Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cascade Maxi Dress by Chalk and Notch

One of my absolute favorite designers has launched a new pattern, and you know I had to get my greedy hands on it. Have you seen it? It's the fabulous Cascade Maxi dress! You also have a chance to win this pattern (scroll to the end of the post.) **Giveaway now closed**


I swear, in my eyes, Gabriela of Chalk and Notch can do no wrong. Her patterns are professional grade and the instructions are clear and precise. First, take a look at her Fishtail Kimono here. I love it so much I think I made about 5 of them. And then there is the Top Knot pattern. It should be obvious that I love that one, too. (Here, herehere, and here). And now there is the fabulous Cascade Maxi




Let me give you all the relevant information, taken directly from the Chalk and Notch website:

Size Range: 2 to 12 years
Sewing Level: ADVANCED BEGINNER
Pattern Views
View A: Maxi Dress
View B: Maxi Dress with Contrast Hem Band* Both Views have the same finished length.

Pattern Details: The Cascade Maxi Dress pattern includes illustrated sewing instructions, clickable table of contents and measurements listed in both imperial and metric. The pattern offers layered size options so you can choose only the size/sizes you would like to print. It is formatted for US letter and A4 users. The pattern is standard trim and tape pattern.

Fabric: This style is designed for a lightweight woven fabric: Rayon Challis, Chambray, Silk Crepe, Double Gauze, Lawn, Linen, etc.
Sizing: The tutorial includes help on blending sizes and custom adjustments.


I made the straight size 3 for my younger daughter using a lovely lawn from Cotton and Steel that I bought from Miss Matatabi a while ago, knowing that it would be "too short" according to the pattern's measurements. However, I wanted it that way because I knew that she would be wearing it for her everyday, rough-and-tumble activities. Like scootering, which she insisted on doing for some of the photos. (Don't worry; no children or scooters were harmed during this photo shoot.)



For my older daughter, I went with the straight size 5, even though usually I blend using a size 4 with 5 length, but I was too lazy hoping it would work out by adjusting the elastic in the back. I think it worked out okay. 



I used a lightweight cotton/silk blend that I bought locally. They both love how much it twirls. In fact, I was getting a leeeetle jealous seeing my daughters with their beautiful dresses and thought "Hm, I wonder if I could fit into the largest size...?" 



So I brought out my precious fabric from Miss Matatabi that I'd been saving for a Top Knot (for myself, ha!) and ended up using it for the Cascade Maxi instead. (It's no longer available, but she has other options in her shop.) I made a few adjustments to the size 12 (lowered the armscye and lengthened the straps and front facing - not that I need much coverage in the front, sob) and voila!



I don't think I am the best body type to show off the beauty of this dress, unfortunately. As I was lamenting to my dear friend Thao, my shoulders are on the broad side, and thanks to my mother I have always had biceps that can bulk up very quickly. When I am working out regularly, that is. Ahem. 


I used a ribbon for the straps rather than fabric because this cotton/rayon blend was pretty lightweight and I was worried about it stretching out (as you can see that it has done in the front, but never mind because I kind of like it!). I made View B (without the contrast hem) because I thought it would be more practical for my lifestyle. And I only had about 3m of fabric.

I had originally planned to do a photoshoot with all three of us wearing our dresses since my husband had the day off. But then it rained the entire time, plus it was pretty cold. On top of that, my husband had temporary memory loss when it came to using the autofocus on our camera, hence all of the pictures ended up blurry, haha. So this is what you get:



Would have been nice, right? Cascading water for the Cascade Maxi Dress? Haha, I'm so literal!



If I haven't convinced you to get this lovely pattern, maybe some of the tester photos will. Every single one is absolutely beautiful!


Nelleke at Gaafmachine  |  Leslie at Threadbear Garments

Brooke at Idle Sunshine  |  Anita at My Own Sweet Melody (Aria)

Natasha at Ellie's Handmade  |  Mieke at Mie Made Memories

Thao at Little Cumquat  |  Indu at Kaleidothought


Christine at Graceyvedesigns  |  Melissa at Rebel and Malice

You can get the Cascade Maxi on sale (normally USD10) for 25% off during the release week - until Sunday, September 25. You can buy it at the Chalk and Notch shop here, or on Etsy here, or through UpCraft Club here. Be sure to leave a comment saying what view you plan to make for a chance to win this pattern! The giveaway is open until Saturday, September 24. **Giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you for participating! **
Thanks for reading, and good luck!

60 comments:

  1. Emi I love all the dresses .. I'm especially jealous that you can make one using the largest 'kid' size!!! I love all your fabric choices!!!

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    1. Thanks, Thao! I loved your versions as well. So chic, as always :)

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  2. You are officially amazing. I love that you made one for yourself! I have a feeling this would quickly become a favorite for my six-year-old, so after making view b I'm sure I would be on to view a in no time.

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    1. Aw Jill, so nice of you!! This will definitely be a favorite. My daughters have already asked for another one (each, gah!) in a fancy fabric...

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  3. I love your Maxi and I think it looks so good on you! Seriously, you are too kind to me - as always! I can't thank you enough for all of your help, my dear friend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gabriela. I love testing for you and I'm already looking forward to your next pattern, hehe

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  4. I always find your fabric choices perfect! I also find this is perfect for our hot summers in Portugal! This would make the day of my 5yo daughter!

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    1. Thank you, Flavia! You are too kind. This really is a great summer dress -- I think every girl should have one!!!

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  5. So pretty! I love that you all have one now.

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    1. Thank you, ladies! Yes, now we can all prance around together, haha!

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  6. Gorgeous dresses! I really like the hem band view, but the shorter version you made is also cute. My girls would adore these.

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    1. Thank you, Masha! I love the contrast hem band, too. I think if I can find the right fabrics, I will try that one next.

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  7. You have no idea how jealous I am that you can use the size 12 for you! All of your versions are just gorgeous as always! I can't wait to make this pattern but it probably wont be until next summer since It's already gotten so cold here!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karly! I already can't wait to see what you do with this pattern. You always come up with amazing combinations!

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  8. All those dresses are amazing. I love love love the pink and blue fabric. Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Dana! Both my daughters chose their own fabric, so I am happy that I have two satisfied "customers", haha.

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  9. Art gallery Chalk and Paint or one of Tanya Whelan's new Sadie's Dance Card line of fabrics would be perfect!

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    1. Oh those sound like they would be perfect for this dress!! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Oh my goodness I love that you made one for you and your girls!! Just beautiful!

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  11. Such perfection Emi!! I love your girls' dresses, so beautifully made! And your dress is just ridiculously cute on you ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you, Indu!! I loved all your versions as well. You have one very lucky daughter!

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  12. All three are gorgeous! I love how it looks on you! I think this style looks great with broader shoulders.

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    1. Aw thanks, Olga. I'm still a bit self-conscious about it, but I love my dress too much not to wear it!

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  13. All so lovely. I often have photo visions that just don't play out. Your images are beautiful and so are the dresses.

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    1. Thank you, Cassy! Most of my photo visions don't play out for various reasons, haha. But I am trying to "let it go" and let my daughters just be themselves and deal with the weather as it comes. ;)

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  14. Stop it. I thought maybe maybe I can wear the largest size but probably not seeing I am bigger than you. Oh my gosh you look gorgeous!!! I need this pattern for my maxi dress loving girl :) I want to use lace for the contrast hem!

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    1. Oh Ashley, I'm sure you can wear it! You are petite. And slim. Plus I used the View B without the contrast hem. Maybe if you went for the View A you wouldn't have to lengthen it much? I think lace will be GORGEOUS!!

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  15. I love your dresses. I love it even more that you made one for yourself. That's something that I would do

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    1. Thanks so much!! I couldn't help myself when I saw my daughters' beautiful dresses...

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  16. Oh I love it so much, all of this dresses you made! And the idea that I can make one for myself is the best idea ever and therefore I really really want this pattern. I will make one for my little girl and one for myself, for sure!

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    1. Miet, you are the winner!!! I hope you are following this because I don't see an email to contact you. Please get in touch with me in the next three days. Thanks and congratulations!

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    2. Woehoe! I love it! Thanks a lot, I will really make some maxidresses next summer. And you find me on IG, good job ��

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  17. All the dresses are beautiful! I love the one you made to yourself (and the shoes too!). I also have broad shoulders thanks to many years of sports but actually I think this style looks great on your body type!

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    1. Thank you, Maria! I love my shoes too, though I hardly have occasion to wear them these days, haha. And thank you for your kind words. Don't worry; I'm not letting my hang-ups prevent me from wearing this dress!

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  18. Love your versions as usual Emi and I am inspired to try and see if I can fit into the largest size too lol!

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    1. Thank you so much, Celine! I am sure you will look lovely in this dress.

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  19. Literal and funny and gorgeous :) Love all the dresses Emi. I am so jealous you can sew one for yourself and I cannot hahaha it looks sooo comfy! The fabric is divine. I think this dress will look nice in shorter length as well. I just can't see Miss R run around in a maxi dress.

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    1. Thank you, Jenya. There is no need to be jealous -- I wish I had your height!! And yes, this dress is really cute in a shorter length as well. I'm sure you will see in Gabriela's "inspirations" post on her site. :)

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  20. Oh wow, they are all so gorgeous and I SO agree with you. Gabriella is SUCH an amazing pattern maker. My youngest just came by and she wants me to say that she LOVES the pink one the most ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Mie! And please thank your daughter, too! The fabric was my daughter's choice (of course, being so headstrong she would not have it any other way), so she will be pleased to know that someone else loves it as well. ;)

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  21. All 3 dresses are so pretty! I think your bodytype is just fine to showcase this design

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    1. Thank you, Hilde!! We all love our dresses, and thank you for your kind words :)

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  22. Pretty pretty pretty! All three :). I love the colors. Especially the purple one!

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    1. Thank you, Nelleke. I love yours, too. I want to try one in that length!

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    1. I think you totally should, Jessica! It's such a wonderful pattern.

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  24. I can't wait to make Willow one of these when she's a bit older. I absolutely love the fabric you've used for all three of these and only wish I could fit in the biggest size. The cascade photo idea would have been lovely, maybe you'll have to go another day to get photos of you with the girls :)

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I think Willow will love dancing and twirling in this dress, as my daughters do. And it would be lovely to try again at the waterfall if we get the chance to go back one day.

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  25. I love them all! PS I love your shoes too! ;-) <3

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    1. Thanks, Brooke!! I wish I could wear the shoes more often, but life as a mom...

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  26. They are gorgeous Emi. I especially love that pink fabric. I would make view A with something flowing and flowery - R would be in heaven!

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    1. Thank you, Marisa! Oooooh I think flowing and flowery is perfect for this pattern!

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  27. I would for sure go for the contrast hem view--I love mixing fabrics! And you inspire me to break into some of my hoarded Nani Iro to make one. All three of your dresses are so beautiful!

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    1. Oooooh Nani Iro with a contrast hem!! That sounds heavenly, Beth. I think you should go for it!!!

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  28. I love all your dresses! I am going to totally copy you and make view A dresses for my daughters and me ;). The fabric you used to make your dress is especially dreamy!!

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    1. Thank you, Coco! I think you can't go wrong with either of the Views! And yes, I looooooove the fabric I used for my dress. So soft! But you should definitely let it hang for a day or so to make sure the hem is even ;)

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    1. Don't give up hope! If I don't hear back from the winner (she didn't leave me an email), I will do another random draw.

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  30. Oh, wow - all three of these are very lovely!

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