My new favorite - Mission Maxi Dress cut on the bias. I matched the stripes so that I could create a chevron print with the striped fabric. I also wanted to try something different with the back, so I cut out view B and added a braided piece to the back.
I used this tutorial to make the braid. To determine how long the braid should be, I measured the distance from center back to the neckline. I then doubled that length for the braided fabric. After I braided the fabric, I pinned it to center back and measured how much of the braid I needed to cut off. I made sure to allow extra fabric for the seam allowance when sewing the braid to center back.
The dress is cut on the bias with 2 front pieces and 2 back pieces rather than cutting one front and back on the fold. Be sure to add the seam allowance for the center seams.
I didn't even think of folding the fabric on the bias and then cut the front and back pieces on the 45 degree angle fold. This would have eliminated the center seam and the chevron stripes would have lined up perfectly. I'll give that a try next time. Actually, that would be a bad idea. I would have diagonal stripes and not chevron (thanks Caroline for the warning).
I also altered the pattern slightly. I dropped the armscye 1" and lowered the center back by 1.5". I adjusted the hem by extending it 3" on each side. Below is an illustration of the alterations (click to enlarge).
Now all I need is warm weather so that I can wear the maxi. It hailed yesterday and we are on spring break right now. Crazy!
I love this infinity scarf! It's from Urban Outfitters. I usually get headaches when I wear scarves, but not with this scarf. It's light weight and super drape-y. Not to mention the snuggle factor is off the charts with this scarf.
For now I'll have to cover up my Mission Maxi with a long cardi, scarf, and thick tights to keep me warm.