Simplicity 2444 maxi dress featuring John Kaldor

Don’t you just love summer? I love summer, a lot. When summer comes around, everyone seems genuinely happy. People smile at you on the road, you get to eat ice cream without worrying about getting a cold, the sun is still out at 9pm, and more specifically, I get to wear maxi dresses without heavy coats for protection.

Last week I had a situation regarding an overlocker I bought, which left me really upset, so on Friday I found myself at Goldhawk road, where I spent more money than I wanted to, and got even more upset. In the evening I decided to sew something, to take my mind off unhappy thoughts. I have been craving maxi dresses lately, especially as Summer is just round the corner, and decided to use the bodice of Simplicity 2444.

This pattern does not need any introduction I think, as there have been so many versions on so many blogs. I made this dress about 2 years ago when I just had Noah, and even though I wanted to make more versions, I never got round to it. 
I used a John Kaldor fabric I bought from Abakhan in Manchester when I spent a week there in February. I bought it on sale for about £2.50 or £3. I bought 3 metres, and I always knew I wanted to make a maxi dress from it. I have been slowly collecting John Kaldor fabric, and I really love the quality of their fabrics. 
Since I had sewn this pattern before, there were not any nasty surprises in store for me. It was a pretty easy make. Stress free, which was exactly what I wanted. I did not make any changes to the pattern, but for the skirt, I just used two rectangles, each 40″ long, with the width the full width of the fabric. Not very original I know, but I did not want to complicate my sewing.
The weather was really nice today, and we had my younger brother and a few friends round ours and I just had to wear my new dress. 

I can assure you I was not drunk in this picture. My friend, who is an expert at mixing cocktails, made some using Plymouth Gin, which I had never had, but which I now like….a lot.

Hopefully my overlocker situation resolves itself this week and I can sew more stuff. I used French seams on this dress, but that takes a lot of time and having the overlocker will speed things up for me. I have a major event to attend on Saturday 31st, and I wanted to use my overlocker to sew my dress. I now have to find a backup pattern, to use if my overlocker does not get fixed in time.
On the house front, we have seen a house we REALLY like, so fingers crossed they accept  our offer.
What summer sewing have you been/plan on doing?I know maxis are the way forward for me this summer ( as always).


  1. May 25, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Love the dress-your ingenuity and skill paid off. The fabric is gorgeous.

  2. May 25, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    I love your dress and how you turned it into a maxi!

  3. May 26, 2014 / 3:09 am

    You look awesome! Fantastic fabric choice (:

  4. May 26, 2014 / 8:47 am

    Your dress looks fabulous. Well done!

  5. May 26, 2014 / 9:06 am

    This is gorgeous! What a great idea for a maxi dress, and one I am going to steal! Good old S2444, this pattern is just so fab. Great minds clearly do think alike, because I'm making a maxi dress at the minute. It's By Hand London's Anna, which makes me think of the gorgeous maxi Anna you made. I hope you get your overlocker fixed, they're amazing when they work, but a pain in the bum when they don't.

  6. May 26, 2014 / 9:15 am

    I love it – the print is great and the colour looks amazing on you! Perfect summer dress.

  7. May 26, 2014 / 11:56 am

    Perfect! I love maxi dresses and the fabric is fabulous. The colour really suits you too.

  8. May 26, 2014 / 12:11 pm

    Wahou, this maxi-dress is really great on you, I love the fabric.
    I'm crossing fingers too for the house you saw !
    For the summer, I'm planning a nettie maxi dress and a few maxi wrap dresses but as the weather is bad, i'm not in the mood for them yet.

  9. May 26, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    Oh this is so beautiful and just perfect! Looking so beautiful too!

  10. May 26, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    rectangles are the bomb, especially when they contribute to a knockout like this. good luck on your overlocker… we all need machine elves who will check our machines while we sleep!

  11. May 26, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    I love that fabric and it looks amazing on you. 🙂 I hope your overlocker starts working again.

  12. May 26, 2014 / 11:59 pm

    yay! You're back & sewing! I love this dress – you look gorgeous in it!

  13. May 27, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing! I never would've thought to turn this pattern into a maxi, but it's completely awesome! Also… I'm going to come right out and say it- your brother is a hunk!

  14. May 27, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    Hahahahaha. I'll make sure to tell him Sonja.

  15. May 27, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    Thanks Robin. The fabric was such a steal as well.

  16. June 3, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Such a beautiful dress Dibs! The colour and print are gorgeous on you and perfect for this style of maxi. What's the news on the overlocker??

  17. July 6, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    I love this dress. Super cute! and yes I love love love the european summer. It is often short, but I appreciate summer a lot more now (I am Australian….. so my perception of the seasons is a little different). Love the maxiness!

  18. July 8, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    I like the dress and the fabric used for it. Since you used a fabric with a detailed print, I would say you are allowed to use the two rectangles method (it always works for me =) )

  19. October 30, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    I love the fabric and the demure neckline, you look gorgeous.

    Well done!

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