My Mom wanted to wear a maxi dress to my rehearsal dinner and of course she could not find one that was a true maxi. When did maxi dresses start landing at your shins when you are 5′ 4″? So I pulled together all of my maxi or “could be” maxi dress patterns and we went through them together. She chose the Cashmerette Appleton wrap dress.
We then went on a search for fabric and ended up with this double knit with beautiful red flowers on a blue background from Fabric.com. I’m pretty excited that I overbought and now there is enough leftover for a top for me too!
I promised her there would be enough cleavage coverage, so I cut the bodice out in a 22D and graded the front crossover out to a 28.
In turning this into a maxi I measured my Mom from the back of her neck to her heel. Then I added 3 inches to ensure it would be long enough. I ended up trimming that 3 inches off again. Oh well. One mistake that I did make is that I just lengthened the skirt, I did not draw it wider at the bottom. I should have because it pulls back towards her side seams.
That little green circle shows where the hook and eye is located from the outside of the dress.