Summer Surprise Anniversary Tour – A Gathered Maxi

Hi! I am so excited to help celebrate the One Year 7 Anniversary of the Summer Surprise Dress & Tunic by Sonfilantjes. If you have been following along on the tour then you know that while the pattern has NOT changed the formatting has. If you have purchased this pattern then you can download the new format from your account. If you were lucky enough to have won this pattern, or tested it, then all you need to do is send off a quick note to, with the subject title of ‘Summer Surprise” and either your proof of purchase or the the email you originally received.

If you have no idea who Sofilantjes is, or what the Summer Surprise Dress & Tunic is, then you should head that way and use the discount code “anniversary” to get 25% off the individual pattern. This code is only good until the 30th of May so you better hurry! In the mean time, stick around here and see how I turn my pattern into a Maxi dress with a gathered waistline.

I choose to use Art Gallery’s Bikeleidoscope in honor of my sister-in-law who is a killer on her bike! She is a great role model for my girls and is never afraid to be just who she is – which is pretty amazing! That is why my girls and I are dubbing this the Kelli’s Summer Surprise. If you like this knit you can get it from our SHOP HERE or choose one of the many other prints that we have available for you.
To get started you are going to need the following SUPPLIES:
  • Summer Surprise Dress & Tunic Pattern
  • ALL supplies as indicated by pattern
  • Additional Yardage of Main Fabric (this will vary per size)
  • About 8 pieces of 8.5×11 Scrap Paper
  • 1/4″ Braided Elastic (one package)
  • Basic Sewing tools
  • Glue Stick or Tape to create new pattern pieces

The first thing you need to do is to measure the distance from the shoulder of your little lady to her ankles. Write this number down. Then referring to the ‘Size Chart’ in the pattern, subtract the dress length from the measurement that you wrote down. The resulting number is the amount of length that you need to add to the pattern to create this maxi-length version. Tap a few pieces of scrap paper together and cut it to equal your needed length + 1″. Now cut the your pattern between the two length markings (tunic and dress) so that you have two pieces. Tap the piece of scrap paper in between the cut so that the distance is equal to your extension measurement. Using a ruler match up your side-seam lines and cut off the excess scrap paper. Repeat this process for the back pieces taking care that the lengths match. 
Now you have Maxi length pattern pieces, but we are not done cutting yet. Looking at the top of your pattern piece and cut along ‘Line L’ to create a bodice pattern piece and a skirt pattern piece. Repeat this for the back cutting along ‘Line N.’
To add the seam allowance (1/4″) and casing length (3/4″) we are basically going to do the same thing we just did, to create the maxi. Add 1/4″ to the bodice piece and a 3/4″ to the skirt piece. Then mark and trim the side seams and cut off the excess scrap paper.
Now that you have the new pattern pieces you can follow the directions in the tutorial from steps 1-12, using the front and back bodice pieces only. Once you have completed step 12 you should have the front & back bodice that are attached at the shoulders and your two skirt pieces that are NOT attached…yet.
Now to create the casing for the elastic the first thing you need to do is mark a line on the WRONG side of you fabric 3/4″ below the top of your skirt piece. Using this line, place the bottom of the the bodice RIGHT SIDE TOGETHER onto the skirt and pin in place. It should look like this.
Now using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch your two pieces together, then press the bodice up.
After I pressed my seams I used a cover-stitch machine to finish the edges and add detail to the dress. This is NOT necessary, but it is pretty!
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch the raw edge of the skirt piece to the bodice. This creates the casing for your elastic. Repeat these steps for the back of the dress.
***Just a note!*** Of course I was making this at night once my kids were in bed and stores are closed. So, I had to use the elastic that I had on hand, which was a clear elastic. I would not suggest using this, unless you are sewing at midnight and really want to finish. A 1/2″ braided elastic will work much better! 
Take the waist measurements that you are working with and divide that in half and use this as your starting point for the length of elastic that you will need to create a gathered high waistline. Then simply to attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread it through the casing you just created, on your dress, so that you have about a 1/4″ of the elastic extending from each side of your dress. Secure the ends of the elastic to the dress with safety pins. Now hold this up to your little one and see if it is a good amount of gather without squeezing her. 
Once you are happy with it, pin the ends in place and baste stitch over them a few times to secure them. Now you are ready to join your sides seams as indicated in step 13 of the pattern and complete your dress. 
I hope that you enjoyed this adaption. Thanks for visiting with me today. Don’t forget that you can enter the raffelcopter below to win some amazing prizes for the Summer Surprise Blog Tour. We hope you visit us again!

0 thoughts on “Summer Surprise Anniversary Tour – A Gathered Maxi

  1. Happy Anniversary to Sofilantjes! This is such a cute maxi. Love the fabric and the cutie modeling it.

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