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

    Bridgette
    Bridgette

    October 21, 2020

    They would all be fun to make! Thanks!

    Bridgette
    Bridgette

    October 21, 2020

    Maybe all three

    Barbara
    Barbara

    October 21, 2020

    I would go with three tier, of differing colors.

    Mary
    Mary

    October 21, 2020

    i would like to try the 2 tiered dress – so cute.

    Carol
    Carol

    October 21, 2020

    I like the 3 tier. I have different materials in mind for them.

    Sue
    Sue

    October 21, 2020

    Oh the memories this style brings back. My prom dress was 3 tiered just like this!

    sarah
    sarah

    October 21, 2020

    I would make 1 and 3 but also probably make all of them in different patterns of fabric so I could have a variety! I love the look as well as the different variations of this pattern and can’t wait to make them!

    Angela
    Angela

    October 21, 2020

    I like the two-tiered to start.. and then all three!

    LydiaB
    LydiaB

    October 21, 2020

    I like the 2 tiered the best, but my daughter would love them all!

    Mary G.
    Mary G.

    October 21, 2020

    I like the 3 tier dress the best and that is what I would make

    Lisa
    Lisa

    October 21, 2020

    So cute. Trying the 2 tier.

    Leighanne
    Leighanne

    October 21, 2020

    I love long dresses. I tend to wear them as often as I can when it’s not freezing out (in fact, it’s really one of the only times I wear dresses), and I love all styles. But if I was making that dress for one of my girls, I’d make it one tier.

    Tara
    Tara

    October 21, 2020

    Probably start with the two tier, but who is going to stop at just one? So I’ll end up making all three.

    Renee Johnson
    Renee Johnson

    October 21, 2020

    I love the maxi dresses. I think I will make the 3 tier dress. They look beautiful.

    Karen Bellomy
    Karen Bellomy

    October 21, 2020

    i would make the one tiered dress because I am not the best seamstress
    Shelly
    Shelly

    October 21, 2020

    Love this idea. I will be trying the two tier skirt, today.

    BevM
    BevM

    October 21, 2020

    I like lots of tiers! I would make all 3 styles.

    Linda K
    Linda K

    October 21, 2020

    I would make 2

    Mary Ann
    Mary Ann

    October 21, 2020

    These dresses are so cute!

    Tracy Snyder
    Tracy Snyder

    October 21, 2020

    Love #1! So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Mae Lynn Beck
    Mae Lynn Beck

    October 21, 2020

    I want to make a 3 tier maxi but I don’t want the fullness to overwhelm the doll. I like the LJC maxi but I haven’t done it yet.

    Rosemary
    Rosemary

    October 21, 2020

    Reminds me of the grannie dresses worn in the 70s

    Sharon B.
    Sharon B.

    October 21, 2020

    Really cute pattern hack – love the 2-tier look!

    Cindy
    Cindy

    October 21, 2020

    Super cute dress! Love the 2 tier!!

    cathy
    cathy

    October 21, 2020

    the single tier dress

    Marian Peoples
    Marian Peoples

    October 21, 2020

    I would probably make the two tiered dress first but I have been known to make multiple variations of a theme.

    Carrie
    Carrie

    October 21, 2020

    Oh, I love them all but would probably make 2 tiers to start.

    Marie
    Marie

    October 21, 2020

    Two-tier I think. Love the maxi version of this pattern.

    Veronica
    Veronica

    October 21, 2020

    I love love all of them. The tiers would also look amazing made with cotton lace. I love all the patterns I have purchased. They taught me so much especially the way the bodice is made. I was amazed how it turned out.
    I probably make a 3 tiered dress.

    Cynthia
    Cynthia

    October 21, 2020

    I love mixing materials with the pattern!

    Wanda Banks
    Wanda Banks

    October 21, 2020

    I would love to make the two tiers.

    Cynthia
    Cynthia

    October 21, 2020

    I love the 1 & 2 tiered dresses making them in florals and mixed materials with fur!

    Janice Mckinnon
    Janice Mckinnon

    October 21, 2020

    I think I would make the 1 tier dress first, they are all lovely.

    Pamela
    Pamela

    October 21, 2020

    I would make the 3 tiered dress.

    Pat
    Pat

    October 21, 2020

    I believe one or two towers would be best.

    Patricia
    Patricia

    October 20, 2020

    I would like to make them all but would probably start with 2 tiers,

    Kathy C
    Kathy C

    October 20, 2020

    I love the 1 tier dress especially in a floral pattern.

    Anla
    Anla

    October 20, 2020

    The tiered one is my favorite.

    Joann
    Joann

    October 20, 2020

    I think that just one tier looks so elegant.

    Linda
    Linda

    October 20, 2020

    Such a cute idea, I would probably make two tier! Thanks!!

    Rebecca A Webb
    Rebecca A Webb

    October 20, 2020

    Love ALL options! Why not make all three?

    Carmen Rodriguez
    Carmen Rodriguez

    October 20, 2020

    Love the pattern and super easy

    Colleen
    Colleen

    October 20, 2020

    K would make 1 of each, I have 4 granddaughters, this way they can share with each other

    Penny Kline
    Penny Kline

    October 20, 2020

    Love the dress made all ways but as I have two granddaughters that are sisters I will make a three tier for one and a two tier for the other!

    Sharon1220IN
    Sharon1220IN

    October 20, 2020

    I agree that the two tier look is best for a short person (or doll). That’s what I’ll make.

    Maureen A
    Maureen A

    October 20, 2020

    Super cute! They look so stylish!

    Annlee
    Annlee

    October 20, 2020

    I love the 3 tier the best

    Vesta
    Vesta

    October 20, 2020

    I like the 2 tier look the best, can’t wait till I can make some dresses for my Granddaughter’s Christmas gifts for their dolls.

    Judy
    Judy

    October 20, 2020

    I like the 2 tiered the best

    Linda
    Linda

    October 20, 2020

    These look so cute, I think I will be making all 3 versions I have lots of fabric which will work so well with this hack

    JacquieCorrigan
    JacquieCorrigan

    October 20, 2020

    I like all three options, but I do love it best with a ruffle on the bottom!

    Alice Denny
    Alice Denny

    October 20, 2020

    I will make one of each. My granddaughters can never have enough options.

    Elizabeth R
    Elizabeth R

    October 20, 2020

    Gosh I hardly sew but I do love those maxi dresses and muumuus and Holoku dresses on the dolls, I might have to try this!

    Karen Littlejohn
    Karen Littlejohn

    October 20, 2020

    Two tier

    Jean
    Jean

    October 20, 2020

    Probably make a 1 tier dress, She has a Felicity doll and a Lucia doll. She is 31.

    Natalie
    Natalie

    October 20, 2020

    2 tier, oh maybe 3, oh maybe gotta make them all to make up my mind…

    Marilyn
    Marilyn

    October 20, 2020

    I am loving the 2 tier version. I bought the pattern a while ago and am thrilled that I can use it for even more variations.

    BrendaK
    BrendaK

    October 20, 2020

    I prefer the single tiered sleeves dress!!

    SARAH K
    SARAH K

    October 20, 2020

    I LOVE THE 1 TIER, MOST.

    Christine
    Christine

    October 20, 2020

    I choose the two tier long. Love the leopard print.

    Ruth Ann
    Ruth Ann

    October 20, 2020

    I like the 2 tier the best.

    Vicky Wells
    Vicky Wells

    October 20, 2020

    I choose the two tiered. Thanks!

    Connie
    Connie

    October 20, 2020

    I like two tier.

    dori
    dori

    October 20, 2020

    I love ruffles—so it’s three for me!!!!

    Pamela
    Pamela

    October 20, 2020

    I have several of Buzzin Bea’s patterns. I plan to use the skirt hack with the two tiers to make several different maxi dresses! All of her patterns are so pretty!

    Dawn Luomala
    Dawn Luomala

    October 20, 2020

    I love the two tier, but the options are fabulous!

    Melissa
    Melissa

    October 20, 2020

    I love ruffles, so three tier!

    Joanne
    Joanne

    October 20, 2020

    I like the 2 tier!

    Susan
    Susan

    October 20, 2020

    I would try the two tiers first.

    Fran R.
    Fran R.

    October 20, 2020

    Cute maxi dress. I made one similar for me when I was in college out of green gingham in the seventies. Guess I know what fabric I will be using. It was 2 tiered. So that’s what I will make.

    Gail Beam
    Gail Beam

    October 20, 2020

    I would like to make one of each of the tier dresses

    Chrissy
    Chrissy

    October 20, 2020

    I love the two tier maxi dress with the long sleeves and ruffles!

    Deanna Carnley
    Deanna Carnley

    October 20, 2020

    I love the 3 tier one!

    Heidi
    Heidi

    October 20, 2020

    Two-tiered.

    Ela
    Ela

    October 20, 2020

    I love the 3 tier one!

    Deb
    Deb

    October 20, 2020

    Two tiered for me.

    Maureen Fry
    Maureen Fry

    October 20, 2020

    I would probably make one of each for all my granddaughter dolls!

    Deb
    Deb

    October 20, 2020

    I love this outfit! I can’t wait to make one for each of my granddaughters! Hard part is deciding which fabric. I think it looks wonderful in any fabric! My granddaughters will love them!

    Janice
    Janice

    October 20, 2020

    two

    Melody
    Melody

    October 20, 2020

    I love all 3, but I think I would make the 3 tier first. :)

    Lorraine M
    Lorraine M

    October 20, 2020

    I would make a 1 tier dress.

    Beth
    Beth

    October 20, 2020

    So pretty and feminine! I’d like to make all 3 – 1,2, and 3 tiers in different colors and patterns….

    Donna Landreth
    Donna Landreth

    October 20, 2020

    I will do the two tier maxi dress. I just love ruffles and it looks so cute. Thank you for the awesome giveaways.😘

    Bella
    Bella

    October 20, 2020

    Love the doll patterns. This would look cute on the little Blue Bell Glitter girl.

    Teresa
    Teresa

    October 20, 2020

    I would sew the one tier thats my favorite

    Clara
    Clara

    October 20, 2020

    I love this! I would make a three-tier dress.

    Frances
    Frances

    October 20, 2020

    I think 2 tier is beautiful

    Elaine L
    Elaine L

    October 20, 2020

    3 tiers are the prettiest!

    Debbie
    Debbie

    October 20, 2020

    The one tier looks like a dress I once had.

    Cheryl R.
    Cheryl R.

    October 20, 2020

    One tiered in a pretty print…..or maybe a large (to scale) Gingham!

    Laurie
    Laurie

    October 20, 2020

    3 tier is my favorite

    Susan
    Susan

    October 20, 2020

    I would adjust the pattern and make it to look like a Hawiian dress.

    Sam
    Sam

    October 20, 2020

    I like the one tier one, but all three are cute

    Rachel
    Rachel

    October 20, 2020

    2 tiers!

    Anne Marie
    Anne Marie

    October 20, 2020

    Love the three tiered dress.

    Judith McCaulley
    Judith McCaulley

    October 20, 2020

    I would make the one tier dress. Like the length

    Pat
    Pat

    October 20, 2020

    I like the one-tiered dress.

    Arlene
    Arlene

    October 20, 2020

    I would make a dress all three ways so there are lots of options for the dolls to wear. It’s an excellent pattern.

    Sarah B
    Sarah B

    October 20, 2020

    Love the look of the three tired dress.

    Donna Sherry
    Donna Sherry

    October 20, 2020

    I like the 1 tier dress to start then will try the 2 tier .Thanks for the ideas

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