Missoni-esque Jersey Maxi Dress

I continued the maxi dress theme with a fabulous maxi for me, purchasing Mood Fabrics’ Missoni-esque Jersey Print for the dress.

matte jersey maxi dress

The colors seem perfect for late summer into early fall, plus Missoni is a look I love. I selected McCall’s 6700 and I went to work. My work was short-lived, I did not order enough fabric the first time– oops. No worries, I went right to my Mood Fabrics’ order history, found the sku number and reordered more yardage. My package arrived in no time and back to work I went.

mood-jersey-maxi-dressI was careful to match the side seams and keep the pattern balanced on the skirt front and back. I just love the blue in the pattern of the fabric, such a contrast from the earth tones and gives the fabric a bit of pop.

mood jersey maxi dress sq2Like Meredith, I am tall–about 5’8″–but I add my length always to the bodice as I am long-waisted. An inch was enough for this bodice and the waist hits me in a much better spot. I did some measuring of the skirt and the length seemed perfect. Now let’s talk about this bodice, I did not want any gaping in the v-neck, so I serged 3/8″ elastic to the raw edge of the bodice neckline. I subtracted 3″ from front measurement and the back measurement. When I talk about the measurement, it is the flat pattern measurement minus the seam allowances. To finish the front edges, I turned the raw edge under and used my coverstitch to hem the edge. The elastic was the perfect solution, it keeps the bodice close to my body and no gaping open. After all, I need to pick this cute little guy up quite often:me-and-stetson

I omitted the elastic in the shoulder seams. I put it in a couple of times and continued to take it out. It just wasn’t looking right, so out it went for good. The pattern has a casing with a larger seam allowance from the skirt-bodice seam, insert the elastic into the casing. It seems to be just the right amount to keep the waist in place and the belt covers up the look of the elastic. I did make the self-fabric belt but Meredith said this wasn’t a look I wanted and a black belt would look better. Who am I to argue with the fashionista?

mood jersey maxi dress3

The final bit of fun on the dress is the tie on the back, a small tie, inserted under the shoulder seams. A nice little feature.

mood jersey maxi back

This dress was fun to sew, because it has a few extra features that make it a bit more fun. The best part of the dress is the fabric, this jersey print is just beautiful and really makes a statement. Here is my statement: I have a fabulous new dress. Now hubby, let’s go on a date!

mood jersey maxi dress square

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Comments


  • Amanda S.
    August 16, 2013

    Wow! I love this! What a great fabric!

    • Lori
      August 16, 2013

      Thank you, Amanda, I love the fabric, too.

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 16, 2013

    Hubby should definitely tAke you on a date in your new maxi! Great fabric placement!

    • Lori
      August 16, 2013

      Thanks, Sarah, I hope next weekend will be date night, tomorrow heading to take Meredith to college.

  • Carolyn
    August 16, 2013

    It is a beautiful fabric made up into a wonderful dress!

    • Lori
      August 16, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn, I love wearing it.

  • Katie
    August 16, 2013

    Beautiful dress, Lori! I love the print placement!

    • Lori
      August 16, 2013

      Thank you, Katie.

  • Peter
    August 16, 2013

    What a great job you’ve done placing and balancing the print — it’s gorgeous and I love the color template. Beautiful dress!

    • Lori
      August 16, 2013

      Thank you so much, Peter. It was a fun dress to make and I am thrilled with the fabric.

  • Ginger
    August 16, 2013

    Wow! This is a showstopper! The print really makes this simple silhouette special! I love the way you used the colors– really cool.

    • Lori
      August 16, 2013

      Thanks so much, I am so thrilled with the fabric and the pattern.

  • Diana
    August 17, 2013

    This is just lovely ,Lori. I love the fabric and how well you matched the fabric..It looks wonderful on you. Your little one is cute as a button.

    • Lori
      August 18, 2013

      Thank you, Diana, I am thrilled with my dress. and I cannot how big my grandson is getting. He is just too funn.

  • Cissie
    August 17, 2013

    Great dress, Lori. Right after I saw this on you, I saw a picture of Nicole Richie is a maxi dress out of the same fabric — an Issa dress for $995! What a bargain for you.

    • Lori
      August 18, 2013

      Oh, wow, I will have to find that picture, thanks for the information. I did get a bargain in my dress. Thanks.

  • Cissie
    August 18, 2013

    I’m embarrassed to say that it was in US magazine, or something equally tacky. When I’m at the beach with my girls, we load up on trashy magazines and sit on the beach and critique the stars (most of whom I am not familiar with!).

    • Lori
      August 18, 2013

      Thanks for the info, those are perfect magazines for the beach.

  • Ann's Fashion Studio
    August 19, 2013

    Gorgeous dress! It really is beautiful on you and I too love that fabric. Such a cute baby :)

    • Lori
      August 20, 2013

      Thanks, Ann, it was a fun dress to make.

  • anne jewell
    August 19, 2013

    you look great in the dress and your ‘accessory’ is so cute!–anne

    • Lori
      August 20, 2013

      Thank, Anne, you are right – he is the cutest.

  • Beth Conkwright
    August 20, 2013

    Looks fantastic. Love the fabric.

    • Lori
      August 20, 2013

      Thank you, Beth, it is wonderful fabric.

  • Kay
    August 21, 2013

    It is so pretty!

  • Amy
    August 21, 2013

    Gorgeous dress! What a beautiful fabric, and what a great pattern. I’ve been on a maxi dress kick lately, so I’ll have to remember this pattern!