Hot! The “Antelope Canyon” Maxi Sun Dress

Butterick B5637

Fabric: Charmeuse

Pattern: Butterwick B5637

Year: 2011

Notions: 20″ Zipper, Hook & Eye and 1/2″ Single Fold Bias Tape

Time to Complete: 9.5 Hours

First worn: Bronx Botanical Gardens

Wear again? Absolutely, vacation is coming!!

Total Price: $40 Fabric, $5 Notions

Antelope Canyon

My “Art” inspiration came from a photo titled “Antelope Canyon – Seeker of the Light”
by Icsom W Jones III.
It is one of my favorite’s pieces of artwork and it hang’s in our living room.
While shopping for “Mad Men” fabric, I came across this beautiful Charmeuse fabric that
would work perfect for the “Art” challenge! The palette really speaks to the tones of light reflecting
off the rock surfaces. I’m trying to be more selective with the type of fabrics I use to create my
garments. In the past I’ve tended to fall in love with the fabric design and not necessarily
considered the drape quality. I thought this silky fabric would make a great Maxi Sun Dress. We took the photos at the “Bronx Botanical Gardens” for some desert ambiance.

The "Antelope Canyon" Maxi Sun Dress with White Hat


















The "Antelope Canyon" Maxi Sun Dress with Orange Hat

The "Antelope Canyon" Maxi Sun Dress



Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. I like the white in the fabric mimicking the shaft of light in the painting. YOu have a good eye!

    • Thank you Sue, I was literally digging through fabric bolts down in the Fashion District (NYC), I had to laugh when this fabric fell over on me, it was like it was screaming – here aim, buy me!

  2. The inspiration and final product are very obviously related. I think you did an excellent job on this challenge!

    • Hi Sara, thank you very much. Yes, I enjoyed making this challenge and I love the dress pattern, deFinately making another one, hopefully in time for warmer weather.

  3. That fabric is perfect! Great job as usual :D

  4. The vibrancy of the photograph is replicated in your dress – and the maxi dress was certainly the best way to show it. A short top wouldn’t have given half the impact.

    • Hi Jen, thank you very much. Yes, I love the length, not something I really have in my wardrobe but now I’m thinking it’s versatile, in that I can dress it up with a bolaro jacket or dress it down with flip flops.

  5. You amaze me! Such an excellent fabric choice to match your inspiration! Also kudos to a very pleasing contrast between your outfit and the cacti in in your photo-shoot.

  6. Oh Barbara, thank you for the kind compliments. I have you and all the sew weekly participants to thank for inspiring me. I get so many ideas as Mena rolls out the daily creations. My husband and I had a great time at the botanical gardens. Along with the cacti display it was also the opening day for the orchid show.

  7. That’s amazing how you could get such a close match with the fabric. Looks great on you!

  8. Thank you Marguerite. I love the fabric and it turned out to be a great addition to the wardrobe. I’m definately be making this dress again.

  9. That’s an amazing match, and I agree with everyone else: a maxi dress really was the best choice to showcase this great print. I just picked up 3m of a similar rayon print last week, with the aim of making a maxi dress – now I know that it will look great!

  10. WOW! This is exactly what a great sundress should be, beautiful and functional. The fabric comes to life with texture allowing us to see your inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. That fabric is such an amazing representation of the picture. Well done!

    • Thanks Cheryl, this was the most fun I had shopping for fabric, I spent the Saturday walking all over the fabric district.

  12. The fabric is spot on! What a lovely interpretation, and so perfect for summer!

  13. Thanks Meg, the fabric was a score and I have to go back to the fabric shop. I promised the sales girl I would show her the final dress.

  14. Love the colors of the dress. It looks so comfortable and pretty. Love the dress, the artwork, and the gardens. :) We are taking Matthew to the Desert Botanical Gardens in AZ on Thurs.

    • Hey Cous, glad to hear from you. Thanks for the write. Send me some Picts of the Desert Botanical Garden. You guys should go to Paige Az, to see the Antelope Canyon.

  15. What a perfect backdrop for that print…your dress and photos are fabulous! And your hat options are so lovely. Don’t you wish it was summer right now! Your dress makes me crave it. Great work, Krista!

  16. Hi Najah, It was so balmy today it felt almost like summer in NYC. My hubbie came home with the hats as a surprise, he saw the way I was styling the previous challenges. We’ve had a lot of fun collaborating, it’s great to bounce ideas off each other. Can’t wait to see what you got cooking. Did you see Kazz suit? Amazing! Happy sewing.

  17. Your dress is so excellent, a near-identical match to the painting! I’m putting in a vote for the orange hat!

  18. Thanks Joann, and guess what I did keep the orange hat. I liked the way the scarf worked with it, so I returned the white hat.

  19. Fantastic Krista, sorry I haven’t comment earlier, hectic hectic hectic. That fabric is spot on, what are the chances of finding something that matches so closely? Stunning photos too. Those cacti are gorgeous.

  20. Oh, thanks Kazz, no worries, life gets crazy sometime. Fabric shopping was a hoot, it literally fell on me as I was digging through bolts. The sales lady had to dig me out but it was the most fun I had shopping fabrics. in awhile.

  21. Couldn’t be any more perfect for your inspiration! Looks great!

  22. Oh, thank you Casey. It’s finally warming up enough so maybe I’ll get a chance to wear it out soon.

  23. I absolutely love this, it looks great on you, and Icsom’s photo is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Yes, I thought it was an amazing place to vist in Arizonia. We would love to go back and photograph again.