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The Maple Dress with a Twist

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.


Fabric chosen

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.


First impression

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.

Happy Sewing!


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