Hot! Flower Power!

The Facts:

Fabric: Cotton Big Print Floral! What a find!
Pattern: Simplicity 2582
Year: 2008
Notions: self-made piping, invisible zipper
Time to complete: One hour to cut and a few hours to sew
First worn:June 20 while house-sitting for my daughter
Wear again? Yes on our vacation to Catalina Island and San Diego!
Total price: $18.00




My first Maxi dress since the 70’s? Yes, Sew Weekly Friends, I am completely in awe of all of the sewing I have done for half a year! I have thoroughly enjoyed each challenge, and this week is no exception. This has been a great adventure and a personal accomplishment to make so many unique and personal outfits.  I’m having “sew” much fun too!

I can’t believe I made a maxi dress, and I’m so pleased with it.

I found this uniquely printed fabric at Beverly’s the other week. They were having a 50% off sale on a whole row of $10.00-$12.00 a yard fabric. It was really hard to choose, but finally I decided on this fabric and another piece for next week’s dress. It wasn’t until I got home and examined the floral fabric that I realized that it was printed on the cross-grain and so that’s the way I cut it. Deciding on a pattern was easy. I couldn’t sacrifice any part of the growing flower steams or flower tops so it had to be a maxi. I carefully cut the front so that the big daisy would not be dead center, and then I cut the bodice so that it would be mostly plain. I do like how the daisy flower ended up going around the armhole on one side. It was not possible to match the pattern on the sides or down the back seam, but I don’t think anyone would shake their finger at that. I added some self-made piping around the bodice to add more detail.

Artsy Shot: Grasshopper View

I’ve been trying to post and edit from my Ipad, but it’s not cooperating. I wanted to be able to post on vacation next week, so I’ll have to figure out another way around that problem. I can upload the photos to the cue in the Sew Weekly with the WordPress App, but the editing part is clunky. I did discover an awesome editing app thought. For those interested, it’s called Photogene. It lets you do a ton of things to your photos, Hence, the black fade out around the edges.

Here is a detail of the back bodice.

Off to—Catalina Madalina, Hoopin Stina, Walla dina
Oaka, Poka, Loka was her name.






Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Love that fabric! Perfect way to show it off.

  2. Gorgeous dress! It shows off the fabric really well.

  3. Wow! This is stunning! I love the fabric-it really makes the dress! Very nice Barbara-

  4. I LOVE the sunflower and poppy print, what a great way to use that pattern! Have a wonderful vacation : )

  5. What an absolutely wonderful dress! I love the fabric and you picked the perfect pattern for it. Wonderful. (I am a bit jealous right now, I admit it…)

  6. Perfect pattern for this fabric! Gorgeous!

  7. Amazing, I love the dress from all angles ans especially like the grasshopper view photo. I remember that rhyme from childhood, oh Adalina, Catalina ops say whanna whanna, ug-bugga was her name name name. shahad a funny name but she wasn’t to blame she got from her pappy with the same same name.

  8. Oh! I just LOVE this! What a stunning fabric and I love how you were able to keep the print all in one piece on the front–such perfect placement too! This dress is fabulous! Well done!

  9. gorgeous!! i’m into big, painterly, preferably floral prints, too!

  10. Love the print! What an amazing fabric to work with! And I particularly love the shots with the flowers around or in front of it. You camouflage in the best way!

  11. Oh Barbara the fabric is divine what a find indeed. You are going to look the business on your vacation. Love that you make your own piping too, some people think that’s crazy. LOVE your photos this week with the vignette and all. Smashing job.

  12. Lucky you scoring that beautiful fabric! You really did it justice with the maxi shape, thoughtful print placement, and piping.

  13. Your dress is truly the perfect summer dress. So lovely.

  14. That material is oh so gorgeous…I can totally see you needing to make a maxi dress to make the most of the print…and I love that self-piping. You’re going to get so many comments from women wanting their own.

    I’m sorry you’re having trouble posting on the ipad. I had the same issues, wordpress was fine (which I have taken notice of as typepad’s app is problematic which is what I use for my blog, but am loathed to move having done so much CSS over the years) and PicMonkey which I use normally on the home PC and is SUPERB, unfortunately uses flash. I will have to try out Photogene if I’m away again during the year.

  15. Barbara, this is so beautiful! I would buy this dress if I saw it in stores. You look just gorgeous!

  16. Fabulous fabric and just the right pattern to show it off. Great.

  17. WOW!! Love it! the fabric is fabolous!!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the fabric, love what you did with it! I am also a little obsessed with sunflowers, so even more in awe!

  19. I agree with all the other comments! It’s an awesome dress that is sure to make all those who see it happy! It even makes me feel a little warmer as I sit here in my winter woolies down in South Aussie. :)

  20. SUNFLOWERS!!! You are my hero!!! This is magnificent!! I can’t stop looking at it. I am one of sunflowers’ biggest fan. And, now I am forever yours for making this gem of a dress. Oh, and that back neckline looks like a million bucks on you. Loving it muchly!

    Thanks for sharing your magic with us, Barbara. That dress is an instant day-brightener.

  21. You and that dress are amazing!! Beautiful use of that fabric!