Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY Watercolor Maxi + Another Take on New Look Pattern 6123

Happy Wednesday Darlings, this week is moving fast and I am just working to keep up. I cant believe that summer is almost over but I live in Cali so the seasons changing don't really "change" all that much; I can wear shorts in mid December sometimes because it stays so warm. 

Okay so I have made up this pattern 3 times now and I still can see using elements of the pattern for other things I want to make. I made the dress and wore it here and here and after making two versions I knew I could take the top of the purple one and make a maxi that I had wanted to make for a while and so I did. I wont review the pattern again because like I said I have made it and reviewed it twice (here are the reviews #1 and #2) and instead I will just show you my dress. 

Pattern New Look 6123 Modified

If you want to make yours into a maxi just follow the diagram and info at the bottom of this post.





 Necklace is from Urban Outfitters (old) / Sunnies are Kate Spade

Modifying NL 6123


Okay this is easy to do, place your pattern piece on the fabric just like you would if you were going to cut it out (front on fold) etc. Then mark the widest part of the hip and add the length you need for a maxi (reaching the floor) and mark, then add width to pattern at the hem (8-10") and then gradually mark from the hip to the hem like in the dashed lines in the diagram.

xoxo
mimi g.

39 comments:

  1. Beautiful...as always! What type of fabric did you use? And does the dress have a zipper?

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    1. Thanks! Yes it has a center back zipper and the fabric is a lightweight printed cotton twill.

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  2. you look so pretty in that dress! xx

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  3. I feel like a broken record, but this is a beautiful dress! You sure know how to pick the best fabrics.

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  4. What about the shoes!?!? I know they had to be just as fire as the dress! :-)

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    1. LOL, I just had on black wedges for height, LOL

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  5. So pretty mimi love how it hits the floor that was one of the main reasons I started sewing at 5"10 it was hard to find maxis long enough yours is perfect

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  6. Tanisha (View Park, CA)August 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Bravo! I'm going to start attempting to sew. I'm carving out my daily schedule now to fit in some new exercise classes I've been spying on + sewing! Me time...me time! I'm gathering my tools a lil at a time each pay period. Lol. Thanks Mimi for the inspiration!

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    1. That is great! Im excited for you.

      xoxo

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  7. I love this dress! The colors are so pretty. You are SO TALENTED!!!

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  8. This pattern has really worked well for you. I could see this used for a peplum top, too. I appreciate the sketch. I lengthened Simplicity 2226 to maxi length by extending out, too, and I wasn't sure whether to make the hem straight or slightly curved like A-line skirts. I ended up slightly curving it, but I think I should have done it this way.

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  9. love this print and colors! Giveaway on my blog alwayssaygrace.com

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  10. Is it possible to add sleeves and raise the neckline? I love the way you converted it to a maxi. I'd love to try it out but I'd prefer the slight changes to make it more modest. BTW...the fabric is really pretty too. (^_^)

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    1. didnt you see the pic of the pattern? it has a variation for different necklines and sleeves.

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    2. Oh yeah...duh...my bad (^_^)

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  11. Thank you, Mimi! The dress is adorable on you. Thanks for sharing the variation for the maxi. I will definitely be using it. Have a great day!

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  12. :-( Mimi, do I need to sign up to pay for a training class with you so I can learn how to take the proper measurements so the chest and bust lay perfectly like yours? I'm busty and there's like a 3" dif. between the two so I end up with extra chest fabric. (Mom is upset with me so i can't get her help :-)) I'm attempting a wrap dress now and once I get done cutting out the 100 pcs, I'll be on my way. Shoot, I need to know how to do the same for the waist and hips too. Someone said to do the adjustments before I cut the pattern but is that possible? This dress is PERTY!! The fabric store in my area (Forestville MD) doesn't carry double-knit. Shame on them.

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  13. I bought this print from him too. It feels so good. Lovely dress.

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  14. First let me say that I am in shock it's Wednesday. I honestly thought it was Tuesday until reading this post. Lol.

    Love the floral pattern and how you made the dress into a maxi.
    Gorgeous!

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  15. Mimi I'm hating on you right now. That Maxi is beautiful, and the modifications you made are excellent. You make me want to sew every freaking single day of my life. LOL. Have a great day.

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  16. I love that dress! The happy colors make the fabric so pretty and feminine!

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  17. oooh I have this pattern! just haven't done anything yet - but now that I see your lovely dress.... :)

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  18. I would have loved to get a back view. This one is cute with the floral, but my eye keeps looking to your waist at the seam line. I don't know maybe it me. You rock anything well anyway!keep on inspiring

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  19. All three versions are beautiful! Where did you get this floral print?

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  20. Hi Mimi. This is gorgeous, as usual! Love that fabric!

    I'm a longtime lurker and wanted you to know how much my mom and I enjoy your blog and style. You've inspired us both to step out of our comfort zone with fashion. In fact, we both bought some pretty clunky rings at Dillards recently. I especially love how you match your colors without being all matchy-matchy.

    You also inspired me to take up sewing, but it was with a sense of relief that I gave that up after a couple of projects. And I'm okay with that.

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  21. This is beautiful Mimi. You are amazing. I want to grow up (humor me, I know I am older than you) to be just like you. LOL

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  22. Yes ma'am! This is FAB.U.LOUS! I was just rummaging through my patterns the other day trying to find SOMETHING for one last maxi for summer. I came up short but here is my ram in the bush LOL! Thanks so much. Love it. Love it. LOVE. IT.

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  23. BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the floral print!

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  24. Looks like 3 times is a charm. This looks fabulous on you!

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  25. Beautiful dress! I love this as a maxi as well.

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  26. I loved this dress so much I've included you in my Friday Top Five picks for the week.

    Bisous
    Suzanne
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xoxo
mimi g.