After I pattern tested for the most recent Jalie collection, they offered us all an additional pattern for each one we tested. I jumped at the chance to get the Nikita Workout Tank, which has really fun seamlines!
And of course, I turned it into a maxi, just like I did with another Jalie pattern last year! And also predictably, I chose a crazy print that hides much of the detail. Here’s the pattern envelope so you can see!
To make it a maxi, I extended out the side seams and front panel, and then stuck a big deep ruffle on the hem on either side of the front panel. I really should have paid more attention to the fact that it’s drafted as a workout tank – the armscye was very low. I ended up having to take it up significantly at the shoulders, and scoop the front neckline down so I can breathe! Fit-wise, it definitely would have been better to raise the armscye before cutting my fabric.
Did you notice my neon piping? It’s picot elastic from L’Oiseau Fabrics. I did a post back in 2014 about how to use elastic as flat piping, and I really should have reread that article, because I did it much more neatly then than I did this time! I accidentally stretched the piping along the centre front panel, and as you can see above my stitching is meandering and sometimes the picots show! And I’m here to say, #sorrynotsorry. Who cares?
Did you notice my beautiful necklace and earrings? They are a handmade gift from Sarah when we met at Hamilton Frocktails. She was the first sewing blogger I met back in 2012, and she is a treasure.
Now in case you are keeping track, YES, this is my third dress in a row with ruffles. I’m pretty sure I’m not done yet, so buckle up! I really like wearing this dress, and now that summer vacation is upon us, I’ll happily wear maxi dresses every day!