Maxi Elisalex

I love maxi dresses for summer. For this project I combined the Elisalex sleeveless bodice with an a-line maxi skirt. I used a beautiful cotton voile from Spotlight and used plain black cotton voile from my stash for the lining.

Maxi Elisalex

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.

Elisalex Maxi Back View

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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 armseyce.  It means the front side piece is joined to a flatter/less curved front piece – adjusting for being smaller in this area.
  4. 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.