I need your help!

Here’s the situation. One of my childhood best friends is getting married back home, in Miami, in March. That’s less than two months away! AH! Obviously, I need to wear something to this wedding and I have N-O-T-H-I-N-G right now. Since I’ve lost so much weight I thought it would only make sense to make myself an outfit. Right? Ok.

Here’s the problem. I don’t know what to make and most of the patterns I already have on hand are for sizes I used to wear and I’m not up for having to grade patterns and all that right now. Just don’t have time for it. So, I’ve created this pinterest board called “Maxi Dress Help!”. I’m using it to pin some inspirational pictures of the dress I’d like to make/wear.

I’ve already added some pics to it so you can see what I kinda like.
Here are some other maxi dresses I found on the web and liked.

• I like the silhouette and the wide tank sleeves. Isn’t that orchid color the Pantone color of the Year?: http://bit.ly/JSZFvj

• To die for! I love everything about this dress, except the color: http://bit.ly/1iDvi8c

• Love how this flows. Airy & feminine: http://bit.ly/JT198P

What I know for sure:
• I want it to be a maxi dress. {a.k.a- a full length skirt)
• It needs to be lightweight and fit for a tropical climate. {Hello, 100% humidity.}

The rest can vary and I will consider any and all silhouettes and dress types! So, here is where your help comes into play. If you see a maxi dress that you think fits with what I’m looking for please pin it to one of your Pinterest boards (or comment on it) and include the hashtag #CGmaxidresshelp.  Every day I’ll be checking to see what you all have pinned for me to look at and review.  I know it can take a few days for this hashtag to be searchable but rest assured I will check out each one you pin! Here is what you can pin:

• A maxi dress that would be cute to wear to a tropical wedding (think hot/humid Miami, FL)
• A tutorial for a DIY maxi dress
• A pattern review of a maxi dress
• Pattern numbers for a maxi dress {so I can look up the pattern and see what I think}

If I end up making the maxi dress, tutorial or pattern you pinned {or the one I based my inspiration off of} you may be featured in an upcoming YouTube video! So be sure to pin relevant dresses and pics using the hashtag #CGmaxidresshelp.

Thank you and I hope this will work because I have less than two months to decide on the dress, get the fabric, make it and rock it!
I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my decision as I get further along in the DIY process.

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13 Responses to I need your help!

  1. carlalissa January 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Try the Ana Dress from By Hand London… they have suppliers in the USA (to save some S&H) and is a quick, fresh and easy pattern, and comes in a maxi….I am sure is going to look AMAZING on you!!!!!

  2. Anonymous January 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    I don’t have Pinterest account but what about this one: https://www.etsy.com/listing/168290965/sis-boom-jenny-womens-dress-or-top (That’s the Sis Boom Jenny Dress, pattern by Scientific Seamstress.) I’ve made other Scientific Seamstress patterns and they are quick and easy. As someone whose weight fluctuates I also find their sizing/fit rather forgiving.

  3. Genie Blair January 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    The JoAnn in Gainesville on Newberry road is relocating and the patterns are $2, I don’t know what’s left, but give them a try if your near by.

  4. Staci Smith January 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Hi Vanessa,
    I absolutely love mimigstyle.com. she has some beautiful maxi dresses that are quite simple to make or she will make them. I lived if Fort Lauderdale for 15 years so I know about the weather. I currently live in Central Florida also, about an hour and a half south of you. I am blessed to work in a quilt shop so I have lots of inspiration. I come home and watch your great videos so I can learn more. Good luck with picking your dress. Staci Smith. erawrepput@aol.com

  5. grandmaFlor January 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    my 5cts, something that will show off your great new figure!!!!!!!!!!!! there are some great ideas here, and yes, MIMI does have some really nice stuff and she likes to show “curves”

  6. Anonymous January 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Jo-Ann has Simplicity patterns for $1.00 this week I bought 5 today.

  7. Adri H. January 13, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Hi Hi! I understand. I went to a wedding at Red Fish Grill (aka Matheson Hammock) and it was very warm… Here are some DIY dresses that you can whip up with some jersey which is gonna make it light, and hopefully fit you even if you shrink some more…

    this one is based off of a free Burdastyle pattern

    Tips on working with/buying jersey

    Two-part dress

    A collection of summer DIY dress hacks: http://www.brit.co/diy-dress-hacks/

    Good luck, and have fun in Miami! It’s my hometown, too. 😀

  8. Sarah January 13, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Hi! I know you’re in love with a maxi dress but since you only have 2 months, would you consider a maxi skirt and cute top? It’s very chic and I’ve been seeing more separates at the weddings. It might be an easier choice.

  9. Miss Lulu January 13, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    The By Hand London Anna Dress would be a total stunner on you. You could even do one with the thigh high slit. There are so many great versions out there, including a couple where sewists have used different fabrics for the blouse and the skirt. Like this one – http://rennous-oh-glennus.tumblr.com/post/59508219166/happy-to-be-proven-wrong

  10. Omayra Alvarez January 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    I’ve pinned quite a few ideas for you on my board. I hope you find something you like.

  11. Anonymous January 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Not really sure how to post stuff, but will try it out… There is an adorable pattern over at Fabric.com that would look sooo cute on you! I know it is a short pattern, but could easily be turned into a long dress. It also comes with a belt/sash pattern. You could also shorten the dress after the wedding for an everyday dress and use the extra fabric for other accessories.

    1st Dress – So cute!

    2nd Dress – With Jacket

    Just wanted to say I love your website, so many cute things to try and sew. Am working on some winter fleece hats for the grandkids.

  12. Anonymous January 23, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    Try looking at Simplicity.com patterns website. Currently, have patterns on sale. I was looking at the maxi length dresses myself.

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