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« on: October 03, 2007 01:34:31 AM »

i've been wanting a maxi dress but i haven't found a cute in my size. i think it would be kinda simple to make one. some patterns and styles i've seen in smaller sizes i feel would be SOOOOO HORRIBLE ON ME if i've modified or tried to copy to fit me.

i wanna look cute! even though it's a long dress i don't want it to look like i just tied a sheet around my body...any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2007 01:35:32 AM »

what is a maxi dress?
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2007 01:40:43 AM »

it's kinda like a retro 70's style dress that's ankle length or a lil below. i've seen some cute ones but not too many in plus sizes.

like this: http://www.sizeappeal.com/p-514-katherine-in-orange.aspx

that one is ok...but i don't wanna show all that cleave! i've seen cuter ones.  and some, of course cost an arm and leg.
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2007 01:50:53 AM »

oh, i guess i have just never heard the term before..i have always called that style a sundress (my mom used to wear them all the time...)

they are almost always spaghetti strap tops right?

i wish i could help...i love sundresses too, i am going to make some for next summer (i didnt have the strength this last summer) but i havent picked out the pattern or anything yet...i had a couple in mind..

what size are you (if you dont mind answering?)...that helps alot in pattern searches...also, sewingpatterns.com has ALOT of patterns, so you might want to try there...

i've been wanting a maxi dress but i haven't found a cute in my size. i think it would be kinda simple to make one. some patterns and styles i've seen in smaller sizes i feel would be SOOOOO HORRIBLE ON ME if i've modified or tried to copy to fit me.

i wanna look cute! even though it's a long dress i don't want it to look like i just tied a sheet around my body...any suggestions?

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the style is SPECIFICALLY very loose, so you need to work with that too....have you ever owned one that you liked?
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2007 02:01:41 AM »

i guess they are mostly spag. straps...from the ones i've seen  around. but if i were to make my own or whatever, i could modify that. and i'm kinda up there...with a lil extra in the middle *blush* and the back...lol!

yeah i'mma try that site.

and nope i've never owned one that i liked...
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2007 02:10:13 AM »

well, if you modify too much of a style that is SOO stylized, i think it becomes a different kind of dress, which it totally cool!

its gonna be tough finding something *cute* in that size (i know for a fact.... Cry) but Khaliah Ali's patterns for SImplicity arent too bad..you should start there
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2007 03:09:50 PM »

i'll look into that! thanks!!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2007 02:56:55 AM »

Maxi dresses are really dramatic but I think they look best in photographs, not on people.
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2007 12:37:47 PM »

^ yeah i understand but what about one that's more streamline? you don't think that would work either? i don't want one that too dramatic then i'll look like a clown...lol.
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2007 02:32:04 PM »

Here is a beautiful (and easy to copy) maxi dress from Monif C:
http://tinyurl.com/27pfk4

I love Monif C -- I just can't afford it!

It has short sleeves, and is a little more modest in the cleavage area.  It seems to be a simple wrap top with an empire waist, and it skims the hips with only a little stylized gathering in the front.  I think that's the key for a plus sized maxi dress -- excellent drape without a lot of bulky gathers.  The link you posted from Size Appeal had a very similar skirt design, too.

You could start with a pattern like Simplicity 3699, which already has a wrap top with an empire waist, then lengthen the bottom part of the bodice into an maxi-type skirt.  It could work -- and I think it would look good.

Hope that helps give you an idea for a workable design!
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