That is a crazy print! I bought it from Fabric Mart to up shipping because it was a super cheap knit with some spandex content. I thought I could use it for toiles, but when I got it is was so soft and loud and I had to wear it all over.
This is my second version of McCalls 6559. You can read about my first one here. This is a really loud print, so I wanted a simple pattern to show it off. I knew this dress in a maxi version was the one I wanted to go with, but from my last experience I knew I needed to make some improvements.
First, I cut one size smaller that my measurements called for. I still wound up taking in about an inch and a half between the armpits and the waist! Also, to stop the neck and arms from stretching I hemmed them using a taut band and finished both off with a twin needle instead of just turning under.. I think that turned out phenomenal. The nice thing about this print is I just used whatever color I had a lot of, which was pink. Every color goes with this fabric!
Here is a fairly unflattering back view in which I look like a column. It is still not fitted, but I like it that way. I might also add a belt when wearing it out and about.
I wound up with a super comfortable and cool maxi dress that doesn't grow as I wear it. Of course my assistant had to take some credit.
Now a sneak peek....I just got my grubby little hands on this awesome pattern from Megan Nielsen, the Tania. I know what you are thinking...culottes, wtf? I'm dying to see them made up. Does it really look like a skirt? What if I face the camera with feet hips width apart? Will it still look like a skirt? If so, I will wear the crap out of this pattern. My job consists of lots of crawling around on the floor, and this would solve all the problems.