Sunday, July 14, 2019

Maya Dress // Marilla Walker // View C

I'm taking part in my first Sewcialists 5 day mini challenge! I spun the wheel and landed on 'blue'. I immediately knew what I wanted to sew up! I'm making the Maya Dress in some ethereal washed linen in baby blue from my most recent Blackbird Fabrics order.


The Maya Dress in this colour is the summer dress of my dreams. I can see myself walking on the beach in it.  The only issue, is that I don't want to make the version with buttons, which makes it totally breastfeeding unfriendly.  With that, I'm not sure I'll get much wear out of it this year, but I'm sure I will in future years.


Pattern
Maya Top and Dress by Marilla Walker, View C

Size
I cut a straight size 9

Fabric
Blackbird Fabrics, Summer 2019
Washed Linen, Baby Blue
100% linen, 154cm/54 inches, 2.5 meters
Hand wash cold, hang to dry, iron low (reality: machine wash gentle, warm, machine dry low)


Modifications
Length reduced by 3 inches
1 breast pocket instead of 2 hip pockets
Curved hem option
Stay stitched front and back neckline + neckline facing



Conclusions
I love this fabric so much! It's soft, floaty, perfect for summer. The dress came out fine. Some of the instructions were ambiguous and vague and had some weird things, like instructing you to sew a 2/8" seam...that should be 1/4".  The instructions also could have benefited from a few more clear pictures/illustrations.  It was a bumpier ride than it needed to be.  I'm also over pressing under curves for a while. There was a lot of that!


I think the dress would have had a more finished look had I hemmed at the end doing the straight hem, instead of the curved option.


Will I make it again? Nope.  Probably not.  Or maybe, haha. Who knows!?  This pattern has been around since 2015 and I am apparently the first person who didn't dig it according to everything I could find about it online. That leads me to believe it's more of a 'me' issue than pattern issue.  I'm grouchy and sleep deprived with a colicky baby and I know those things definitely factor in here.

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