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DIY Maxi Dress – McCall’s 7591

Happy Wednesday everyone!

We are back from vacation and my-my-my, did we have a wonderful time.  I’m exhausted!  Some vacations are just like that.  You return home and need another week to recover.  My time clock hasn’t quite caught up to USA time yet, but I should be good by Friday.  Hahaha!

This trip was a celebration of the recent retirement of my husband and another close friend.  We started out in Prague, Czech Republic for three days, then took a cruise along the Danube River, visiting the amazing cities of Regensburg, Nuremburg, and Passau in Germany, Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary.  It was such an amazing trip and one we will remember forever.  I have way too many photos to share, so I will keep it to a minimum between today and next week.

DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591
Congratulations to the two retirees – Cecil & Eric!

Unfortunately my husband was injured on this trip so we weren’t able to participate in all the wonderful walking tours that were offered.  We did go out into town on our own whenever the ship docked.  There were eight couples in our group and everyone was so helpful with my husband.  His mobility was very minimal and he didn’t want to be a burden on anyone, but all our friends made sure he was taken care of.  Although he hated being in this condition, his attitude was wonderful for the entire time.  He made the best of his trip and I’m so grateful to God that we were able to go, despite the injury.

DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591

Today, I’m sharing one of the dresses I wore while we were in Vienna.  I must say that Vienna was my favorite.  We went into town and had breakfast at Cafe Central, the best Coffee House in Vienna (as we were told).  The food was incredible but I didn’t pay attention to what I was ordering and got a plate full of bread.  Yikes!  It was so funny when the waiter put the plate in front of me.  I looked at my husband and we both cracked up laughing.  Anyway, my croissant was the best I’ve ever had in my life.

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Having tea in Vienna!
DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591
That’s a lot of bread!

DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591

After breakfast we went to World of Souvenirs, a huge two-story building with every souvenir you can think of.  Oooh, I had a shopping good time.  I decided to collect teaspoons while on this trip, so I picked up a teaspoon from every city we visited.

DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591

The highlight of our time in Vienna was the horse and carriage ride through the town.  Oh how wonderful it was to sit in the open carriage and see all the beautiful buildings and architecture.  It was kind of strange too because people were staring and waving at us.  Then they started taking pictures of us.  We came to the conclusion that they thought we were celebrities or something. Hahaha!  It was so funny.

DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591

DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591

Short video of Horse & Carriage ride

McCall’s 7591

I LOVE this dress!  I sewed view D because I’m partial to long dresses.  I think I’d like to make view B also with the racerback.  It was pretty easy to sew with six pieces for construction.  I lined the bodice with the same fabric used for the dress.  I wore it casually with flip flops, but I can also see it all dressed up with sandal heels and a clutch purse.

DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591

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DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591

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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!


DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591

DIY Maxi Dess - McCall's 7591

(All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!)

Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 44 Comments

  1. Michelle

    Looks like an amazing time. I love tea cups maybe you can show a couple. lol The dress is so pretty, as usual. Glad you had so much fun.

  2. Sandra

    Hi Anita! I’m glad you had a wonderful time. Nuremburg, Germany is my birthplace. I drink a lot of tea, and that tea cup set in one of your photos got me thinking that I need to find one just like it. I’m sure you got plenty of inspiration for your sewing creations. Maybe the folks there thought your husband was a professional athlete. You both are beautiful and an adorable couple. God Bless!

  3. Alicia

    Sounds and looks like you “celebs” had a great time! Welcome back! Check out Amazon for a spoon display to showcase your collectibles.

  4. Cathy

    Hi Anita,
    I am amazed at your wonderful blog and tutorials. I recently discovered them and am thrilled. You are an amazing women. Thank you for sharing so much about you and sewing!

    I am a new sewer with some machine quilting experience and I am very excited to get started with your tutorial for the circle skirt. I have a question. On your video for this project, you measure you waist and it looks like it is around 30″(my waist is also 30″). This correlates to size 16 on the Butterick B4686 pattern package for the circle skirt. However, in your video in the fabric store, you purchase pattern envelope AA which is for sizes 6-8-10-12, waist 23′ to 26 1/2′. Am I missing something? Since my waist is 30″ is pattern size 16 correct? Thank you!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Cathy! Please excuse my delayed response. I’ve taken a break from blogging to care for my husband.

      You are correct in your observation. I cut a size 12 because I used a knit fabric which stretches and I wanted a very snug fit in the waist. What I have learned since recording this video is than some women have found their skirts to be too large, so this pattern actually runs large (even when you follow the suggested measurements). If you measure a 30″ at waist, you can try cutting a size 12, but I suggest you make a practice garment using an old sheet or very cheap fabric. Sew the skirt together without finishing the edges or inserting the zipper. You’re only sewing it up to the point of being able to try it on to see how it fits at the waist. Instead of inserting the zipper, just try the skirt on and have someone pin it closed for you in the back. After your fitting, you can decide if the size works for you or if you need to try a larger size. I sure hope this helps.

  5. Mercia

    Hello Anita, I am super excited to meetimg you. I bumped into your site this past Friday when I was checking out sewing lessons.

    I am new in sewing. Just did my 1st dress for my stokvel gathering and it didn’t come out the way I wanted but for a 1st project I guess it’s not too bad.

    I’m looking forward to learning from your tutorials. All to your clothes are so classy and I can’t wait to try them out.

  6. Tracy Griffin

    What a gorgeous dress and what a fabulous trip! I’m sure your entire wardrobe was equal to any occasion while you were away. I can’t wait to see more pictures. I love the old grandeur of those historic European cities.

  7. Kris

    What a fabulous trip! So sorry about your hubby. Your dress is beautiful and I am so excited to be part of your sewing family. Taking my first sewing course from you via youtube. You are such a class act!!! thank you so much for sharing your amazing talents.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Kris! So glad to have you join me! Thanks for your support and encouragement.

  8. Nahrin Dixon

    Anita, you look absolutely beautiful,I love that dress! Sorry to hear Cecil was injured. Hope he’s doubt better. You both look so happy and you definitely look like celebrities, that’s why everyone was staring and taking pictures. Lol. Glad you’re home safely. Look forward to seeing you soon. Love you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Nahrin! Thanks girlfriend! It was wonderful!

  9. Peggy

    ? Hi Anita and welcome home. Congrats again on your retirement. It looks like your vacation was amazing and I’m so glad you all had a wonderful, safe trip, and I’m sorry your husband was injured.
    Your dress is beautiful and as always a beautiful choice in fabric. God bless you guys!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Peggy! God bless you too!

  10. Carmen Antón

    Hi Anita, I?m glad you liked Vienna, it’s so beautiful and a great city. Love your dress very much but I suposse the weather was slightly cold. In Spain now we are literally on fire, the temperature is very hard. Kisses

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Carmen! Yes, unfortunately, the weather wasn’t as warm as we expected.

  11. Carol

    Anita!!! So glad you and Sewbrothagothurt had a good time and a safe trip! So I’m thinking
    everyone in Germany reads your blog and recognized you!!!!! The pics you shared were great! Can’t wait to see the others and as usual that dress is BOMB! and you did my fav pose!! LOL!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      LOL! Good try, Carol! That’s what Sewbrotha tried to say. LOL!

  12. Cat

    Gorgeous dress! That looks like an amazing trip! 🙂

  13. Marydee Valdez

    I’m so excited you shared with us. The dress is absolutely gorgeous. You and your husband are a beautiful couple. I can’t wait to see your next post. Thankful you had a great and wonderful trip. It’s refreshing to go overseas and see and meet new people and areas. Welcome back home.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Marydee! Yes, it was wonderful and refreshing!

  14. Linda L

    Hi Anita. Speak that word into existence. I would have asked for your autograph. Love your dress and your material choice. I am going to make that dress. Have a bless day

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Linda! Yes, sister! Thank you! Have fun making your dress.

  15. Elizabeth

    Hi Anita! I recently bought this pattern! The dress looks lovely on you. Beautiful pictures of your adventure!

  16. Susan

    Hi Anita glad you had a lovely time. Love this dress Will get this pattern to make for my holiday in Vietnam in December. Best wishes Susan Peach England.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Susan! Oh, yes! You will love this very comfortable dress. Have fun on your holiday!

  17. Carmen

    You both def look like royalty in that carriage. Looks like a wonderful vacation. Thanks for sharing.

    Did you do any fabric shopping out there?

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Carmen! Thanks so much! No fabric shopping this time.

  18. Roz D

    Congratulations to your husband & friend on their retirement. Ironically, I went out of the country last week and fell down and injured myself. But the trip was still nice.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Roz! Thanks so much! I’m glad you still enjoyed your trip too. My husband was injured before the trip but we still went, determined to have a good time.

  19. Julia B

    Yes! You both are STARS that SHINE! Your guy is a trooper! So glad you are back safe and sound! Take care! I’m going to be making one of your maxi’s!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Julia! Have fun making your maxi.

  20. Dara

    YOU TWO are SOMEBODY! Children of GOD! God Bless you! Thank you for sharing this celebration with us!

    1. Carmen


  21. Michelle

    You two look like you had a blast despite the little set back. Nothing like a positive attitude when faced with an unforseen circumstance.

    The dress is beautiful!! My preference too is also long dresses, just something about them with a pair of heels. :0)

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, Michelle! Attitude is everything!

  22. Miyavo

    You are the moat inspiring person I know. Your smile is contagious! I just simply love your personality and spirit.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Miyavo! Ooooh, thank you so much!

  23. jodie filogomo

    You two are the epitome of perfect, Anita!!
    Bummer for not being able to go on all of the walking trips!! But the carriage ride looks ideal!!
    And how fabulous that you have this dress, that no one else has!! That’s the best thing about sewing your own clothes!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh gosh, Jodie! Thank you sister! Yes, I love being able to make unique pieces.

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