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Waxprint Maya Dress


Waxprint Maya Dress

I love this time of year, but Autumn/Winter is very inconvenient for bloggers. It’s dark when I leave and when I return home in the week so I had a few completed items I needed to photograph this weekend while I had the chance.

This is the Maya Dress, the first pattern release by Marilla Walker. This pattern includes lots of different options (top, tunic, dress, button-up front) so you get plenty of pattern for the purchase price. Prior to the SewBrum meet-up I had decided that I wasn’t going to try and make anything new to wear for the meet-up as I was really busy & didn’t need the stress of trying to rush a new outfit. Then the night before I changed my mind and decided to make a Maya dress! Given that my time was limited I went with the simple, plain front , dress variation despite being a massive fan of Marilla’s button-front versions. I cut a size 8, the smallest size.

Waxprint Maya Dress

Due to the limited time I had to make this dress, and (more so) wanting to finish it sat on the sofa in front of the tv, I skipped the facings and instead slip-stitched the neckline, sleeves and hem by hand. The pattern includes a sash belt but I instead paired it with this skinny belt which was my Nan’s, which she gifted to me. The Maya is designed for a loose fit but I might take a little out of the side seams next time to slightly reduce the excess fabric.

Waxprint Maya Dress

This fabric is a President Holland brand waxprint purchased from the Goldhawk Road. I bought this fabric as a pre-cut length and have already made an Anna dress out of it. I still have quite a bit left so It might be showing up for a third time!

This dress has already been getting quite a bit of wear. So much so that it was still drying on the airer on Saturday morning when I was about to take these photos – so I wore it slightly damp for the photos, urgh! I needed to get the pictures in the morning as me and Phil were then heading out to see the new TMNT movie – as a massive fan age 7-8, who used to wear a plastic shell & bandanna it had to be done.

So, I would totally recommend the Maya pattern as a lovely quick make, with loads of opportunity for customisation.  I would not recommend the new TMNT movie…

Waxprint Maya Dress

Waxprint Maya Dress


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

14 thoughts on “Waxprint Maya Dress

  1. Love this fabric! Definitely needs a simple pattern like this one to let it ‘speak for itself’. I’m so jealous of how you can just pop along to Goldhawk Road and buy wax fabric – almost impossible to get in Australia – except on ebay.

  2. I love your new dress, Charlotte! The fabric print is fab and I think it works better with this pattern than with the Anna. It’s the Maya I love the most of the ones I’ve seen so far, I think.

    • Thanks! The waxprint fabrics do have great prints. Made by Meg made a lovely white Maya – I’ve got a craving to make a white dress soon. I’m thinking maybe a white Malvarosa.

  3. That fabric looks great, really works with this pattern. I’ll take your advice re TMNT lol!

  4. The print is really striking. I love how it looks as a dress.

  5. Gorgeous! Love the fabric and the dress style is perfect for showing it off 🙂

  6. Echoing everyone above – beautiful fabric and thought so in the Sew Brum day – it great when you can pick up a descent length and make a couple of items – bring out the third, soon!

  7. I love the print placement on this dress!

    I hope you don’t mind, but I nominated you for The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award – feel free to take part or ignore at your own free will! http://astudyinstitching.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-sisterhood-of-world-blogger-award.html

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