Jersey Knit Maxi Dress

So what does a 5’9″ girl do when she wants a maxi dress and she cannot find one in a store long enough? In my house, you ask Mom to make one.

rayon jersey maxi dress
Meredith’s request was for a simple maxi dress out of some fabulous fabric.  I sent her right to Mood Fabrics and she created a Mood board just for her, appropriately named Meredith Maxi Dress. The Mood board is such a convenient way to gather virtual swatches for a pattern, garment type or fabric type.  Once Meredith had thoroughly searched the Mood site, she decided on Mood Fabrics’ jersey knit, which reminds me of an abstract garden painting.  A mixture of  blooms with the leaves and other green vegetation, a gorgeous color combination.rayon jersey maxi dress
Next Meredith had to decide on a pattern, she went with Vogue 8241, a pattern for woven fabric but easily changed.

The first thing I did was to lower the front neckline.  As shown on the pattern, it is a very high neckline and not a look Meredith wanted.  I used one of her favorite tops and we made the maxi dress neckline to match.
rayon jersey maxi dress
With the neckline lowered and the fabric a knit, I could eliminate the keyhole back opening.  I  redrew the back so I could place the back bodice on the fold.

I was limited on the fabric yardage but I did add a bit of flare to the bottom of the skirt, from the knees down.  With this flare, I added enough for  walking ease and cut the back on the fold also. No back slit necessary with the flare and stretch of a knit.
rayon jersey maxi dress

This fabric is so soft with the most excellent drape, Meredith couldn’t have done a better job with matching fabric to pattern.
rayon jersey maxi dress
I think she looks beautiful in her new maxi dress, a mix of elegance in the style of the dress and the fabric is the perfect touch to add a bit of fun and color.

rayon jersey maxi dress

A look from the side with a strong wind pushing the dress into her legs!rayon jersey maxi dress
If you are looking for a maxi dress pattern to sew up quickly for the end of summer, check this one out.  Only four pattern pieces make sewing and cutting quite easy and for fabric, head over to Mood Fabrics’ jersey prints for a wide selection. Oh, and don’t forget to set up a Moodboard to help you with your decision making process.
rayon jersey maxi dress

One thing about Meredith, she really thinks long and hard on any decision, unlike her mom who is quick to a decision.  In the past, this tendency would make me a bit impatient with her but now I appreciate this quality in Meredith.  This quality almost always results in a great decision, after all, just look at this fabric-pattern combination.  Meredith has a dress she will enjoy for years to come.

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Comments


  • Helen
    August 5, 2013

    It looks like a really comfy but flattering style. She looks fab

    • Lori
      August 5, 2013

      Thank you, Helen, she is thrilled with her new dress.

  • Isabel
    August 5, 2013

    Looks great on Meredith! I too have been SO pleased with the quality and beauty of the fabrics and notions that I have ordered from Mood. Lots of ideas and inspiration from the Mood Sewing Network members.

    • Lori
      August 5, 2013

      Thank you, Isabel, it is great fabric.

  • LLBB
    August 5, 2013

    Looove the fabric, colors/print/scale/etc.!

    • Lori
      August 5, 2013

      Thank you, it is great fabric.

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 5, 2013

    I love this dress on Meredith! It’s a great style for a young woman :)

    • Lori
      August 5, 2013

      Thank you, Sarah, it looks wonderful on her.

  • Kristine
    August 5, 2013

    Nice pattern! ;) fantastic fabric, too! Did you lengthen the bodice? I’m halfway through mine, popped it on, and regret not adding at least an inch of additional length…

    • Lori
      August 5, 2013

      Thanks, Kristine, I did add a bit to the bodice. Thank you,, we love the fabric.

  • Carolyn
    August 5, 2013

    What a great dress for your daughter!!!

    • Lori
      August 6, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn, it is so nice not to be 3″ too short and an awkward length. I think she will wear this quite a bit and enjoy it at college.

  • coco
    August 6, 2013

    How lovely! Meredith looks so pretty, love her fabric and pattern choices. Nice work, Mom!

    • Lori
      August 6, 2013

      Thank you, Coco. Meredith loves clothes, fashion and shoes, you should see her Pinterest boards!

  • Amy
    August 6, 2013

    I love the pink-green combo in that fabric. I’m getting ready to make a similar maxi dress, also in an abstract garden print. Here’s to hoping it looks half as good as this one does! You always make such perfect garments!

    • Lori
      August 6, 2013

      Thank you, Amy, I am sure your dress will be fabulous.

  • Ginger
    August 7, 2013

    This is gorgeous– Meredith made a great choice! Maxis really suit her, so I’m glad you were able to make one for her!

    • Lori
      August 8, 2013

      Thanks, I am so happy I was able to make one, too. The poor girl has tried on several in RTW, this is fabric is so much better than anything she say in the store.

  • Haylee
    August 8, 2013

    Ah love this! As a fellow tall girl I can very much appreciate this gorgeous dress. In fact now I’m inspired to make one for myself, that and use Mood’s moodboards more often- I need to get better at that.

    • Lori
      August 9, 2013

      Thanks, Haylee, hope to see your maxi dress soon.

  • Diana
    August 10, 2013

    Lovely dress, lovely fabric, and lovely daughter! I love this dress!

    • Lori
      August 12, 2013

      Thank you, Diana, she wore it to a wedding Saturday and looks so pretty.