Indie Dresses- Lemon Drop Maxi

Indie Dresses- Lemon Drop Maxi at Sew Pomona

I’ve been so excited for Indie Pattern Month- ready to try out a few new pattern companies and add some more summer makes to my wardrobe.   This is my entry into the Dresses Contest-and my favorite make so far.  I LOVE how this turned out, especially as it was really supposed to be just a wearable muslin. Perfect timing too, as I was able to wear this to my son’s preschool graduation this past weekend.

Indie Dresses- Lemon Drop Maxi at Sew Pomona

I’ve been looking for a while to match my inspiration dress, a long racerback in a natural dye pattern.  I found the perfect pattern as my base in the Lemon Drop Dress (& tank) from SBCC Patterns (Skinny Bitch*Curvy Chick).  This indie company designs for all sizes ( the pattern sizing is xx-small-3x!)  focusing on petites.  I’m 5’8″ so I never thought of trying these patterns before, but this was so easy to adapt to fit my frame.

Indie Dresses- Lemon Drop Maxi at Sew Pomona

This pattern comes as a PDF which was perfect since I wanted to get started right away.  My fav features of this pattern:

  • racerback
  • bodice darts for some shape
  • the self belt tunnel casing
  • bias cut binding
  • easy to follow instructions

I made a few changes to get the look I wanted.  I lengthened the dress to the floor for a maxi look.  I cut the pattern on a slight angle removing the excess in the center where the center bodice pleat was located since I wanted to keep my shibori pattern from my dyeing flat.  This column shape really maximized the design pattern.  I was able to center both designs front and back perfectly with the darkest color on the upper bodice.

Indie Dresses- Lemon Drop Maxi at Sew Pomona

The dyeing of this dress was done with the remnants of last weeks Quebracho Rojo dyepot.  I shibori tied off my fabric with rubber bands seen below.  It’s 2 YDS of a lovely brushed hemp/cotton mix from Near Sea Naturals that I bought from Organic Cotton Plus on sale, Willow Dusk Curtain.  I love the slight flecks and subtle color of the natural fabric and wanted to keep that look.  I was really pleased with the color since the dye was at its end.  The pattern it left looked a bit like a Rorschach test-love it!

Quebracho Rojo dyepot Sew Pomona

 

I really love that this dress has a belt tunnel, which you could easily move higher for a different look.  My main problem with most maxi’s is that they tend to be high-waisted, making me feel like I look pregnant.  So I was really happy to have my belt at my natural waist.  I had to play with the placement to get it right at my lower back- but it looks so graceful when simply tied. For the construction I serged most of my edges and then topstitched everything.  I also took in the sides until it was really nicely fitted at the bust, but looser at the hips for a smooth line. I also used a decorative stitch on the waist tunnel.  The belt is a simple tube of the same fabric.  And I did a simple turned twice hem on the bottom leaving the original slightly curved shape at the bottom.

Indie Dresses- Lemon Drop Maxi at Sew Pomona

 

detail of the waist tunnel decorative stitching:

detail of belt tunnel at waist- lemon drop maxi Sew Pomona

 

Indie Dresses- Lemon Drop Maxi at Sew Pomona

This was super quick and easy to sew up and by far my favorite make to date.  I love the simple clean lines and the fit is perfection!  I can see myself making quite a few of these dresses in different dye patterns- so easy to wear, comfortable and elegant.  Come see more over at my blog Sew Pomona!

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Indie Dresses- Lemon Drop Maxi

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  2. I admire your shibori design and your dress was the perfect canvas. Love the belt tunnel. I had to take a second look, at the picture. What a clever idea!

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