As a member of the Sew Over it PDF Club, I get to see – and buy- their new pattern releases a week ahead of the general public. Of course, then I also have to keep those patterns a secret from the general public until the wider release. Normally this is no problem, but every now and then they release a pattern that I get super psyched about right away. That is what happened this month.
Meet Maisie, inspired by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
I was thrilled when this popped into my inbox last Wednesday, and I immediately purchased, downloaded and printed out the PDF. I quickly taped it together and found some fabric in my stash that I thought would work perfectly for the new pattern.
I made quick work of the pattern and had it ready to go and photographed well before the general release. Of course, I absolutely forgot to take any pictures of the sewing process in my excitement to have a finished product.
And then I had to wait quietly for this past Wednesday so I could FINALLY post about it.
The fabric I used it also from Sew Over It. It’s one of their Lisa Comfort designs. It is not currently in stock in this color way but you can get it in different colors, as well as their other cotton lawns. It’s a really great fabric to work with. The pattern recommends cotton lawns and sateens for everyday dresses, but also brocades for something fancier!
Maisie is the perfect blend of modern day dress with the vintage style that I love. It is a tad fancier than I would normally wear for everyday, but I’ll probably end up making that work with accessories. For these images, I had to break out the pearls to create the perfect 50’s look for the photos.
As far as sewing goes, Maisie goes together pretty easily. Beginners may have trouble with the bias-bound neckline, but everything else in the pattern is very straightforward and no fancy special techniques are really needed. However, I don’t think this would be the first pattern I recommend to an absolute beginner, but if you’ve got a few dress projects under your belt, I say give it a try!
I have a beautiful white and blue/purple stretch cotton that I think I’m going to use to make my second Maisie because, believe me, there WILL be a second one!