Drawstring Maxi Dresses

Apparently I’m not the most diligent blogger. I think it’s been two years without a post. But now I’m here and I’m bringing you the latest project on my sewing table.

Drawstring Maxi Dresses

Drawstring Maxi Dresses

The girls needed new dresses and I let them pick out the fabric. It’s a gorgeous design by Riley Blake. The collection is called Four Corners and the print itself is Main Black Knit. You can buy Riley Blake knits many different places online but I usually use Hawthorne Threads. They are in the tri-state area, I think, and shipping is super fast.

Riley Blake Four Corners

Riley Blake Four Corners

Main Print Black

Main Print Black

I used my all time favorite girl’s dress pattern Simplicity 7039. I think it’s out of print now but you might be able to find one somewhere on Ebay or Amazon.

Simplicity 7039

Simplicity 7039

The pattern is made for woven fabrics but I’ve found it works well for knits too. Just make sure that if your child is between sizes that you go with the smaller size. I did make a few changes as always. The first change was lengthening the bodice by 3-4 inches. I also used a different skirt pattern. I’ve never used the actual skirt pattern included because I’m not big on pleats. To give the dresses more definition at the waist I added a drawstring. It’s not easy to see in the pics because of the busyness of the fabric design but it adds a cute touch.

Usually when I do knit dresses I will make a band for the neck but this time I decided to go with a facing. I didn’t stitch it down but used hem tape to keep it in place. If the hem tape doesn’t stand up to repeated washing I’ll sew it down.

Check out that pattern matching!

Check out that pattern matching!

For Delilah’s dress I didn’t make it maxi length because six year old tornadoes don’t need to be tripping over maxi skirts. The body is also much longer than the pattern, the waist sits right on top of her hips. I also didn’t add a drawstring because I was A: too lazy, and B: in a hurry. Instead I sewed elastic on the waist.

Drawstring Maxi Dresses

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So there you have it: Drawstring Maxi Dresses made with gorgeous fabric and modeled by beautiful children!