The Boho Chic Ikat Maxi Dress

ikat maxi jersey Mood Fabrics dressWhen I first saw this ikat jersey from Mood Fabrics, I knew it was supposed to be a maxi dress. Because this is one of those fabrics that simply speaks to you!  And it screamed, “Boho chic!”  And one with long sleeves is a great transitional garment for me.ikat maxi jersey Mood Fabrics dressAnd every so often, I like an easy, palette cleansing project and Vogue 8921 fit the bill. This pattern is simple and such a perfect way to highlight the fabric and allow it to be the star.
ikat maxi jersey Mood Fabrics dress
I made my usual alterations, which is to just lengthen everything! I added an inch to the waist and three inches to the skirt. Surprisingly, the sleeves were a good length so I didn’t have to lengthen them.
ikat maxi jersey Mood Fabrics dress
I decided to turn the fabric and cut it cross grain. I like the way the fabric looks that way. And since the print is not all uniform, there was no pulling out of the hair or gnashing of the teeth to match the fabric at the seams.
ikat maxi jersey Mood Fabrics dress
This fabric handled pretty well and feels excellent. It made this dress feel as if I was wearing a nightgown!  The drape is perfect for this sort of dress. It required very little pressing, only the seams. And that’s my kind of fabric! And this fabric is dark but colorful hues is a great addition to a fall wardrobe.

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Comments


  • Lauren
    September 19, 2013

    It looks amazing on you! Great fabric (looove that color, wow!) and it is perfect as a maxi dress.

    • Erica B.
      September 19, 2013

      Thanks Lauren!

  • anne jewell
    September 19, 2013

    erica, you look great in it!–anne

    • Erica B.
      September 19, 2013

      Thanks Anne!

  • Peter
    September 19, 2013

    Stunning! I love the diamond shapes the print makes draped on the diagonal. Beautiful job.

    • Erica B.
      September 19, 2013

      Thanks Peter!

  • Manju
    September 19, 2013

    Brilliant match of fabric and pattern. You look so glam!

    • Erica B.
      September 19, 2013

      Thanks Manju!

  • Lori
    September 19, 2013

    Very pretty dress, love the fabric.

    • Erica B.
      September 19, 2013

      Thanks Lori!

  • Wanett
    September 19, 2013

    This is completely perfect!!! Love those colors on you and you always rock maxi lengths so well!!

    You might end up with a dress twin in NYC ;o)

    • Erica B.
      September 19, 2013

      Go for it Wanett! That fabric is divine! Thanks!

  • Amanda S.
    September 19, 2013

    Gorgeous! Great marriage of fabric and pattern!

    • Erica B.
      September 19, 2013

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Rachel
    September 19, 2013

    I love ikat and I love maxi dresses! So basically I love this, especially how you were able to incorporate those two trends for fall.

    • Erica B.
      September 19, 2013

      Thanks Rachel!

  • Carolyn
    September 19, 2013

    This is lovely! Great fabric + great pattern = wonderful new maxi!

    • Erica B.
      September 19, 2013

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • coco
    September 20, 2013

    Love your maxi! my favorite length, I enjoy seeing new takes. Your fabric and color/ikat pattern are stunning.

    • Erica B.
      September 20, 2013

      Thanks Coco!

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 23, 2013

    Indeed this fabric was screaming MAXI! Great looking dress!

    • Erica B.
      September 23, 2013

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Amy
    September 24, 2013

    What a gorgeous pairing of fabric with pattern. Bravo! But, you never fail to impress, so I should expect no less from you!

    • Erica B.
      September 26, 2013

      Awww… thanks Amy!

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    September 26, 2013

    Erica, did you skip the zipper called for in the pattern?

    • Erica B.
      September 26, 2013

      Nope, the zipper is there. If you don’t see it, that means my installation was perfect! LOL