Cascade maxi dress

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A while ago Gabriela from Chalk & Notch asked me to join her in testing a new pattern, the Cascade Maxi Dress. I loved the design, but doubted if Isabella would love it too…. It’s a long dress and Isabella is uhm, let’s say, the practical kinda girl… The clothes she wears should be “play-proof”. And she said; ‘no mommy, that is just too long!’. Gabriela said not to worry and I could join the tester group and make a final review. So first all other awesome testers made the different views, and in the end I could finally make my version. It was worth the wait (can you imagine, seeing all those beautiful dresses and still have to wait to get a ‘go’? Gaah!). Make sure to read all post, there is a giveaway included :)!


Since Isabella didn’t want the Cascade Maxi Dress as a maxi dress, I decided to shorten it 15 centimeters (yes really!) and actually it is really cute! It is just on top of her knee and  I left the back a bit longer, like the original pattern, so the twirl is still there. And although Autumn has arrived here in The Netherlands, I think the dress is perfect for layering 🙂 .


Here are some features of the dress:

  • Size range: 2 to 12 years
  • Computer drafted pattern pieces
  • Layered printing option – print only the size or view you wish to sew
  • US and A4 formatting options
  • Clickable table of contents

The Cascade Maxi pattern offers two views.

  • View A: Maxi Dress
  • View B: Maxi Dress with Contrast Hem Band
    * Both Views have the same finished length.

The Cascade Maxi is listed as: ADVANCED BEGINNER sewing level and is considered a pretty quick sew. There are no fussy closures to sew and the elastic back closure makes for easy fitting. As always Chalk & Notch provides detailed step-by-step illustrated instructions to help you along the way.


The Cascade Maxi is all about the fabric, with simple design lines you can really showcase beautiful fabric print or texture. This pattern was designed for lightweight woven fabric. A few recommended fabrics are: Rayon Challis, Chambray, Silk Crepe, Double Gauze, Lawn, Linen, etc.


So, go and get your copy here. It’s on sale until Sunday 25th of September.


Need some inspiration? Take a look at these lovely Cascade Maxi Dresses :

Just Add Fabric || Idle Sunshine || Ellie’s Handmade || Little Cumquat

Mie Made Memories || Kaleidothought || My own sweet melody


I know you have been waiting eagerly for the  giveaway, right? Gabriela is generously offering a copy of the Cascade Maxi Dress, so please leave a comment below and who knows you will be the lucky winner!! Entries valid until Sunday 25th of September midnight CET.


Gabriela says:

21 september 2016 at 09:16

Thank you so much for joning me!! I love this shorter version, I like a PRACTICAL girl!


Gaafmachine says:

23 september 2016 at 11:17

Thank YOU for having me. I love this design, and yes, practical girl means practical dresses..hehe 😉


Thao says:

21 september 2016 at 15:33

I need to make a short version like yours and your fabric choice is perfection!


Flavia says:

21 september 2016 at 17:28

love the print you used and this shorter version is just what my 5yo would wear for summer!


Joyce Reinert says:

21 september 2016 at 19:26

Love this pattern!


Karly Nelson says:

21 september 2016 at 20:39

I’m totally dying over the shorter hem! We love maxi’s but my girls are total mini girls with their long legs!


Gaafmachine says:

26 september 2016 at 10:46

Karly, you have won the pattern! I will email you the details. Happy sewing! 🙂


Dana miller says:

21 september 2016 at 20:50

Gorgeous! I am loving the shorter hEm.


Hannah Kooiman says:

21 september 2016 at 21:53

I love this pattern!!!!!


Esther says:

21 september 2016 at 22:42

I love your version! And i was thinking about a shorter version too – beautiful and cool and flowy for summer! Or perhaps even a high-lo hem? I think My girls would love this pattern! 🙂


Gaafmachine says:

23 september 2016 at 11:16

It is a bit a high low if you shorten it. But you could make the distance high low even bigger of course !


Emi says:

22 september 2016 at 03:13

I love it with the shorter hem! Beautiful!


Elizabeth rosario says:

22 september 2016 at 06:29

I love the length of your dress. My daughter isn’t a maxi dress girl either.


Miet says:

22 september 2016 at 10:33

oooh, this one is so beautiful too! What a great idea to shorten the dress, if I win I give this idea a try too.


Gaafmachine says:

23 september 2016 at 11:14

Thanks Miet! Yes, I like the shorter version as well 🙂


Celine says:

22 september 2016 at 13:46

Thr short version is super cute as well! Thanks For the insPiration!


Gaafmachine says:

23 september 2016 at 11:14

Thanks Celine! 🙂


Hilde says:

22 september 2016 at 23:00

Such a cute dress, I really like this shorter length too!
What fabric did you use?


Gaafmachine says:

23 september 2016 at 11:12

I used a woven. Nameless, I bought it at a local shop here…. But any soft fabric, like a woven, challis, rayon, voile would be great to use!


Jessica says:

23 september 2016 at 14:22

SO cute. The length is perfect.


Indu says:

24 september 2016 at 21:39

I have gotto try this in short length, this dress and the fabric are just so darling!!❤️❤️


Brooke - Idlesunshine says:

25 september 2016 at 02:40

It’s lovely at knee length too! I’ll have to try it <3


Cascade Maxi Reviews & Giveaways! | Chalk and Notch says:

25 maart 2020 at 04:19

[…] Nelleke – Gaafmachine Netherlands I’ve had the pleasure to work with Nelleke on a few projects and I love her styling – she always chooses great fabrics. Her daughter preferred a shorter length and I love how cute it turned out! […]


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