Flowing Maxi Dress | 360-Degree View
There are two views to this sophisticated dress designed with a surplice neckline. The maxi-length version has a deeper front neckline. Both views have: a self-lined bodice front; front princess seams; back waist darts; an inset waistband; left side-seam zipper closure; attached sash that ties at center back; six-panel skirt, and the maxi has a slit opening along the left side front seam; long sleeves with an elastic casing at the wrist; or short flutter sleeves. The bust has about 2 1/2 inches of ease, and the princess seams produce a pronounced curve. Therefore, a muslin, or text garment, may be needed to achieve the desired fit. The supplies list includes bias tape but does not specify the width. Use 1/2-inch-wide, single-fold bias tape as a narrow facing for the neckline edges. Our tester recommends placing the side zipper opening 3 inches below the armscye rather than the suggested 1/4 inch, as this may be more comfortable. Use batiste, challis, crepe, or voile.
—Tested by Tomasa Jimenez, Lyndhurst, New Jersey
The dress was sewn in the maxi length, made with rayon challis from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics. The fabric draped well for the dramatic silhouette. A stiffer fabric would result in more volume, which could be an interesting effect. The full skirt is a great place to play with large prints.