Good morning gremlins! Stay away from the water! I like you cute and fluffy!!

So last week I alluded to the dress that I made and this weekend I finally took some photos. This is yet another version of the super-easy maxi dress from Kwik Sew (3856.) I’m teaching this class on Friday and thought it’d be fun to make a more fall-like version to bring in the supposedly frosty temperatures that are on the way later this week.

For my fall version of the maxi dress I used a very stretchy ITY interlock-type fabric that we have at the shop. Isn’t the print super fun!? It’s hard to see in the photo, but the print is a mix of black and brown which makes it pretty versatile for mixing and matching. I added a contrast band to the hem of the skirt because I was a bit short on yardage and wanted the skirt to be ground-brushing so I can wear with heels.

In the first photo I’m wearing with heels for a late summer look, but once I tried it on I got a hankering for a cropped flashdance style sweater to make it nice and cozy. I used the bodice from McCalls 7523, a very oversized, blocky dress from the 90’s. I added a tie to the hem so I could cinch it a bit. It’s SUPER comfy in a Dana Buchman meets yoga studio way.

The sweater is made from a heathery grey rayon/spandex sweater knit that’s light and perfect for fall.

I added a turtle neck, thinking this might stretch the dress farther into the cold months. With knee-high boots and leggings this will be perfect in the middle of the winter!

I’m super excited that this favorite summer dress pattern transitions so well into fall! If you’re in Minneapolis join me next at Friday night’s class and make yourself a fall maxi dress – we just got a bunch of knits in at the shop that would be perfect for cozy fall maxi’s… we even have black and white polka dot interlock. Now I KNOW you gremlins can’t resist a polka dot maxi dress, can you!



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