I actually chose to make a maxi dress because of the fabric I was interested in moving from the fabric closet to my clothes closet. I really wanted a dress out of this breton stripe knit that I purchased last year on a trip to New York. Initially, I was planning to make something similar to this or this but then I found a dress so much like what I was planning to make on a clearance rack at Old Navy for less than $3.00. Hard to beat that! So, then I needed to find a different idea for this fabric.
Then I started seeing several sewing bloggers making up this pattern and noticed the striped version. It seemed that my fabric would be well suited for that and would make it distinctly different from my Old Navy bargain dress.
I'm happy to say "so far, so good" to all three concerns. I really didn't want the dress to be tight anywhere, so I cut the back piece one size larger than the front, but then took in the side seams a bit when sewing it up, so I guess that was unnecessary. I did let the dress hang on my dress form for a couple of weeks while the back did stretch out a bit, but it doesn't seem to still be growing. And the droopy seat doesn't seem to be a problem either. Yay! It's a win!
This pattern has been reviewed many times and I don't really have anything new to add. For mine, I raised the neckline 1.5" and wish I would have added more. I bound the neckline and armholes with a solid navy knit rather than turning and narrow hemming as the instructions suggest. As for the maxi dress factor, I don't think I'm going to be cranking these out. One is good for now. It's a unique piece and will be fun to pull out once in awhile.