The mission Maxi Dress

Ok, so not the most original of blog post title, but I could not think of anything else to call it.

I finally found time today to make something for myself. Knowing that young sir would be interrupting me every so often for his various needs, I looked for something easy to do. I have been looking around the blogosphere for easy and quick projects, and one that kept coming up was the Mission Maxi dress by Jamie Christina.

The pics are a bit hit and miss because Mr.Dibs was about to go for a run when I begged him to take some pictures of me. That did not go down too well with him.

Busy giving instructions to a very disgruntled Mr.Dibs
The weather has been really horrible today, so there was no way I was venturing out of the house without a cardigan. Hopefully when summer decides to roll around, I will be able to wear it without a cardigan. It has a really interesting back. You can see it better here.

The dress was really easy to make, with only two main pattern pieces, both cut on the fold, and the binding strip, which is used to bind the neck and armholes.

I decided not to complete the binding, so it is half done. Actually when I was doing it, junior Mr.Dibs II decided to wake up. When I tried it on later, I quite liked the unfinished look.

Now for the stats

Pattern Used: Mission Maxi Dress by Jamie Christina

Pattern Sizing: I made a size 14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were uber easy. She even gives tips on how to sew jersey with your regular machine, for those without overlockers/sergers.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the dress. There’s nothing I dislike about the pattern.

Fabric Used: Some jersey I bought from Walthamstow market for £1/meter.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None

Would you sew it again? What a silly question. I intend to make as little as 5 for the summer. 

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!



  1. Anonymous
    May 14, 2012 / 8:08 pm

    Great to see you back and making stuff again Dibs, the dress is great and you look fabulous, certainly don't look like you have a new baby! Hope you're enjoying it all.
    Debbie B

  2. May 14, 2012 / 8:19 pm

    Good job!!!! Yup this has helped a great deal! I know we are similar in the hip department and I have been debating about what size to make.

  3. May 14, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    Love this Dibs – I'm so getting this pattern now! You look gorgeous too by the way!!!

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  5. May 14, 2012 / 8:29 pm

    thanks Marie. you will love the pattern. its so easy to sew.

  6. May 14, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    yeah i was not sure what to make either. In the end I just went for the 14. Since its stretch, it was ok. I am currently working on the vogue you made. should hopefully sew it by wednesday.

  7. May 14, 2012 / 8:32 pm

    Thanks Debbie. I'm enjoying it, but not all the time. lol. I could do with some sleep now.

  8. May 14, 2012 / 8:50 pm

    Looking beautiful Dibs! I love the results and drape of the fabric.

  9. May 14, 2012 / 9:40 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! You look great, and this dress is so glamorous!

  10. May 15, 2012 / 12:42 am

    Dibs you look fab! That does it, I must have the Mission Maxi.

  11. May 15, 2012 / 12:54 am

    You are looking particularly glamorous for a new mom. Great dress!

  12. May 15, 2012 / 5:45 am

    Looking great Dibs! I just received this pattern in the mail, hopefully I can get to it this weekend….

  13. May 15, 2012 / 5:50 am

    I love the dress, it looks great and good that it's easy enough to fit in between the feeds and nappies etc.

  14. May 15, 2012 / 6:39 am

    You looks so glamourous in that dress. Love the colour combo.

  15. May 15, 2012 / 6:46 am

    Wahou, love your maxi dress !It's really great on you !

  16. May 15, 2012 / 9:32 am

    Hmmm… maxi dress… + knit fabric… + gorgeous lady? It must be Miss. Dibs!!!
    Great make hun – lookin v. good!
    P.S. I was up in my loft on Sunday rummaging around trying to find some home-dec fabric I *thought* I'd stored in there when I came across some more knit patterned fabric… if I send you a pic on email of the fabric you might just want it, if you do let me know and I'll post it to you (or we could meet up ;)?)

  17. May 15, 2012 / 10:01 am

    You are one stunning sewing sister!

    Can't wait to see the other FOUR, mad woman!! hahaha

    I thought I was mad making 2 Sew Retro Bombshell Dresses!!

    Caffy @

  18. May 15, 2012 / 10:24 am

    Love the colour and drape of the fabric and only £1 a meter? Bargain!

  19. May 15, 2012 / 12:03 pm

    wow, you look amazing, like a film star!! Go girl. x x x

  20. May 15, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    Thanks Mela.Your red maxi pushed me to make this lol.

  21. May 15, 2012 / 1:13 pm

    Aww thank you.I am getting so inspired by your renfrews, so I imagine you will be seeing one popping on my blog soon.

  22. May 15, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    Thanks Jane. i was not even considering the colour when I bought it, just the price. I'm that cheap lol

  23. May 15, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    Thanks Faye. You will love it . It is so easy, and you can easily whip up more than 1 in an afternoon.

  24. May 15, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    Oh boy, I wish i looked like this all the time. Sadly it is not to be. lol

  25. May 15, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    Candice you will be happily surprised at how fast it comes together.

  26. May 15, 2012 / 1:18 pm

    I think thats what I loved best about making it, being able to make it during my "breaks"

  27. May 15, 2012 / 1:20 pm

    Thanks Catherine. And I am looking forward to seeing what pattern you use for your maxi dress. I have that vogue pattern you are considering right now, so believe me when I say I am "very" interested in your project.

  28. May 15, 2012 / 1:21 pm

    Thanks Lasandrou.

  29. May 15, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    Aww Claire that is so sweet of you. I don't need to see pics of the fabric….we wants it. lol

  30. May 15, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    2 bombshell dresses? wow. I am still to make my first. Trust me, if you had this pattern, you will make it more than once.

  31. May 15, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    The price had me reaching for it like a zombie. lol

  32. May 15, 2012 / 1:25 pm

    Thanks Charlotte. My head is getting noticeably bigger now.

  33. May 15, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    You look glamorous! The colours are great together and on you, very co-ordinated and not at all like the mummy of a very small baby. Where are the spit up marks, lol? I had never heard of this brand of patterns and am off to check it out.

  34. May 15, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    wow you look fab!! The colour of the dress matched with the cardigan works really together, looks very stylish too!!

  35. May 15, 2012 / 7:18 pm

    Love your dress with your red cardigan, you look fantastic!

  36. May 15, 2012 / 7:45 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous, it looks great with the red cardigan, and you look fabulous!! 🙂

  37. May 16, 2012 / 7:26 am

    Miss Dibs you are too glam for words….classy lady. Looks fabulous

  38. May 16, 2012 / 9:10 am

    Oh my goodness – I thought you had just had a baby?! You look amazing Miss Dibs!
    The red works really well with the taupe of the dress, and the fit is spot on. But I still can't get over how you look like a flipping film star. How old is your child again? I looked like I had been hit by a hurricane for at least three years after my kids were born!

  39. May 16, 2012 / 5:29 pm

    What a fabulous dress and you look so comfortable!!! Love the whole ensemble you are rocking here.

  40. May 16, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Trust me, the spit up marks are there. lol

  41. May 16, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Thanks Sarah

  42. May 16, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Thanks Alexandra

  43. May 16, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    hihihihihihi….I've got the rage.

  44. May 16, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    hihihi…film star? ahem, I should point Mr.Dibs to this comment.

  45. May 16, 2012 / 5:53 pm

    Thanks Lynne

  46. May 16, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    Thanks Meg.

  47. May 17, 2012 / 11:36 am

    I love this dress. It looks great with the red cardigan and you absolutely rock this outfit!

  48. May 17, 2012 / 8:50 pm

    Oh my Miss Dibbs… you look utterly amazing and so totally not like you just had a baby! You are working that dress. It looks so elegant and stylish on you for a pattern so simple. Gorgeous!

  49. Anonymous
    May 20, 2012 / 6:13 pm

    Did you make the cardi? It is beautiful. Please give the specs if you made it. Thank you & Blessings:)

  50. May 27, 2012 / 9:24 am

    Gorgeous job! I love this pattern to bits and I have to agree that your unfinished binding works really well here. I guess it would depend on the fabric.

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