You know I love the Maggie Mae Tunic, but did you know I have never made the dress version? Crazy right? I have only ever made the tunic length. Which I love so I don’t know what took me so long. Anyway Abbey has been in desperate need for some new dresses lately since every dress is suddenly butt length 🙂 So since this mont’s It’s Sew Shwin is the Maggie Mae I decided she would get the dress.
Only I changed things up just a touch. And it’s so easy! I added an invisible zipper to the back instead of the buttons. Mainly because I got a new invisible zipper sewing foot for Christmas and I have been dying to use it. (seems sensible right?) So to do this I simply cut the back and front pieces at the same line instead of the back line, only I added seam allowance for the back center for the zipper. Then I sewed everything up the same way as the pattern instructs but I split the back skirt into two pieces as well, and sewed them to each side of the back separately (like the front) the final thing I did was add the zipper right down the back.
That’s not all I changed though, as you may have noticed no pleats… I doubled the width of the skirt pieces and gathered them to the bodice instead of doing the pleats. It was really simple and I love the different look.
I used a super soft cotton and steel print for the skirt, and a Soft and light cotton lawn for the top and bottom bodice. So the whole dress is super soft and airy with lots of drape.
The Accent is a cotton lawn and sadly I can not remember where I got it, or where to find it.