I love maxi dresses for summer. For this
The dress came together really easily and will be perfect for what is gearing up to be a really hot spring and summer here in Sydney.
I adjusted the bodice so that it closes with a side zipper rather than a back zipper, very simple to just cut the back bodice on the fold.
The inside lining worked out really well and gives a clean finish. It only goes to the knee.
For future reference here is a verbal description of the adjustments I made to the bodice pattern to get it to fit my very not-hour-glass top half:
- Shaved a good inch, possible more off the shoulder seams plus angled them for a standard forward shoulder adjustment. This fixes the wrinkling at the shoulders/from the armpit up and adjusts for having very small sloping shoulders.
- Lowered the armhole curve 1/2″ otherwise, the armhole was too small after taking up so much at the shoulders. I could probably do with making this a smidge bigger as they still feel slightly too small. (I have tiny shoulders but larger arms).
- Took a good 1/2″ of the front centre pattern curve, starting at the armhole and tapering to nothing at the second notch in (the one closest to the bust apex)- this fixes the massive gaping at the arms
eyce. It means the front side piece is joined to a flatter/less curved front piece – adjusting for being smaller in this area.
- Shaved off a wedge from the centre back piece, so that it goes straight up rather than angling outward to be wider at the neckline than the waist. This fixes the gaping back.