My latest sewing pattern is here! I am so thrilled to announce the launch of my maxi dress sewing pattern -The Dixie Dress and Blouse.
The Dixie Dress & Blouse
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I am so passionate about designing and drafting my own patterns, it is definitely the side of dressmaking that I love the most! As soon as I have an idea of what I want to create in my head, I know that I can bring it to life in a sewing pattern. Mind you it does take time and is quite a long drawn-out task, but I don’t mind any of that as it’s just part of the process!
When I designed The Dixie Dress sewing pattern, it started out as a blouse, and originally it had a button placket down the back of the bodice. It was just too pretty a detail that I had to change it to be on the front instead. I then added the romantic style ruffle neckline and for the finishing touch, gathered cuff sleeves. From here I simply created a longer-length garment idea instead of the blouse, and it turned into a maxi style dress.
I thought that this would make an amazing sewing pattern on its own but I just wanted to add more options and give my customers good value for money.
I want all my PDF patterns to be versatile, adaptable and affordable. So with this in mind, I created two sleeve lengths, 2 skirt options, maxi, and smock length, and also the blouse option too.
Ruffle Neckline Design
I used the most delicious fabrics from Minerva ….. a vintage washed cotton for the maxi and smock length, it was a dream to sew with and just handles beautifully. I chose the Tan colour for the maxi and Khaki for the smock. There are 19 colours to choose from, so definitely a shade for everyone. The fabric is available here!
Smock Length Option
The Prettiest Blouse Option
For the blouse, I wanted to see what the drape would be like in a more floaty fabric, so I chose a viscose crepe in blush pink for my version. I was a little nervous about working with crepe, but again the quality of the fabric made sewing with it a dream. In fact, I really enjoyed making this drapy, romantic-style blouse! There are 30 colours to choose from, so the hardest part is deciding which one to choose! You can take a look at all the shades here!
The Dixie Dress & Blouse is a loose-fitting style and is available in sizes XS-2XL, which covers a size range of 6-22. Learn skills such as adding ruffles, button plackets, inserting elastic and adding bias trim. There is a comprehensive written instruction booklet to help you from start to finish.
Get your copy of The Dixie Dress & Blouse here!
What you will need (the tools I use):
15mm buttons …. I use 3 on mine but you can add 4 or 5 if you prefer.
Iron interfacing for the button placket
I love the maxi length option!
If you need style inspiration then check out my YouTube video here …
I hope you enjoy making your own version, or probably versions because I can guarantee you will make more than one! Please tag me on Instagram so I can see all your makes!
If you like this pattern you may also like The Nell T-shirt dress sewing pattern which is also a maxi style dress with lots of length options and a bonus t-shirt too!
Prefer Custom Clothing Instead?
If you prefer to have your Dixie Dress made and ready to wear, you may be interested in my custom clothing section. All my handmade-to-order clothing is available in my shop here.
You can find the Dixie Dress here.