In case you’ve missed my announcement on YouTube last week, the months of July and August will be dedicated to the Lisa and Kimberly dress patterns. These two lovely dresses have interchangeable parts, which means that you can choose between the A-line skirt of the Lisa or the half circle skirt of the Kimberly and add it to any of the two bodices you want.
As part of this project, I am going to share with you a series of hacks on how to change the patterns to create different styles. The first hack in the series is how to turn the Lisa dress into a beautiful maxi dress for a special occasion.
To make this dress, I used a gorgeous fabric from Minerva Crafts, who are very kindly sponsoring this series by offering me the fabrics for all the makes. This one is a Lady McElroy cotton poplin that you can find here.
So, to create this modification, you only need to follow a few easy steps. Here’s what you’ll need:
-your Lisa dress pattern
-a big piece of paper
-pencil and scissors
-a ruler and a measuring tape
-your fabric and basic sewing tools
We will start by adjusting the front and back skirt pieces to turn them into a maxi length. To determine how much you want to lengthen the skirt, measure from your natural waist all the way down. Write down that number. Then, measure the length on the original pattern piece and subtract this number from the number of the desired length. That’s how much you will need to add. Don’t forget to add hem allowance as well.
If you are unsure about the length you want to add, it’s always better to add more and chop it off later than making the skirt too short in the first place.
Find the shorten/lengthen line on both pattern pieces and cut along this line.
You will have to spread the two pieces you created by the amount of length you want to add.
Make sure the center front (or center back, if you are working with the back piece) is matching and then redraw the side seam. You will have to extend the hemline as well, following the curve on the original skirt.
And that’s basically it! As soon as you create your new skirt pieces, you are going to follow the exact same steps in the instruction booklet, as if you were making the original Lisa dress.
I really love the look of the maxi Lisa and I think this is an easy modification that can make your dress look completely different! It is perfect for a special occasion, but it can also be styled down for everyday wear.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this hack and if you do try it, please tag me on social media or send me an e-mail. I would LOVE to see it!