The Sallie Maxi is my first Closet Case Pattern and it did not disappoint, the pattern instructions were clear and the Jumpsuit and Maxi design options are both lovely. Their website even offers step by step help if you get stuck for many of their patterns, there isn’t one for the Sallie but they do have a fantastic romper hack and lots of inspiration!
I do love a Maxi Dress, I find it so versatile – easy to slip on at the beach on holiday, comfy and cool for summer days or even dressed up for a night out. What drew me to this pattern was three design features… the pretty tie shoulder straps, the elastic at the waist and POCKETS! (fellow sewers you know it’s a win if it has pockets!).
FABRIC – For my Sallie Maxi I used a gorgeous soft Royal Blue Ponte Roma from Minerva Crafts, it was so lovely to work and only £6.99 a metre. The pattern calls for a light to medium weight knit, my fabric was on the heavier side but ended up working really well, using a lighter fabric would make it easier to create a drape with the top part over the elastic channel when you’re wearing it.
SIZING – looking at the size chart I was worried I was going to have to grade between a 12 on top to a 16 on the bottom, however looking at the finished garment sizes I opted for a straight 12 as it gave plenty of size at the hips for me and my umm larger behind (I hoped!). It worked out perfectly for me, but should you need to grade between it will simple as you make the dress in two parts.
NEXT TIME – There will definitely be more Sallie Maxi’s added to my wardrobe, next time i’d like to try it with a modal or lighter jersey fabric. Now I know it can be sewn up in an afternoon there’ll be no stopping me as patterns I can sew in one session are my favourite. Maybe next time, I will give the jumpsuit a go with Kimono top… I have a feeling this will feel like secret pyjamas.
Let me know if you’ve made the Sallie Maxi or Jumpsuit, i’d love to see them! If you haven’t and you’re looking for a versatile summer pattern… I have found it for you!!