I’ve been saving up this pattern hack for a long time.
In the fall, Kenn and I cashed in some airline points and took a quick trip to Panama to celebrate our anniversary. I knew I wanted to make something special to wear there, something romantic and flowing and long and breezy.
I decided to lengthen the Cinnamon into a maxi dress, with slits up the side.
The fabric is a crimson silk with a burgundy foliage print by Milly. I really wanted something with a tropical feel (and definitely silk), so when I saw this fabric at Mill End, I knew the stars had aligned.
From a technical standpoint, this is an easy hack, but not quite as simple as just lengthening the skirt.
The biggest consideration was whether the long skirt should be cut on the bias as the pattern was originally designed. This is nigh impossible for a skirt of this length without piecing it together from two pieces, because fabric is not wide enough.
So instead, I cut the skirt on the fold and reshaped the sides to allow for more flare.
If you download the hack, I illustrate how to do this, how long to cut the skirt, and how to straighten up the hem.
I had to get a picture walking to show off the flowy side slit action.
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Free Pattern Hack Pack
We’ve created a few downloadable pattern hacks with these bonus sets of instructions in addition to this one. And we have a lot more of these freebies planned. I’m hoping to create one for each Pattern of the Month this year!
To keep it all manageable, I’ve created a special download file just for free pattern hacks. Just click the link below to download all our pattern hacks in one handy zip file!