Another Rayon Maxi Dress

Can you tell that I’ve been feeling MAXI lately? This is the third maxi dress I’ve made this year and I’ve only made 5 dresses this year so far. Wow, i am productive this year!

I followed  Simplicity 3745 exactly, but lengthened it to a maxi length. I actually made three (1 and 2) dresses using that pattern when I first started sewing  (I forgot to take photos of my 3rd attempt). None of them were very good because of my poor fabric choices. I remembered this pattern being pretty hard. But this time, I found it rather easy! And I know I will be wearing this dress over and over again so its a success! I LOVE the curved band below the bust. Since you cant see it clearly due to the floral, here’s the technical drawing:

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The only thing I dont like about this pattern is because of the way its constructed, its hard/not possible to enclose the zipper between the shell and the lining, which i like to do to make the finishing looking more professional. But it is the nature of having that band on the waist.

(As you can see we are overrun with tiny peaches and nectarines this year. I really need to aggressively trim our trees next year).

(Here’s me juggling some peaches!)

Well, I love how this looks and as usual, i LOVE rayon. I have two more rayon florals that I plan to make more maxi dresses of :D. Another thought – its actually rather hard to find rayon prints thats not a crazy floral. You always see really cute, adorable patterns on cotton, but never rayon. I always wondered why – is it because its impossible to dye clear, distinguished colors on rayon?

12 thoughts on “Another Rayon Maxi Dress

  1. Love, LOVE the print. And also the colors on you! Btw, are those peaches you’re juggling photoshop-ed?

    1. nope! they look a little photoshopped because of the flashes. but they were actually in the air at that moment.

      (now i am really perpetuating a lie by saying nothing but truth here 😉 )

  2. I love a good maxi dress! I’m with you about being perplexed by the wacky florals in rayon…but I know they’re capable of printing details, because I have one with really tiny design lines that’s *still* floral.

  3. I love rayon challis also and make lots of skirts out of it. I have some lovely prints that I bought years ago with clear, lovely designs on them, so it is possible. I think manufacturers are lazier now or it has become the style of fuzzy crazy designs on this fabric. I did find some with a lovely african type design at

    1. wow! thanks for the tip! I am looking at those fabrics right now… i think i will buy some from there! So it seems my stash busting effort will fail miserably this year 😛

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