Braided Maxi Dress

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | braided jersey maxi dress

Hey Y’all! It’s a long weekend here in the US, and most everyone is out enjoying the sudden jump to summer temperatures. For me, that doesn’t mean “Beach” so much as it means “Concrete Rooftop,” but hey– it’s sunny. It’s warm. I’LL TAKE IT.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | braided jersey maxi dress

I am SO happy to be in maxi dress weather! I had a completely different garment planned for my May Mood post, but this jumped queue when the thermometer merrily climbed above 80.

Favorite season, favorite fabrics! Viscose jersey is another one of my loves– much like Rayon, it feels like you’re draped in your own personal air conditioner. I found this gorgeous print at Mood Fabric’s NY locale, matter of fact they had two color ways last I checked. If you’re in town, run-don’t-walk. It’sĀ loverly.Ā (Don’t feel left out if you’re shopping online– there are a bunch of choices here, and they’re on sale for the weekend!)

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | braided jersey maxi dress

So, this dress. I draped it one cold morning, as a sort of column dress, then went back in and added godets to the CB, CF, and sides seams, starting at about mid-hip height, to give it more volume. Why did I ever think I would not want swish-ability? The cold start to spring must have been affecting my noggin.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | braided jersey maxi dress

Not that my noggin is especially thoughtful when it comes to sewing plans in general. When I’m draping fabric, I think a bit about where I’m going, but not enough to avoid backtracking, if you know what I mean. I knew I wanted to use the scraps for a braided trim, but I didn’t know where they’d end up past enclosing the neckline…

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | braided jersey maxi dress

 

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | braided jersey maxi dress

THEY ENDED UP ERRRRRRRYWHERE.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | braided jersey maxi dress

Alrighty, I’ve got to go get some summer on! I mean, spring has pretty much been given the boot, yes?

Happy weekend, y’all!

Comments


  • ENicole
    May 28, 2016

    Absolutely lovely!!!

  • Erica Bunker
    May 28, 2016

    Just gorgeous! I love the braided straps!

  • Manju
    May 28, 2016

    Wow that is stunning! The straps make it.

  • Nancy
    May 29, 2016

    Creatively gorgeous from fabric choice to the braided trim! Enjoy your summer.

  • Janee
    May 29, 2016

    Really lovely dress – especially love that swishability. So creative, with all the wonderful braided straps. Happy summer to you!

  • JackyZ
    May 29, 2016

    This is beautiful…. I was looking for something to wear to the Caribbean this summer… is there a pattern? This would be perfect!

    • oonaballoona
      May 31, 2016

      sadly, no! i draped it– but you could easily add braided straps to an existing maxi dress pattern. just cut strips of jersey, braid away, and use them as straps!

      • Catherine
        June 1, 2016

        What do you mean you draped it?

        Absolutely gorgeous!

        • oonaballoona
          June 19, 2016

          i used my dressform to create the dress, by placing and cutting the fabric directly on the form. this was a pretty simple shape to drape, but of course having a body double is necessary!

  • Cindy S.
    May 29, 2016

    I am in awe. Just gorgeous!

  • Angie
    May 29, 2016

    fantastic dress!!!! so creative! your killin it in NYC.

  • Carolyn
    May 29, 2016

    Dayum girl this is GORGEOUS! I mean you started with the perfect fabric but those braids are the showstopper! I love where you took this…it’s just awesome!

  • Mary Finch
    May 30, 2016

    Girl, you are beautiful & your dress is as well. Congradul
    ations on making something that every girl & woman will want.

  • mokosha
    May 30, 2016

    wooow! you pretty much made my dream summer dress, gonna have to steal the idea from you šŸ™‚ gorgeous! and love the rooftop photos too

    • oonaballoona
      May 31, 2016

      you KNOW i can’t wait to see yours!

  • Becky
    May 30, 2016

    Incredible!! I love it. Lots and lots of skinny straps and the silhouette is perfection!!

  • Amy
    May 30, 2016

    The fabric, the straps, the length – perfection!

  • Mary Beth
    May 30, 2016

    The braided straps are fun…a detail you see often on RTW but not enough on garments sewn at home!

  • Jorja
    May 30, 2016

    You nailed it! Simply breathtaking!

  • oonaballoona
    May 31, 2016

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    thanks so much, y’all! i’m wearing it right this minute :))

  • Oh my gosh….the detail on this dress is BREATHTAKING! !!!! Brilliant how you placed the braids!!!!! I love it!!!

    Ruqayyah (ReDpants Designs)

  • Fiona
    June 2, 2016

    Marcy you’e so inspiring! The dress is a knockout anyway but that braided trim really takes it up a notch

  • Goodbye Valentino
    June 3, 2016

    I adore your dress you creative woman!

  • Angie B.
    June 5, 2016

    This is one of the most beautiful dresses I have seen.
    can you please do a tutorial or give more information on how you braided and applied your fabric.

    • oonaballoona
      June 19, 2016

      hi angie, thank you! i’ll try to get something up soon– it’ll likely be on my personal blog since it’s only finished garments here at MSN šŸ˜‰

  • Linda L
    June 23, 2016

    Gorgeous maxi dress! Love the braiding