a summer’s day.

I’d take five of those for summer…any day! 🙂

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Miriam

Thanks Katherine! The skirt that you had on the other day when we ran into the library was so cute! You are always wearing something adorable that you made! Cheers to skirts and dresses!

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Heidi

Haha, oh my goodness… This weekend I bought some stripy fabric and decided to make myself a shirt with a chevron pattern on the bottom, inspired by this dress. Then I tried to figure out how I wanted to do the top, and decided to do a one-piece top with kind of fluttery sleeves, thinking that I was being so original. I came back to this page, and what do I see? You had made a one piece shirt for the top of this dress, lol… I guess it must have been in my subconscious. I’m still going to do it how I planned, though. (Though, since mine is a maternity shirt rather than a maxi-dress, the top part is obviously going to be empire).

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Miriam

I do that all the time! I have this super genius idea, only to discover that I saw it somewhere….I’m sure it’s going to be awesome! It sounds amazing!

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Heidi

Well, I got it done, and I have to say that I’m really pleased with it. Even thought I did two really stupid things… First I cut out the top part of my shirt and then I didn’t lay it aside. When I cutting out armbands, I ended up cutting up the top of my shirt, lol!! Luckily, I was able to salvage it, though the bust part of the shirt ended up being 6 pieces instead of 1!! But it looks neater this way anyway. A bigger deal is that I forgot to check the tension on my machine and my thread ended up being way too loose and so the stitches were really visible. *sigh* I think I was able to fix the most visible seams.

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Miriam

oh my, that sounds CRAZY! SIX pieces?? I’ll bet it looks awesome. I have TOTALLY cut up pieces before, as well as throwing away as scraps small pieces. Glad you persevered!

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