Tuesday, August 04, 2020

A Bold Floral Maxi

It's hot here.  It's August and we've recently gone through several heat waves.  August in the Mid-Atlantic states mean heat, humidity and high temperatures. With that in mind, I made the Lafayette 148 V-Neck Maxidress again.

Now even though I'm working from home, I still get dressed for Zoom meetings and for trips to the grocery store.  Plus I'm a little more nonchalant and slouchy at home with easy to throw on pieces getting the most wear. This is why I repeated this maxidress. It's comfortable, easy to wear and perfect for the heat!


I went deepstash for this one. The floral rayon fabric is from GStreet Fabrics in Rockville, MD. It's about 9 years old and it's from the last time I went to a GStreet Fabrics. I think this was in the first incarnation of the store and while it had nice fabric, it was not like the original GStreet of old. It was part of a fabric road-trip with Shams & Peggy in April 2011.

This piece of fabric was on the expensive side for me at the time - $12-15 a yard. I bought 4 yards of it. The tag only had GStreet Fabrics on it and the yardage. I remember loving it so much I just couldn't leave it. Otherwise everything else from that trip was from the $2.97 tables.

I used the pattern pieces that I'd altered with the changes described in my original Lafayette 148 knock off post.

The notions for this version are:
24" white invisible zipper
Design Plus Bias Fusible Stay Tape
Self made bias binding

The things I changed on this make:
o Made bias tape from the fabric scraps to bind the armholes
o Added stay tape to keep the neckline stable
o Omitted the neckline facings and used the self made bias binding instead
o There are no pockets in this one either

How the way the fabric drapes and moves makes this a favorite look!





The best thing about sewing repeats is that it's just about the sewing. I don't have to worry about fit or if pattern pieces go together because they do. I've already made it!

These photos were taken by my daughter too. Normally she travels in a group but today only one 9 year old little girl came with her. Of course she got in on the pictures too...


I have a couple more pieces to share before the month is out so they will be coming to the blog soon.


...as always more later!









 

47 comments:

  1. That child is growing. I’m glad you splurged on the fabric, and glad you sewed it up! I made it to g street once, I hope I get another visit. Though I’d go for the nyc fabric district first!

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  2. This fabric is gorgeous, and I'm so pleased you sewed it up. It looks lovely on you, and the pattern is just right for Summer. Enjoy your sewing mojo and be safe :)

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  3. That's a lovely dress in a beautiful fabric and you both look so happy.

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  4. Your dress may be comfortable, easy to wear, and perfect for the heat. It also looks classy. As does your granddaughter. I love her butterfly t-shirt.

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  5. Love the dress and the fabric. Did you patch your granddaughter's knees too? the patch job is exquisite also!

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    1. Ruth - I'm almost sure her Mom bought those pants that way! So no I didn't patch them! *smile* Thanks for loving the dress!

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  6. You've got a winner here, Carolyn. This drapes beautifully. That rayon skims so nicely. I've become a big fan of rayon "again" as I have rediscovered it during Covid and it is just so flattering on garments that drape and flow over the body. The print and color work so well too on you. Great pic with your little darlin'. You both look cool as can be in this hot weather.

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    1. Bunny - I've been plumbing my collection looking for rayon pieces. They are absolutely perfect for the weather and for this new lifestyle. I hope you find some new ones in yours to sew too!

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  7. Love this! The fit, the flowers, the flow, are all perfect on you!

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  8. I agree with Laura. Everything came together in this dress to make it absolutely perfect on you and for you. I love it.

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  9. Beautiful! How did you handle the point of the v neck with your bias binding? I'm making a top that's very similar and don't want to use a facing. Thanks!

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    1. Brenda - I eased it on keeping the seam (v-neckline) as straight as possible then sewed it down. Seriously that's all I did. I've used this technique a few times and it's always worked so that's what I did here.

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  10. What a magical dress-love it!
    Barb

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  11. Beautiful! You look terrific and the fabric is wonderful! Nice changes you made as well.

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  12. Such a happy print! You look fantastic!

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  13. Stunning! You look like the embodiment of joy. What a gift you are giving your granddaughter to see her grandmother looking so beautiful and happy!

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  14. No wonder you went for that fabric ��. Glad you get to enjoy wearing it now, it does look like the ultimate cool

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  15. I would have bought that fabric as well! what a gorgeous dress and I can't believe you kept it without sewing it up that long :) perfect summer maxi. so pretty and that pop of red looks great on you.

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    1. Beth - I bought that fabric because I loved it. I just couldn't leave it behind but it was totally inappropriate for the life I was living in Corporate America at the time. I've been touching a lot of pieces in the collection with appreciation for old me who bought what I loved because they're working so well now.

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  16. Gorgeous! Your dress, the fabric, the colour on you, your granddaughter...

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  17. The fabric says it all.. gorgeous! That color looks so good on you.

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  18. I just see your posts on Bloglovin' as I'm going through. Saw this and had to tell you I love the dress and it looks beautiful on you!!

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  19. Love the fabric, love the drape, love the way it looks on you! Perfect for hot humid weather!

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  20. Wow, pretty dress and it looks wonderful on you.

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  21. All your clothes are beautiful, nevertheless you could just wear this one every day (every hot day) for the rest of your life. The way it hangs, I can’t believe it’s not lined. I love, love, love it! Looking up G Street now.

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    1. nestki - it's not lined but it is the perfect weight rayon with the right amount of drape. The fabric is just amazing and was worth every penny!

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  22. Love that dress! But no masks 😢

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    1. Urs - I'm standing outside in front of my house. I think I'm okay and I'm not breaking NJ's mask law.

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  23. GORGEOUS! That fabric practically moves in the picture, absolutely amazing. I can see why you splashed out, and good on you for waiting for the perfect garment, because...well, this is it!

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  24. Beautiful dress on you! I am also wondering what the bias tape looks like at the point of the V. I also want to look this pattern up. I love v-necklines. Although I have so many patterns already!

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    1. Linda - I eased it using pins keeping the seam (v-neckline) as straight as possible then sewed it down. Seriously that's all I did. I've used this technique a few times and it's always worked so that's what I did here. This New Look pattern is out of print so maybe you can find it on eBay or etsy.

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  25. I LOVE that dress on you. It looks so comfortable and vibrant. Good choice of pattern to use on that fabric.

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  26. Great call on the fabric - it is stunning! And the dress looks so comfortable and summer chic!

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  27. That dress is fabulous and you really rock it!! I couldn't have left that fabric behind either - lol.

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  28. That lovely fabric just screams you, Carolyn! Radiant flowers for a radiant smile. Such a happy fabric and a joy to see you in it. :-)

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  29. Gorgeous. You and the fabric glow.

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  30. I understand completely why you couldn't leave it behind. It's lovely.... and it looks wonderful on you.... the colors are sooo pretty... it does complement you. LOVE IT!

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  31. You look amazing in this! Love those colors on you.

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  32. It's just fabulous Carolyn! It makes me happy just to see you in it and it obviously makes you happy.You certainly have a lot of treasures in your stash.

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  33. Love that fabric! You look smashing!!!

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  34. I loved G Street Fabrics. Back when I was working and having to go to conferences in DC area, I always visited the store. I purchased quite a few fabrics and all sewn now. I did enjoy their bargain table. I love this fabric and it is perfect for this dress! Enjoy wearing, it looks great on you!

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