I started searching for non-knit maxi skirt patterns. Then I remembered I had some maxi dress patterns. And here they are!
Simplicity 8497: From the 60's, this beautiful dress. I would sew the more simple version, view 3 shown in blue. It has a braided trim, v shaped opening, slight empire waist and gathered skirt.
Vogue 8559: Or, from the 70's, this full flowing long dress with a sash. It has a scoop neck, optional ruffle at the neck and a back zipper. The sash helps to hold in the fullness of this loose-fitting slightly tent shaped dress.
I ordered some rayon challis in taupe with small yellow dots. I've never sewn with challis and I hope it's nice! It was so hard to choose fabric for this dress. I didn't want it to be too bold or bright. Even though I was attracted to some floral and aztec prints, I know that if its simple I will wear it more. But I hope these colors won't look to bland!
So, what version do you think? I'm leaning towards the flowy one from the 70's.
I can't wait to get my fabric. I also ordered some Swiss dot lawn in a spring green and a black and white dot lawn. Guess I was in the mood for polka dots!