how to sew a maxi dress

stresspiration or why scarlett o’hara rocks harder than posh spice

stresspiration, noun 1. mental, emotional, or physical strain brought about by inspiration

This was supposed to be a Wander|Wonder Wednesday post but I decided to wait until I could take a photo of me wearing the Sookie dress I made a year ago. You see, the boyfriend and I had our anniversary dinner (7 years WOOT!) last night and I planned on wearing the dress. And yes, this dress had bearing on the tone of the overdue Wander|Wonder Wednesday post.

But first, let me show you this:

I stated on my Facebook page that this hippo dress has a long story. Its inspiration, if you could believe me, was that dress to the left, a piece from the Victoria Beckham SS13 collection. Have you ever seen two dresses so dissimilar? In my defense, the first two dresses I made looked similar to that VB dress. They had the two-tone and zipper details down pat. Unfortunately, sewing them wasn’t as smooth as I expected. At one point, I posted this on Facebook:

More than ten hours and two ruined dresses later, I had a Scarlett O’Hara moment. “I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again,”  I said to myself. But minus the hungry part. Properly motivated, I set about making a dress with a side zipper, darts, and a collar — parts of dressmaking that I’ve been trying to avoid due to laziness, as you can see from this post.

The result: the hippo dress.

Which led me to wonder: Would I ever get the hang of this runway-inspired sewing thing?


top problems

One my dearest friends will get married next month. It will be held by the beach where we used to swim our thesis stress away back in college. It will be a beautiful affair, I can tell. The place is gorgeous. And today I realized that I have yet to find a dress to wear to the said event.

Today, I also wrote NEED? and WANT? on two post-its and posted them on my monitor. Yes, it’s a way to curb my online shopping addiction. THEN I went to the mall to find fabric for the beach wedding dress. Yes, I needed said fabric.

Very tropical yes? It reminds me of ripe mangoes. It’s soft but not sheer. And not very expensive, too.

Now I already have a general idea on how to go about sewing this dress. I will pretty much copy the elastic waist maneuver I used for the dress I made a few days ago, but I will go maxi this time. Now my problem is the top part….

I don’t know what to choose from these options:

a. Pretty much similar to THIS dress I made a couple of years ago. I love the bow tied at the front…

b. Thin straps with fabric flowers styled like THIS. I am leaning towards this style…

c. Simple halter style tied at the neck like THIS. Halter dresses are simple but sexy…

What do you guys think?