Hooray! Summer is (sort of) here and with the extra time I’ve gained without school drop-offs and pick-ups, I found myself playing with the Bexley Dress pattern that I recently tested for Blank Slate patterns. Those front and back darts are unbelievably flattering! I originally sewed a black knee length version in a heavier rayon spandex, and I am completely in love. I had to try out a couple of *really* simple hacks.
Since there’s nothing I love more than a long sweeping skirt, I knew Bexley had to become a full length maxi. I added about 16″ to the hemline and pulled out some poly spandex ITY from Fabric Mart I’ve been saving for years. Happy to report that the outcome is all that I hoped for!
Those fabulous darts stayed true to their purpose and gave me lovely shape in these vertical watery/inky/blurred stripes. You can see back seam adds some shaping, too. And now I can swish and sashay to my heart’s content!
The other baby hack I tried was making a swingy tee! This could. Not. Be. Easier.
I estimated how long I wanted the bodice to be, (just held up the paper pattern against myself in front of a mirror, nothing fancy here) and then cut both front and back on the fold (to omit the back seam) and then skipped all the darts! Woot!
This drapey blue fabric is bamboo spandex from Mily Mae Fabrics, and a bunch of pretty colors are available. It’s swishy, swingy, and cool for summer heat! I also love how this version of the Bexley gives some extra airflow between skin and fabric. Pretty perfect summer-wear, if I do say so.
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