I bought this Jalie knit dress pattern last year for 2 reasons: 1 I love knit dresses, and 2 I’ve had great success with Jalie patterns, along with seemingly everyone else who’s tried them.
I finally got around to making this the other day. I’ve seen a couple tank style maxi dresses on blogs (Stacy and Erica B in particular) and thought I might like one too. I have a shorter tank dress that is really flattering, so I set out to make a longer version of it using this pattern as a starting point. However, my skills are not that great, so I decided to first make an unaltered version for my daughter first. She needs more clothes anyway. I added the optional flounce because she’s 7 and 7 year olds love that stuff.
One weird thing about this pattern is that the front and back bodice are the exact same piece, making the front and back of the dress one in the same. This is perfect for her, because she is always putting her clothes on backwards. However, I won’t be doing that on mine. I also realized after making this that the waist inset really needs to be in a contrasting fabric, otherwise it just gets lost.
So, I am in the midst of altering the pattern for my dress, so stay tuned.