The Maple Dress with a Twist
I am so excited that I can finally share this new pattern by Cocowawa Crafts with you all…introducing the MAPLE DRESS! The Maple dress is a loosely shaped dress featuring a double breasted collar, a midi or short quarter circle skirt, and three different sleeve options.
Depending on the look you desire, you can use a light or medium weight fabric. For me I chose to use a 100% cotton African print fabric which results in a semi-structured look and I love it! I bought this fabric during a trip in Ghana last year and I am so happy I chose to use it for this project.
I live for garments with a cinched waist of garments that outline my body shape. I always make sure there is a balance: cinched/defined waist = long dress or shift dress = above the knee length. This pattern totally throws this off for me which is why I wanted to try it and challenge myself. As you can see, I ended up adding side ties to it to make it work for my body. Always remember that you can make a pattern work for you. Break the rules! Have fun with it!
My Process & modifications
I made version A with short sleeves in size 5 for both the bodice and skirt. There was no need to grade between sizes because of the loose fitting shape of the dress. I added ties to the sides which was not one of the dress features but I did that to get some shape in the waist. I cut out four 30 by 1 inch wide rectangles, ironed and stitched them. I also raised the waist by about an inch, chose the shorter skirt length, and simply shortened the sleeves. In this version, I used facings for the bodice but I will try lining the bodice fully in my next version.
Things I love about the Maple Dress
Double breasted collar! That is my favorite thing about this dress.
Pockets (who doesn’t love pockets?)
Quarter circle skirt, which is very flattering
Overall, The Maple Dress is easy to sew, has multiple variations, and is a great challenge for beginners. There will definitely be another Maple Dress in my wardrobe soon, when spring finally decides to show up.