I wore this dress ALL summer and when did I take photos of it? Today! Sometimes when I’ve failed to photograph something that I’ve made, I just pass on sharing it on my blog, but I love this pattern and this dress so much that I definitely had to share it, although belatedly.
The pattern for this dress is the well loved Vogue 9253 kimono style dress. I loved this dress from the moment I saw the pattern release and just had to have it. I have a love for kimono dresses, although I haven’t made one for a very long time. I think the last one I made actually pre-dates this blog, it was so long ago.
One of the things that I really loved about this pattern was the black fabric used for the pattern sample. I looked all over trying to find something similar and didn’t. I decided to search for a black floral rayon challis instead and eventually came up on this watercolor print on eBay. It wasn’t a tropical floral like the Vogue sample, but I love it and it works well with the design aesthetic of this dress.
I am quite modest with my dress, so there’s no way I would wear that deep-V without something underneath. Initially, I was going to alter the neckline so that it wouldn’t dip down so far and I had even altered the bodice piece. Versions of this pattern were already popping up by that time and I decided that I didn’t really like the look as it changed the designer’s vision too much. The V is meant to dip down and appear like a robe and the raised neckline changes that illusion. So I left the original bodice design and opted to wear a slip underneath (the one in these photos is a black rayon jersey knit slip).
This pattern goes up to a size 26, which is almost my size. I did grade up the hips one size, but I probably didn’t really need to as there’s a lot of room in the skirt. I did take a little wedge out of the back bodice as usual and added some length to the skirt which I later took off as I don’t want to trip over myself. The pattern has a back zip and I didn’t think I would need it, so I basted the center back together to test it out and found that I could easily slip it on and off, so I sewed the back seam shut. For a future version, I would try to cut the back on the fold, which may or may not work well with the large kimono sleeves, depending on the width/print of the fabric.
Cutting this fabric out was a real headache since the pieces are so large and long. But that was the most difficult part of the sewing process as it really is a quick and easy dress to sew. If I was going to wear this sans slip, I would want to adjust the shoulder seams to ensure that the neckline didn’t come open as it could probably be a little more fitted as there’s a lot of room in the bust. As I don’t wear it like that, it’s a non-issue for me.
This is the first maxi dress that I’ve ever made or worn and I really love it. Like I mentioned previously, I wore it all summer. I wore it at home, I wore it out, I wore it on the beach, and I wore it as a swimsuit cover-up at the pool. It’s pretty much the perfect summer dress for me as it’s cool, loose, flowing, and it covers me up so that there’s less of a chance that my vampire skin is going to get sunburnt.
I just love the 70’s vibe of this pattern and it has made me lust over 70’s caftans and 60’s watteau back dresses. I even found a vintage 70’s Hawaiian cotton print this summer that I planned to make another maxi dress with, but I never got around to it…. There’s always next year! 🙂
- Dress: Vogue 9253 in rayon challis, made by me
- Shoes: Yellow Box
- Necklace: BaubleBar
- Earrings: BaubleBar
- Lipstick: Besame 1965 Portrait Peach (affiliate link)