Lace Up Front Maxi Dress


I have finally finished this gorgeous maxi dress just in time for spring!  I'm loving the current lace up trend so when I saw this New Look 6448 pattern displayed at Joann's I had to make it. 
The fabric was also found at Joann's.  It's some kind of rayon challis with an abstract floral print, it's really pretty with a nice drape.  I purchased small gold eyelets for the lace up part along with a simple woven cord in black.

Now on to the pattern!  I sewed up View A, size 10.  Even though the pattern packaging says "easy" I still got stuck in the step of putting the front band together.  And wouldn't you know it,  I called up the Simplicity help line and spoke to someone right away.  My stumped step was so simple and just a confusion on my part of not knowing which was the band and the facing.  Probably a sewing rookie mistake.  Anyway, I had a moment of clarity after talking to Simplicity about it.  I finished that band right up and kept chugging along.

This was also the first time I inserted eyelets to a garment.  I got some ideas on YouTube on how to install them correctly plus practiced a lot on scrap fabric with the same fabric layering as the front band.

I'm really happy how the dress turned out.  I love it so much I'm definitely going to be making View B in a chambray.  Can't wait!  Stay tuned!!


  1. Nice dress! You look great. I never knew you could call simplicity for help! Do the others offer that as well?

    1. Thanks Amie! Yes I've had to call Simplicity a couple of times and it's been helpful for me. I think the other pattern companies have customer service but it's not clear if they help with pattern questions. However I wouldn't hesitate to try to reach out to them if I had a question. :)


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