Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A Black/White & Red Concord Tee Maxi

I really wanted a red maxi Concord Tee dress as my final rendition of this pattern. My original vision was a red scooped neck maxi with short sleeves and black/white check accents at the neckline and the sleeve hems.  As you can see that's not what I ended up with...


Due to a shortage of the red knit, I had to cut the sleeves from the black/white check accent fabric. This small change salvaged my vision. At first I wondered if I would like it. However, I really do love the final version.


The only change from this maxi dress and the other Concord Tee Dresses is the length. I added side slits from my knees down to make it easier to walk in. 

I used a red rayon knit from the collection which I think is from Fabric Mart but don't hold me to it.  The black 'n white check is also from the collection and I have no idea where it was purchased from because my accents were cut from a 1/2 yard scrap from my scrap bin. Although the knit was last used here in the granddaughter's back to school clothing.


I love the versatility of this pattern...and I guess I've really worked it out this summer! However, it's a real testimony to the pattern's great bones!

A few more pictures ~




Conclusion ~
As you can see, I'm thrilled with this last Concord T-Shirt Maxidress and I'm sorry to bombard you with pics but I really love how this one turned out! It's also soooooo comfortable.

I did end up making five t-shirt dresses from the Concord Tee pattern...even though the Flamingo Sleeve dress won't be able to be worn until fall. The way it shakes out is three of the t-shirt dresses can be worn during the summer - the rose print, the peach print and this one. The black & creme lace ponte with black lace sleeves and the flamingo sleeve dress will work both in the spring and the fall. So I covered the spring/summer season with these makes. I really am putting the pattern away now. *LOL*

Next up on the blog is the border print version of New Look 6340.

Parting Shot ~


...as always more later!






30 comments:

  1. Wow that is a lovely maxi dress!! I may have to steal a couple of ideas there in the future.

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  2. So cute! I think I wouldn't have liked it nearly as much if you had had enough of the red to make the whole thing. The checked sleeves & neck binding make it POP!

    You're looking pretty cute yourself these days! The weight loss looks great on you, but it's more than that. You have the look of a woman who is self confident, relaxed, and at peace. It looks good on you.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Va-va-voom. You look great. That red is gorgeous.

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  4. Beautiful dress! And I love seeing the grands in your pics.

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  5. Great fit and the fabric of the sleeve is perfect

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  6. It's so satisfying when you get great use out of a pattern isn't it? I actually love the contrast sleeves with the neckline, a happy accident!

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  7. Gorgeous dress in fab colour. Looking good.

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  8. Definitely rocking this pattern. Love this rendition on you. Your ability to hack a pattern is just amazing and I love that you let us watch. (Hoping some will rub off). Looks like you've found your new groove Carolyn. Way to go.

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  9. What a lovely maxi! You can hack a pattern like nobody else. I enjoy you letting us see your vision of a dress when it's completed. And I love seeing your beautiful grands in your dress pics! :-)

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  10. Carolyn you look so shapely in this dress, WOW. I love how you have used this Concord T pattern so many times and many ways. I'm convinced now that I should buy it.

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    1. Connie - definitely buy the pattern. I've loved this one since it first came out!

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  11. I had to come out of lurkville to tell you this dress is absolutely gorgeous on you! My first thought when I saw the picture was SEXY dress! Great job.

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    1. Carol - thanks for coming out of lurkville! *smile* When my daughter was taking the pictures for this dress, she kept saying you're not going to believe how these came out! I knew it was a good dress but am thrilled with the final product!

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  12. The dress is great! Makes me want to try the same thing! :)

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  13. Great dress and you look wonderful in it. Love the little people pic too ! My little girls are with me right now and one of them, the five year old is VERY interested in sewing. We even went to Fabricville yesterday and she was amazed and excited to see all the fabric !!!!

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  14. Oh my goodness, YOU ARE GORGEOUS! I totally love this version and you sealed me on buying the pattern! Do you have instructions on how you modified the pattern for these changes? I think we are of similar size, I'm just short, lol, at 5'3". I love, love, love maxi dresses, but they are rarely made in petite sizes because they say it isn't a good look for short people. I disagree, when you like be what you wear, you rock it! Fantastic job on this one, I love the different arms, it totally makes this dress outstanding! Cheers! Serina

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    1. SuwanneeOaks - if you follow the Concord Tee link at the bottom of the post, all of my changes to the pattern, as well as, the dresses are there. Just follow the links and definitely buy the pattern. It's a good one!

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  15. Everytime I see one of your dresses I want to quit my day job and just sew all day. And then go back to corporate america so I have someplace to wear the beautiful dresses. This dress is no exception. All I can think is "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way!" Rock it my friend - you look fantastic!! g

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    1. I second that! Carolyn's talent and ability bring out the best of both the fabric and the pattern.

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  16. Very nice. I love having tnt tee shirts to change up. This looks great on you. I love the red. I also love seeing your gorgeous girls and how they are growing. Time really does fly, doesn't it?

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  17. Carolyn, this is a winner from the color, to the sleeves and trim, to the fit. You look wonderful in it. And it is always a bonus to see your gorgeous granddaughters. Jean

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  18. The dress is beautiful and it looks great on you. Beautiful red.

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  19. Beautiful dress! Red is certainly your color, and I love the contrast sleeves. Really makes the dress sporty!

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  20. I super duper love this dress! I think it's the "most you" of the maxi dresses you've sewn.

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  21. This looks so great on you, love these colors on you.

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  22. Super cute, as usual! That color is great on you.

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  23. Good gracious Ms. Carolyn...I can totally see why you took so many photos, this dress is absolutely beautiful on you (downright sexy!!!). I love it (and your little ones are so adorable too!)

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  24. Awesome dress! You look absolutely stunning!

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  25. Absolutely my favorite thing I have seen in your blog!

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