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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    31 Comments

    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

    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

    Saraquill
    Saraquill

    October 20, 2020

    I’d try the one tier. I have too many projects on my to do list, so quicker is better.

    Sue
    Sue

    October 20, 2020

    I like the two tiered version.

    Sam
    Sam

    October 20, 2020

    So beautiful! A classic look.

    Glenda
    Glenda

    October 20, 2020

    My doll would look fabulous in the on tiered dress. Then I would make one three-tier dress also!

    Gina C
    Gina C

    October 20, 2020

    This maxi is so adorable! I’d start with making a one-tiered dress.

    Jessie
    Jessie

    October 20, 2020

    I think I’m going to have to make both 1 and 1 tier – love these!

    Grace W
    Grace W

    October 20, 2020

    I would make a one-tiered dress.

    Holly
    Holly

    October 20, 2020

    Basic single tier in a nice floral ankle length

    Carrie
    Carrie

    October 20, 2020

    I would make a two tier. I bought a cool but TLC vintage skirt a long time ago and wasn’t sure what to sew with it but now I know! This will be a 70s maxi for Julie!

    Kathryn
    Kathryn

    October 20, 2020

    2 tier! Lovely pattern

    Karen L
    Karen L

    October 20, 2020

    Love the longer length- it’s a fun look

    pat p
    pat p

    October 20, 2020

    I’m undecided on the tiers, but I like the floor length. I have made several of BuzzinBea’s patterns, they are quick and pretty easy.

    Michele
    Michele

    October 20, 2020

    I would make a one tiered Maxi-dress. I think I’d like the simplicity of a ruffle at the shoulder and just one gathered tier at the waist.

    Judy McP
    Judy McP

    October 20, 2020

    I think 2 tiers to give the best affect.

    mandie
    mandie

    October 20, 2020

    I remember having a dress like this, I love the single-tier dress. My wedding dress was similar to this.

    Monique
    Monique

    October 20, 2020

    The two-tiered dress is so pretty!

    kathy m.
    kathy m.

    October 20, 2020

    love all both three tier is the cutest!

    Kathy
    Kathy

    October 20, 2020

    I would make the 3 tier. I love it.

    Lisa
    Lisa

    October 20, 2020

    I’d have to try a couple ways to find a favorite!

    Jo
    Jo

    October 20, 2020

    I like the fullness of the three tier dress. I always feel like I’ve really accomplished something beautiful when finishing all those ruffles.

    Margaret
    Margaret

    October 20, 2020

    Oh the choices! I would have to make one of both.

    Patricia
    Patricia

    October 20, 2020

    I would make the two tier dress. Being cooped up because of the current virus, I have made in excess of 60 outfits. Not sure what I will do will all of them, outside of giving some away, but I enjoy making them.

    Heidi Brown
    Heidi Brown

    October 20, 2020

    I love the idea of two tiers.

    Darby Darby
    Darby Darby

    October 20, 2020

    I would make the 2 tier dress.

    Francoise
    Francoise

    October 20, 2020

    How beautiful, so sweet ! I would like to make the 3 tier

    Lori
    Lori

    October 19, 2020

    I love the two-tier (if that is what the hot pink one is). It is beautiful,

    Christine
    Christine

    October 19, 2020

    I love the bright pink dress — long with the ruffle at the bottom. Love to make it!

    Kimberly Chidsey
    Kimberly Chidsey

    October 19, 2020

    They’re all gorgeous but I love 3 tier!

    Donna
    Donna

    October 19, 2020

    It looks so pretty! I would make a one tiered dress.

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