The Mom Maxi

4:20 PM

This is not some frumpy dress. NO! I'm calling it the "mom maxi" because it's perfect to be worn and made by a busy, mom on the go. I spent barely 2 hours on it. Like probably closer to an hour and a half. *gasp* That's the equivalent of a naptime or two depending. It may be the fact that I'm slowly aquiring sewing knowledge but this was SO easy.

I found the idea at A Small Snippet. You can find a full tutorial there.  I was going to make a tutorial but only took like 5 pictures along the way. Definitely not tutorial material. Anyway, I'm planning on making one for myself and I'll make a tutorial out of that.

The first thing I did was enlist someone to wind the bobbin with elastic thread. I had my mom do it since I was making her for her.
 I wrapped a piece of fabric 1 1/2 times around her and cut it. It's actually a bit more than that just because she's tall and has a long stride. (I obviously didn't get the tall gene).

  I'd just like to share this beautiful bobbin. After about 3 or 4 failed attempts, I came up with this beauty. a

 I also got some fuel for the job. A prize for going to the feed store and carrying who knows how many 50 lb. feed bags. 

Also had my iphone to provide some tunes. I'm currently on a country kick so that's pretty much all I have on there.

Here's my fabric after the elastic thread. I was so proud of myself for being successful with that! I did spend about 10+ minutes with an iron to get it to finally ruffle up a bit. 

 Anyway, I cut my top and attached it.

 The sleeves go in first! The skirt should be inside out and the shirt right side out. 

 Pinning this took longer than sewing. It was all gather 2-4 inches and then pin and repeat about 20+ times.

 Once it was done I was pretty proud though. 
The one thing though, is that the seam is kind of lettucy. 
So I made a sash. Don't mind the mess. I don't have a cute craft room like the rest of the world. Sorry. 

I actually used pins. Anyway, my sash was 7 inches wide and then folded over. I had to attach 3 different pieces of fabric to get a long enough sash. 

 My hem was pretty good though! Fold over an inch or so, so it.

 Fold it two more times and sew. A nice 3 inch hem. It was really dragging on the floor before.

And back to the sash. 

 I realized the ends looked bad straight, so I cut them at an angle.

To finish the edge, I cut the seam a bit

And then folded it over and sewed it up.

It can be looped around twice and then tied in the front. 
 Or tied in a big bow in the back.
Oh my gosh she's so adorable!

We figured we'd get a new profile picture for facebook while we were at it!

My mom is one beautiful woman!
Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

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15 Sweet little note(s)

  1. Beautiful! Such a great idea!

  2. I LOVE that dress!!!! Just my style too. It is just what I love to live in during the summer. too cute, so glad you shared this! Thank you!

  3. Such a wonderful gift for your mother! Job well done!

  4. This is so cool that you made this dress for your mom! I found you via the Anything Goes link party on Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo. Your post stuck out to me because I linked up a maxi dress I had made too! =) I'm excited to be following your blog now!
    Alesha <3

  5. Hello Magaret,
    Wonderful Job! On your Mom’s new dress is very cute. I have never heard of elastic thread but I am going to pick some up next time I am at the store. ;o) Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

  6. Looks great! I love the colours!

  7. Hi, I love this dress. It fits you perfectly. I love maxi dresses, but never felt I had the shape for them, but I you really make me want to attempt to get into one. This is really nice. Thank you for sharing!!! I just found you on a linky party, and I am definitely going to follow.


  8. This is so cute! The maxi dress is making a huge comeback....and we love it! We're so glad you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming and we hope you'll be back. -The Sisters

  9. What a lovely dress! So simple to make and it looks fabulous!!

    I found you through Danielle’s Sunday blog hop over at Blissful and Domestic. I’m following you now and hope you’ll stop by my blog sometime too! Have a lovely week.
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Came out very nice, and yes, your Mom is a lovely woman.

  11. Great job! I love the fabrics together.

    I'd love if you would stop by tomorrow and link this up to my new party!

    (ps Im you newest follower!)

  12. WOW! One that you MADE this and two, that it was for your mom! Thanks for sharing this at the {what's shakin' link party}!!

  13. Your mom is so beautiful and the maxi dress looks good on her! We are featuring this today, girl! thanks for sharing.

    have a fab weekend!


  14. This is awesome,you have great talent!i would love to try something like this.

  15. Wow, I'm impressed that you made this!I haven't been able to get to this skill yet. Working on it, though! I found you on the blog hop, would love a follow back! :)


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