Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Maxi Dress and Sketching

I really love the idea of wearing a maxi dress. There just something really summery and relaxed about all the flowing fabric. Unfortunately, I am short or at least those couple of inches shorter than the hight that clothing shops use as a base their maxi-dress designs. This means that I get that anoying couple of inches of fabric dragging on the floor getting dirty and just waiting for me to trip over! Often you find that you have to cut off a pretty edging or the bottom of the print to take it up and the dress just doesn't quite look right. Similarly, I have a non standard bust size as I have just a 28 inch underbust measurement with a cup size that is on the larger side. This is such a pain; particularly with strapless or spagetti strap dresses!

At the moment Melly Sews is doing an awsome sundress series through which she is featuring lots of sundress designs and tutorials. I was checking out her blog the other day and I was so pleased to find that Shannon who blogs over at googiemomma (I'm not sure if it is one or two words...) has designed an awsome maxi dress that can cope with all your curves! As it is homemade there are no worries about it being too long- just make it to suit your needs! The TUTORIAL which is featured on Melly Sews is really clear and I can't wait to have a go at making one for myself!

In the mean time I was wondering what it would look like on me... so I started to doodle.

How I think it would look on me in blue

I think I will have to keep an eye out in the local fabric shops for some fabric - I am thinking that blue might be nice... perhaps a light blue flower print. I will try and find something summery!

I do really love the fabric chosen for the original dress featured on Melly Sews... the wavy lines are pretty funky but this made it quite fiddley to draw. I think my drawing turned out fairly well and Shannon who modeled it herself has fab red hair! (hair is always fun to draw - trying to get the different tones and colours).

I am really looking forward to having a go at making my own version of this dress!

Maxi Dress

Please check out the photographs of the original dress - PHOTO - for a comparison to my drawing.

I love drawing dresses and clothing - if you have a project or a photo that you would like me to have a go at sketching I am happy to have a go at drawing it for you. Please contact me by leaving a comment on my blog and I will get back to you. Check out some more of my sketches in my SKETCH BOOK!

                                                                                                              -Jessica  x


  1. Thanks for the tip about Melly's series - it looks great! I have yet to make my first dress, but it is on my to-do list.

    Nice sketching too! :)

  2. I love it so much!!! thank you for sending me a copy, it's wonderful! ;) I can't wait to see how you do with your own maxi dress--they're really lovely summer wear. and now we don't have be envious of "standard" sized folks anymore ;) hehe
    thanks again!!


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