Maai Design Blog Tour

10:00 usefulbox 6 Comments

Today is super exciting for me.  It's my first time participating in a Blog Tour and I couldn't be more happy than to be participating in the lovely, Maaike's of Maai Design, tour.  I met Maaike's originally through our local craft night.  She was making her Carolyn PJ's and I was, well, trying to sew but really just chatting instead!

Maai Design is an awesome online fabric store stocking beautiful Belgian Fabrics, both Woven and Knits.  

And until March 26th, 2016, you can receive 10% off your purchase using the code maaidesign10%.

Maaike invited us to make up whatever we wanted in her fabrics.  I immediately wanted to make another (you'll see that soon) McCalls #6696 Shirtdress.  My new favourite dress!

Even though I had a clear idea of what I wanted to make, it took me ages and ages to decide on this Soft Cactus Indian Fever in Blue.  I was tempted to make it with contrasting fabrics on the yokes and waistband but decided I'll just be bold in one pattern.  I'm so glad I did!

The fabric is also very wide, at 145cm, and therefore much easier to lay out large patterns.  I still have some left over and plan to make something else (watch this space!).  Maaike also sells the fabric in 25cm lots at roughly $4.75 so it's super easy to get what you need. 

You'll notice that my dress is not that similar to the pattern as I did take quite a bit of creative liberty with the pattern.  I don't feel collars suit me at the moment so I did away with that design element along with not needing the sleeves.  But the main change is really the neckline feature of adding the cutaway.  I hoped it would add some more interest thus making it even more unique!

I also added the self fabric tie belt which the pattern does not dictate.  I need something to cinch in my waist and this was the best option. 

I was also very indecisive about the buttons and the ladies that offered their advice at the haberdashery shop probably wondered how I even get through my day.  But I am so happy I went with the blue buttons instead of orange buttons like they suggested! I didn't want the dress to be about the buttons!

Overall I have loved sewing this fabric and it's softening as I wear and wash it.  I feel fabulous and unique in it.  It won't be the last time I use this pattern and it certainly won't be my last purchase from Maai Design! I have my eye on this Rhythm in the Rain fabrics a shirt for my husband! 

Don't forget to visit all the other fabulous bloggers to see what they have made with this gorgeous fabric! I'm so excited to see what we have all made. Sewpony has made THE cutest little dress for her daughter!!! 

March 8th - Suz from Sewpony
March 10th - Kate from Sewing With Kate
March 11th - Allison from The Tall Mama
March 12th - Suzanne from Dressed in Pretty Little Things
March 13th - Toni from Make It Perfect
March 14th - Natalie from Sew Outnumbered
March 15th - Jenya from While She Was Sleeping 
March 16th - Nicola from Create.nic
March 17th - Shelley from Bartacks and Singletrack
March 18th - Maaike from MaaiDesign



You're take on this pattern is great! You made a perfect fabric choice too! x Allison

That is a perfect shirt dress! I'm so glad you resisted the contrast bits and bright buttons. The fabric speaks perfectly in this simple version. Lovely!

usefulbox said...

Oh thank you The Tall Mama and Lightnign McStitch...your comments mean a lot! Thanks xxx

Gorgeous make Caroline!! I've just started making my first M6696 a couple of days ago but not in such a gorgeous fabric haha! :)

Loe the fact you took some liberty and adjusted the pattern to suit you :) Isn't it wonderful to be able to do that! The dress surned out lovely. When I was browsing through the shop I wasn't sure how this fabric might look as a garment for a girl/woman. Now I know - it looks fab!

usefulbox said...

Hi Nat - I can't wait to see your shirtdress. I actually have fun making this's my second so far with more planned! xxx

Jenya - thanks for your lovely comment. It is wonderful to make something fit you properly. Aren't we clever to be able to do that! I saw Maaike in her Rushcutter dress in that fabric and knew I had to have it! xx