Make it Perfect- Coastal Breeze Maxi Dress + Giveaway! [[CLOSED]]

Make It Perfect Patterns is having a parade!  You may have seen some of her patterns popping up in blog land this month, and I am up today with the Coastal Breeze Dress 🙂DSC_0139

The pattern description says “Meet the dress that feels like a t-shirt”, and that is so true!  Super comfy made up in a knit fabric with a relaxed fit and no closures to mess with.  I lengthened mine to maxi length, because I had lots of this fabric and I thought it would look good with this bird/vine print (put a bird on it, right Sonja?!)DSC_0162I’ve had this fabric for a couple of years, it was a random Etsy purchase…I loved the print but I’ve never been sure what to do with it.  It is a cotton jersey with pretty much no stretch, and fairly sheer.  I am wearing a slip under it here- you can probably see where it ends a bit above the knee.  I will probably wear this as a swimsuit cover up so I didn’t mind it being a little sheer.  And I don’t mind it with the slip either, so there ya go.DSC_0226

Look at those birds!!

As far a sewing the dress- this is such a simple pattern!   No sleeves to set in, and it all comes together nicely.  I opted to add a seam allowance to the neckline and just serge, fold it over and hem rather than the neckline binding the pattern called for.  I also raised the neckline by an inch or so, it looked a little gapey in some of the pics I saw, and I am glad I did because I like where it ended up.

DSC_0134 DSC_0148 For a really cool example of the shorter version check out the dress Sanae made!  Isn’t it cool?  I love the fabric she chose.DSC_0146Toni from Make It Perfect has offered up a PDF pattern for one of my lucky readers!  There are lots of great patterns for kids and women (I want to make the Shearwater Kaftan in double gauze like Kristin did!)  Just leave a comment on this post letting me know which pattern you would choose, and I will pick a winner randomly on Thursday (July 24th) at 9pm Pacifc Time.  Good luck!


  • love your dress!
    I would love to try this pattern!

  • Carla k

    Oh that would be a tough decision between the kaftan and the dress you just made! Gorgeous!

  • Robin

    I would choose between costal breeze or the poppy tunic. I am leaning towards your dress, it’s beautiful!

  • Megan D

    Your dress turned out great! I would get the coastal breeze dress. I’ve loved all the versions I’ve seen.

  • I’d probably choose this one! Or the kaftan. I love how this dress came out. Do you think it would work in a woven?

    • Kelly

      I’ve been thinking about that…the band at the waist is pretty fitted and it is a little snug getting this one on and off, because this knit barely stretches at all. I think it would be too tight in a woven. But it would work with a back zip!

  • Your dress looks great! I’d love to try this pattern or the essential shorts.

  • Melanie

    I really want the Coastal Breeze Dress!

  • I love the Shearwater Kaftan, but I’m loving the maxi version of this dress!

  • Love the bird fabric! This looks so fab as a maxi dress! I am super keen to try the Kaftan too, would be perfect for a sun cover-up in our Aussie summers.

  • Wonderful dress. It looks great and comfortable too. I would choose the Coastal Breeze dress although I’m not sure if I would make it knee length or maxi length. 🙂

  • Suzanne

    Definitely the Kaftan pattern, such a useful cover up!

  • Despite having pinned the Honey Blouse forever ago, I think I’d still go with the Coastal Breeze dress. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  • Fiona

    I love to try the kaftan! Or maybe the poppy tunic for girls!

  • Amy

    Love seeing this variation, you are so clever. I would be super keen to get the poppy dress

  • Caroline

    I really like the Shearwater Kaftan!

  • Diane

    Oh, I love your dress and I’d love to try this pattern. Thanks for the chance!

  • I do like the Shearwater Kaftan, but I think I’d have to choose the Coastal Breeze dress!

  • Heather

    I think I’d pick the a+ skirt. I need a few new skirts! Love your dress!

  • Jane Bellingham

    I really want to try the Shearwater Kaftan, please.

  • Marjolein Flick

    I really like your dress! Beautiful fabric! If I could choose a pattern I would choose this one. I think it will make a very comfarteble dress for summer or with a long sleeved shirt and leggings for winter.

  • I love your dress! The maxi length is so pretty. I would love to try the kaftan pattern!

  • Amanda Stinton

    I would love to win the coastal dress pattern. Your version is stunning and also like the idea of the more casual shorter version.

  • Melanie

    I love your version so would pick the same pattern! I’ve only tried sewing with knit fabric to make a skater dress so would love to try something else. Thanks for the giveaway! Xx

  • Oona

    I have been wanting to try the kaftan, though the dress looks super comfy and practical. It would be hard to choose!

  • Ni

    Your dress looks amazing! If I could pick a pattern, it would definitely be this! 🙂

  • Rebecca

    It’s gotta be the kaftan.

  • Hayley

    I’d try the coastal breeze pattern. Just love yours!

  • I’ve been looking at this pattern. Your adjustment makes this a fabulous dress, coverup or otherwise. I’d love to try the Coastal Breeze! Thanks!

  • Mel

    Your dress is lovely but I’m not really a dress person, I would love to try the shearwater kaftan. thanks for the chance!

  • Everything you make is so beautiful and inspiring. Love to see what you’re always up to!!! I would really love the honey blouse pattern or the coastal breeze dress pattern. Although all the patterns are super!!! 🙂

  • Katie Emma

    I would make the coastal breeze dress too! I love your maxi version. I’ve never made a dress with a waistband like that, so it would be fun to learn a new technique.

  • Nancy w

    Oh costal breeze, kafan or poppy tunic. All so lovely!

  • Megan

    I really like the Coastal Breeze dress, it looks perfect for summer.

  • Shelley

    What a fab frock. Looks comfy too. Would love to make my own.

  • Debbie

    ohh would love to try this dress !! looks perfect for summer

  • Martina W.

    I would love to make the Coastal Breeze dress or the Waterfall Blouse!

  • I would love to make the kaftan! I’m about to have another baby and need some things to throw over nursing tanks – I think it would be perfect.

  • Michelle

    I think I would choose the poppy tunic. Love the birds on your dress btw! 🙂

  • Natalie

    I’m dying to try the kaftan. But your maxi version of the dress is gorgeous!

  • I’d definitely make up the coastal breeze pattern in a maxi! I love, love, love it and have the perfect fabric just lying in wait…

  • Shelly

    I have been eyeing the kaftan and would love to give that a try.

  • Pretty dress! Love it 🙂

  • Yours looks like the perfect comfy beach dress. I’d love to make her Essential Shorts or Serendipity coat for girls.

  • Kelly! This is STUNNING! You look so awesome in maxis, like you’re about six feet tall and a Grecian goddess! Bonus points for birds! 😉

  • Hannah

    I’d definitely choose the Shearwater Kaftan. I’ve been eying that in a double gauze for a while now!

  • Oh my gosh, your dress is stunning!! I love this pattern and would love to give it a try too!

  • Put a bird on it! Always!! Love your version, and I’d love to try out this pattern 🙂

  • Michelle

    As much as I love your dress (I want that fabric!), I would choose the mini poppy dress for my girls. It just looks so fun!

  • metka

    I would love to sew Coastal breeze dress.

  • Tara

    I would love this dress pattern! This looks awesome!

  • Karah

    I love your dress and all of your other creations from your blog! I have been wanting to try the coastal breeze dress for awhile and definitely want to give it a try after seeing your version.

  • Your dress is very pretty. I would have a hard time picking between the coastal breeze dress and the shearwater kaftan. I think you have convinced me to pick the dress.

  • Rachael

    I love what you’ve done with the Coastal Breeze dress… longer dresses are best for me 🙂 I’d love to try this pattern, ready for the warmer weather! xo

  • alana

    I would love to make the shearwater kaftan. I have such a need for a loose breezy top in my wardrobe. Thanks!

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  • I’d never seen their patterns before! They are great! Thanks for sharing! And I would totally make the dress you are wearing. LOVE a cozy maxi!

  • lauren owen

    Love your modifications!! Would definitely make the coastal breeze pattern!!

  • Definitely would love to try the coastal breeze, long as you made it – beautiful!

  • Gina

    I really love the Coastal Breeze maxi dress the best,but if I had to pick another one it would be either the Shearwater Kaftan or the hero vest to make my son.

  • krystina

    I think I would choose the kaftan. Thanks for the chance!

  • edenz

    The coastal breeze dress looks very comfy!

  • I would love to try this dress pattern! Yours came out so pretty!

  • Rachel

    I would choose the mini poppy or one of the kids size jackets. Very pretty dress!

  • this is sooo beautiful and i’m sure so comfortable and easy to wear! got my sights set on a maxi dress too. kind of the perfect mom uniform, haha.

  • I just gasped at how gorgeous this dress it.

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