Style Sunday: Monochrome Maxi
Having finally accepted that short girls can wear maxi dresses without looking swamped, these have become a summer wardrobe staple for me.
Maxi dresses are cool and effortlessly chic. They can be kept simple with a wide brimmed hat and over-sized sunglasses for casual day wear, or can be teamed with high heel sandals and glittering accessories to create a dramatic evening look. Maxi dresses remain one of the best additions to your summer holiday suitcase.
When I spotted this striking boutique halter swirl print maxi dress, £65 from M&Co it was love at first sight! The bold geometric monochrome print screams elegance, while the cross-over halter neck design is refreshing take on the bodice, ensuring that it’s anything but frumpy and plain. I love, love, love it. So, of course, I set about right away to find the perfect pattern for making this stunning summer dress.
The very best thing about dressmaking (aside from the pride of saying, “Yup, I made this myself!”) is picking out your favourite elements of a dress, adapting them to suit you figure, when it comes to maxi dresses, for me that is reducing the length so that I’m no tripping over it at every step. It’s about picking fabrics that capture the latest trends, or reflect your only unique style. It’s about taking control of the look you want.
Want to make your own stylish halter neck maxi dress in a statement graphic print? Here’s my Sunday Style moodboard to get you started!
6206 Workroom, Sizes 4-16, £5.95, SimplicityNewLook
This Project Runway design for New Look patterns is a misses’ knit dress in two lengths featuring and elasticized back and empire waistline seam.
The upper panels of the bodice pass over the chest to create a pretty cross-over design before secure at the back of the neck. Select Design B for the full length maxi dress.
From left to right:
Circle Print Polyester, £2.99 per metre, Abakhan
Monochrome Viscose Cotton, Black & White Marimekko Style, £6,50 per metre, Stone Fabrics
Swirls in Grey, £6,05 ($9,25) per yard, Hawthorn Threads