October 19, 2020

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The Wildflower Maxi Dress - A Pixie Faire Pattern Hack

Surely by now you’ve seen a dress (or made one) from Buzzin Bea’s Wildflower Dress Pattern. It is sooo pretty and has so many fun options. Recently @forofsuch was inspired by all the ads for cute women’s dresses seen in her IG stories to make a maxi dress for her dolls!

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Follow along as she shows us how to turn the regular Wildflower Dress into a beautifully flowing maxi dress! On to the post...

I love the ruffled neckline and sleeves of the Wildflower Dress, so this was the pattern I decided to modify for my maxi dress. I had to decide between a two-tier skirt and a three-tier skirt for this maxi style, since I’ve seen and liked both kinds. My main inspiration dress from those ads had four tiers! But since our dolls aren’t as gifted in height, I decided to go for the two-tier style.

I calculated the correct proportions, and this will be simple for you since you just need to make two rectangular pattern pieces. 

 

Supplies:

  • Wildflower Dress Pattern
  • Paper (graph paper if you have it)
  • Tape
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • ½ yard fabric (type as specified in pattern)

    Step 1: Print out all the pattern pieces. For this maxi dress, we are not going to need to make the Skirt and Skirt Ruffle pieces as directed by the pattern; we will be making our own.

    Step 2: Using your paper, tape, and ruler, you will need to make a pattern piece measuring 12 inches by 6 1/2 inches for the Skirt piece. I really like using graph paper when patterns ask you to make your own pieces like this; it really takes a lot of the guessing out of the process.

    Step 3: Using your paper, tape, and ruler again, now make a pattern piece that is 22 inches by 4 ½ inches for the Skirt Ruffle.

    Step 4: Remember to mark both pieces with “Cut 1 on Fold”.

    Step 5: You’re done making modifications! Now use these two pattern pieces in place of the Skirt and Skirt Ruffle pattern pieces you would have made to cut out your fabric. Even with these larger pattern pieces, I can still make this dress with half a yard of material!

    Step 6: Follow all pattern directions until the dress is finished.

    I have made many tops and dresses from the Wildflower Dress pattern, but I think this is my favorite! You don’t often see our 18” friends in long dresses so it really is something you can make that is unique and trendy!

    Thanks, everyone!

    @forofsuch, for Pixie Faire

     

     

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    100 Comments

    Debra
    Debra

    October 26, 2020

    I love the 2-tier, so I would probably make that – it seems so elegant to me. This was a clever idea, thanks for sharing!

    Mary
    Mary

    October 25, 2020

    Love the 2 tier dress the best.

    Angie W
    Angie W

    October 25, 2020

    Love the look of it. Would definitely make it.

    Terry
    Terry

    October 24, 2020

    I would make it with 3 tiers.

    Beverly Teeter
    Beverly Teeter

    October 24, 2020

    I have loved every pattern I have tried, and will add this in all three tiers to the my favorites!

    Nina
    Nina

    October 24, 2020

    The 3-tiered is very nice.

    Amelia
    Amelia

    October 24, 2020

    I would make 3!

    Deb H
    Deb H

    October 23, 2020

    I like both the 1 and 3 tier dresses.

    Penny Kline
    Penny Kline

    October 23, 2020

    Love the three tiered! My choice for the best one to sew.

    Dianne
    Dianne

    October 23, 2020

    I like one tier.

    Monya
    Monya

    October 23, 2020

    I meant to write one-tier!

    Monya
    Monya

    October 23, 2020

    I would make the one-timer, it’s adorable!

    Marylin
    Marylin

    October 23, 2020

    All three.

    lisa m rainey
    lisa m rainey

    October 23, 2020

    I would make the 3 Tier dress.
    The more the merrier.

    Fran
    Fran

    October 23, 2020

    The 2-tier dress.

    Florence
    Florence

    October 23, 2020

    I love the one tier! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Gail
    Gail

    October 23, 2020

    I’d make a 3 tiered of course.

    Connie M
    Connie M

    October 23, 2020

    3 tier. Love the ruffles!!

    Beaj
    Beaj

    October 23, 2020

    Love the animal print, but they are all gorgeous

    Peggy
    Peggy

    October 23, 2020

    I would make Number 3, animal print. It is super trendy. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Pamela
    Pamela

    October 23, 2020

    A 1-tier classic for me!

    Sue Fisher
    Sue Fisher

    October 23, 2020

    I really like the flower dress, but I like the solid one to.I would have to make both.

    designdreamer
    designdreamer

    October 23, 2020

    The floral one is gorgeous!!. I agree with the author – three tiers are too much. Two are pretty, but I think none would also be appropriate.

    Cathy
    Cathy

    October 23, 2020

    Love that you give us all the measurements so we can do this ourselves!! Thank you so much

    Sheila
    Sheila

    October 23, 2020

    Love the animal print!

    Bev
    Bev

    October 23, 2020

    I would go with 2 tiers

    J.J. Goody
    J.J. Goody

    October 23, 2020

    The multi-tiered dresses look similar to the ones I’ve designed for Barbie. And they took quite a bit of mathematical calculation to do each tier (and many hours of hand sewing).
    For the first one, I made the bodice separate from the skirt: https://pin.it/511JbPu
    And the second is all together: https://pin.it/1fXjyHM

    April B
    April B

    October 23, 2020

    Classic!

    Sherril
    Sherril

    October 23, 2020

    I would make the 3 tier dress

    Barbara
    Barbara

    October 23, 2020

    This is a great pattern!

    Donna
    Donna

    October 23, 2020

    The one tier maxi dress, maybe just make one of each, thanks.

    Barb
    Barb

    October 23, 2020

    I love all of them so I would definitely make all 3 in many colors some with 1 tier, some with 2 tiers and some with 3 tiers. This will be so cute and you can use lots of different colors.

    Rhonda
    Rhonda

    October 23, 2020

    Adorable hack!!

    Katherine E Ackerman
    Katherine E Ackerman

    October 23, 2020

    This is a cute look. Could make in such a variety of fabrics. Could make as a casual look or dresser material for evenings event.

    Mary
    Mary

    October 23, 2020

    I love this hack. Cute party dress.

    Karen
    Karen

    October 23, 2020

    This is darling! It looks great in the leopard print

    Karen
    Karen

    October 23, 2020

    This is darling! It looks great in the leopard print

    Hannah
    Hannah

    October 23, 2020

    Ahh, these are gorgeous! The floral mixed with the tiers create such a fun spring piece. If I were to sew it, (who wouldn’t want to!) i’d probably keep it at the 2 tiers. (3 would be fun to experiment with though)

    Sandra Nixon
    Sandra Nixon

    October 23, 2020

    I like the one tier best.
    Sandra

    Tonya
    Tonya

    October 23, 2020

    Absolutely beautiful! I believe I would make it with two tiers just as the original blog post.

    Susan
    Susan

    October 23, 2020

    Super cute! I love the 1 tier.

    Johnnie
    Johnnie

    October 23, 2020

    All of the dresses are beautiful. It was just too hard to decide.

    Marlene
    Marlene

    October 23, 2020

    Love this dress!!

    katy
    katy

    October 23, 2020

    Love this hack/pattern. 1 tier for me .This would be great for my 80’s collection!

    Lauren
    Lauren

    October 23, 2020

    I would make the three tier, possibly in different complementary colours

    Clarissa
    Clarissa

    October 23, 2020

    I love the 2 tier dress the most, but I adore all of the fabric used on each one! So pretty!

    Robyn
    Robyn

    October 23, 2020

    I like the longer dress but would enjoy trying all the different tiers.

    S.c.
    S.c.

    October 22, 2020

    The more tiers the better! I say three tiers will look the nicest! This is a very nice pattern hack, Hopefully I can try it out soon!

    Cheryl
    Cheryl

    October 22, 2020

    Can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks for sharing.

    Karen
    Karen

    October 22, 2020

    I can’t wait to try them all. I’ll start with the 2 tier and move on up.
    Thanks for the hack!

    Kim V
    Kim V

    October 22, 2020

    All of them are beautiful, but I like the two tier the best.

    Christie
    Christie

    October 22, 2020

    So pretty! I want to make the 2 tier one first.

    Suzi
    Suzi

    October 22, 2020

    My granddaughter loves fancy so the more tiers the better for her – 3!

    Diana M
    Diana M

    October 22, 2020

    I like the two-tier, but they’re all pretty.

    Anne
    Anne

    October 22, 2020

    I’m excited about making this in a 1 tier long dress. The floral pattern shown looks just like a dress my granddaughter owns! She would love to have one for her doll as well.

    Janice Bradley
    Janice Bradley

    October 22, 2020

    So difficult to decide I love the look of them all but if I had to choose I would probably make the 2 tier especially in a bright floral pattern.

    Karen Cook
    Karen Cook

    October 22, 2020

    I like the 2 tier dress. Any one of them is a winner!

    Amy Shippy
    Amy Shippy

    October 22, 2020

    They are all pretty!

    Cecilia
    Cecilia

    October 22, 2020

    WOW, amazing. love it.

    Sandy
    Sandy

    October 21, 2020

    Aloha! I love this pattern featured with the long skirt/ruffle and floral hair band. It will look great with Hawaiian fabric. This should be a basic party dress ready to wear for the next party luau invitation. Eat your pineapple heart out “Hilo Hattie!”

    Jackie Koepnick
    Jackie Koepnick

    October 21, 2020

    i love all of them thank you for all the idea’s

    Leslie
    Leslie

    October 21, 2020

    I love this hack? The pattern was already cute and this just multiplied the awesomeness! I will likely go with a two tier for my girls.

    Heather
    Heather

    October 21, 2020

    I’d try the two tiered first!

    Andrea
    Andrea

    October 21, 2020

    I like number 1 with flower material and number 2 for the bright color. The two tiers make a nice maxie dress that really stands out.

    Barbara
    Barbara

    October 21, 2020

    I would start by making the one-tier dress, but I’d probably try the others, too!

    Teddie Nunley
    Teddie Nunley

    October 21, 2020

    I would make all three. Each is beautiful in it’s own way.

    Tarine Brown
    Tarine Brown

    October 21, 2020

    I love the two tier one. Thinking I could also make one for my 5 old daughter so she and her doll could dress a like.

    Judith Martinez
    Judith Martinez

    October 21, 2020

    I think the 1 tier is adorable.

    Ann
    Ann

    October 21, 2020

    I love tiers (and layers of ruffles)! I’m working on a 3 tier dress now. And then I’m figuring out how I want a 3-tiers of ruffles to look on another (Victorian) dress for Christmas.

    Sally Casagrande
    Sally Casagrande

    October 21, 2020

    I would make the 2 tiered one, I can already see it in my head.

    Linda A C
    Linda A C

    October 21, 2020

    I would try a two-tier dress for my first project.

    Cristy
    Cristy

    October 21, 2020

    So cute!! I’ll probably make the two tier!

    Theresa
    Theresa

    October 21, 2020

    This is such a great pattern hack! Thank you, Pixie Faire!

    MARIA L BADANI
    MARIA L BADANI

    October 21, 2020

    I love this pattern hack. Makes me think of so many ways to change a pattern and get many more dresses!!! the bright colors of those days are what we used to wear. (Can’t believe we did).

    Patricia
    Patricia

    October 21, 2020

    Being a child of the ’50’s!!!! I LOVE all the Maxie Dresses. ’70’s was my high-school years and WOW! Flower Children were EVERYWHERE! AND, I was AT the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN! YAY! IF I have to choose, I would say the single ruffle at the bottom in a soft flowing fabric. THANKS Pixie Faire!

    Bridget
    Bridget

    October 21, 2020

    Three tiered maxi! The more ruffles, the better! Thank you!

    Emily H.
    Emily H.

    October 21, 2020

    I usually love full skirts so I’ll probably make the 3 tier dress. I’ll use a very light-weight fabric so it drapes well and doesn’t overwhelm the doll.

    Marilyn
    Marilyn

    October 21, 2020

    I love the floral and the pink. It is a toss up between these two.
    Marilyn

    Anne C-E
    Anne C-E

    October 21, 2020

    Because I’m short i always look for a way to look taller. Some of my dolls have that “problem” as well so I think I’d go one tier.

    Stephanie
    Stephanie

    October 21, 2020

    I love the floral one!

    Deborah Hall
    Deborah Hall

    October 21, 2020

    I love the flexibility I have with this one hack. By altering the fabric type and the length, the possibilities are endless. Thank you!

    Rhonda
    Rhonda

    October 21, 2020

    I love the pattern hack, thank you

    Beth C
    Beth C

    October 21, 2020

    I would make the 2 tier dress first.

    Sparkle
    Sparkle

    October 21, 2020

    Each of these hacks would be fun to make. I’d start with the hot pink one. I guess it is my favorite. Thanks for the great ideas!

    Kc
    Kc

    October 21, 2020

    I love this hack! It’s so adorable! I think I would make one just like the example on this post, the hot pink one.

    Janet F
    Janet F

    October 21, 2020

    I would make the 2 tier dress. Thank you.

    trudy
    trudy

    October 21, 2020

    I’d make the 2 tiers! Love all three dress styles.

    Bobbie Chesley
    Bobbie Chesley

    October 21, 2020

    The long one are nice but I prefer to make the shorter lengths.

    anita
    anita

    October 21, 2020

    cute cute cute as can be! I would do 2 layers. :-)

    Connie
    Connie

    October 21, 2020

    I would probably make the 2 tier dress first.

    Amy
    Amy

    October 21, 2020

    I have made the 2 tiers several times now, and I use to make dress for my daughters when they were little that were very similar to these. I love this style!

    Sherry H
    Sherry H

    October 21, 2020

    I will start with the 2 tier, but I like them all

    candy
    candy

    October 21, 2020

    The floral maxi is my favorite

    Juls
    Juls

    October 21, 2020

    Probably the 2 tiers but 3 tiers in coordinating fabrics would be cute too…decisions ‼️🤪🤔🤣

    Rita
    Rita

    October 21, 2020

    the dress with three tiers

    Amy
    Amy

    October 21, 2020

    I like all the dress

    Cathy
    Cathy

    October 21, 2020

    I would make the two tier. It is enough to give it body but still in proportion for the dolls height.

    Maryann
    Maryann

    October 21, 2020

    My personal favorite it the floral maxie dress. It is stunning. If it came in my size I would wear it!

    Shasta
    Shasta

    October 21, 2020

    All of them are cool! Thanks!

    Cindy
    Cindy

    October 21, 2020

    They would all be pretty! Thank you!

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