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Halter Maxi Dress – Simplicity 1881

Hello everyone!  I’m feeling super relaxed now.  My husband and I got away for some much needed rest and relaxation.  I’m feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever awaits me.  One of the many projects I must give attention to is my sewing studio.  I really want to get back to recording more video tutorials, but I have to get my space semi-ready first.  In between decorating and organizing the house and the studio, I’ll be sewing up a few pieces and sharing them with you here on the blog.

Halter Maxi Dress – Simplicity 1881

This is the cute maxi dress I made over a week ago that I mentioned last week in my blog post.  I made it for two occasions.  I wore it to the Hollywood Bowl–Smooth Summer Jazz Festival, and I took it with me to wear one day during our getaway.  This is another easy sew.  I’m so in love with this gorgeous fabric, and it feels great on the body.  I purchased it at Michael Levine Fabrics (link below) during the Mimi G Style Conference in July.  My sew sister, Karen, was standing in front of me in the fabric cutting line and she had this bolt in her arms.  I eyeballed it and asked her to pass it to me when she was done getting her cut.  Then she and I took turns holding each other’s spot in line while we went to look at more fabric (you know, just in case we missed something).  I knew I wanted to make a maxi dress with it, and I’m well pleased with the outcome of this one.  Hmmm… I think I’m starting to really like halters.  Hehehe!

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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.

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  1. Karen

    Anita, I adore this dress and it looks spectacular on you!
    That dress style is so very classic and the boho print really transfoms it! That fabric is soooo yummy. I love bamboo knit and when I saw it at ML in KNEW I had to have it!! Lol
    ( thanks for the mention in your post, we sew sisters have to stick together!!??)
    Mine has been washed and dried but and sits patiently waiting for me to make a decision! LOL

  2. Jeannie J

    Love the dress, looks really good on you. Enjoy your getaway. Looks beautiful where are. You are truly blessed.

  3. Dina

    Love this! Another smashing outfit. Love the fabric. Is the fabric like a rayon batik?

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Dina! This one is softer and drapes better, in my opinion.

  4. Sheila DS

    I love the fabric, and having seen it on you in person, I can say it is simply fabulous! Another great pick, Anita!! Hope you are enjoying your R&R.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Sheila! Having a blast!

  5. Sandra

    Hi Anita! What a beautiful dress and you look beautiful wearing it. I hope you and your husband are having a great time!

  6. Ursula

    Hi Anita. You look lovely as usual, I have never heard of bamboo knit, but I am certainly willing to give this dandy a try. I love the fit and the way the dress hangs, it looks absolutely fabulous on you. Thank you so much for sharing and I am glad that you and your husband got away after the move.

    1. Anita Morris

      Heeeyyy Ursula! Thank you so much! I had never heard of bamboo knit either until I saw it that day. I’m so glad I know about it now because I just love it and will definitely use it again.

  7. Liz

    Very ptetty

  8. Lora

    Anita…your fit on this Halter is sew on point. Can you talk about your process for achieving this in the pattern manipulation phase…thanks:)

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Lora! I didn’t have to make any pattern adjustments. I cut a size 10 instead of the size 14 that is suggested for my bust measurement (36″). Also, I used a smaller piece of elastic than that suggested by the pattern piece. I measured the elastic across my back to accommodate the fit I wanted in that area and used that instead of using the pattern piece to measure. I’ve learned, from experience, how to choose my size based on the style of the garment, the fit I want and the type of fabric being used.

  9. Dara

    Very Pretty! Happy National Sewing Month!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Dara! Happy National Sewing Month!

  10. Florence

    The dress is gorgeous and the fit is great.

  11. Sherry

    You look so pretty. I love it.

    Now that summer is winding down and I have less on my plate, I can get back to the beginners sewing tutorials.

    I just love your work.

    Be blessed my sister and I can’t wait to see the new studio.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Sherry! Happy sewing!

  12. Angela

    What makes a halter great to me is great fit. You have aced it.GREAT DRESS!

  13. CallMeSu

    I loooooovr this!!! The fabric is spot on!!!

  14. Vanda

    That is a very pretty dress. I love the fabric.

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  16. Nina

    I love the halter dress it is so nice

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