Thursday, July 28, 2011

Boho Maxi Dress: a tutorial



This dress is an incredibly easy make. By now you may have realized that I'm all about the simple projects. I'm far from being a master seamstress, I just work with what I know and try to learn as I go. 

I've never actually owned a maxi dress before, but now I might be hooked. They're so comfy and they have the added benefit of hiding my neglected, less-than-hairless legs. 

Want to make one too??


Materials:

1 4/5 yd Extra Stretchy Jersey Knit (60"wide) (You want a lightweight knit. If the knit is too heavy the dress will look frumpy.)
1/3 yd Trim Fabric
Dye

I know that there are many of you out there who have a fear of sewing with knit. Don't be afraid! Knit happens to be one of my favorite materials. It's extremely comfortable, breezy, and light. It's also a very forgiving fabric, especially in a project like this where there is a lot of gather. 


A couple of things to keep in mind when sewing with knit...

  • Let the material go at it's own pace when feeding through the machine
  • Use a zig zag stitch or a stretch stitch. This allows the seam to stretch unlike a straight stitch.
  • A walking foot and a ball point needle help avoid puckering. However I didn't use either of these. I just worked with what I had.
  • Knit doesn't fray! Another reason knit is awesome in my book. Leave your edges raw if you like. 


Tutorial:

Fold your panel of fabric in half along the 60" side.

Because it was so huge, it was difficult to get a decent pic of this step...so I drew up this nice little chart instead.

Sew everywhere you see the white dashed line.









After your 3 seams, turn your fabric inside out. At this point, you basically have a giant pillowcase.



At the closed, short end of the dress (what will be the top of the dress), determine the middle point. Cut Straight down 6 inches. This gave me a nice, modest neckline. Go shorter or deeper if you like. 




Cut out an 8" strip at both ends for the sleeves.






Now you'll have something like this:

reminds me of Cindy Lou Who


Plenty of length at the bottom even for my tall, 5' 9" self.  Don't cut just yet! I made this mistake and had to sew a trim at the bottom to add length after I washed and dried it. 


Now if you like the white, keep it as is and skip the next step.


Dye: 

So I searched long and hard for coral fabric dye to no avail. Finally I came across RIT's color formula guide and realized duh, mix the colors to create your own perfect hue! I guess that's kind of obvious. 

A little experimentation and I found the combination to achieve the perfect coral.

You'll need:




The pictures of the dress make it look a little darker than it really is. It's slightly lighter in person. Alter the recipe as you see fit. Less water will give you a darker hue and more water will give you a lighter hue.




1 whole package of tangerine RIT dye + 3 tsp. fuchsia RIT dye + 4 gallons hot water


You'll need a big pail, bin, etc. 



Dissolve the dye in a glass of hot water







Pour the concentrated dye solution into the pail with the other 4 gallons of hot water

Mix well and start dyeing your dress.





Keep the fabric moving constantly to avoid uneven dyeing. It only took a couple of minutes to get the color I wanted. Remember that the color you end up with will be 2-3 shades lighter than what comes out of the dye bath. 


Rinse well in the sink. Machine wash and dry. 





As I mentioned, I made the mistake of cutting length off the bottom too soon and had to add a trim.

It ended up adding interest to the dress and I'm happy with how it turned out. 


           If you want to add a trim too:
  •  Cut 8" strips of  your trim fabric
  • Sew together strips until you have a 65" long by 8" wide panel of fabric
  • Iron in half
  • Pin to the bottom of the dress, right sides together.
  • Stitch all the way around 







and done. 















Have fun in your new, whirly, twirly, boho-chic dress!






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158 comments:

Gina said...

oh.my.goodness. this is sooo cute! I love the color you picked! I wish I could sew. I don't know how. You are inspiring. I found your blog on pinterest.com and I think it's awesome!

~Gina
http://beaniesdailyblog.blogspot.com

ellie said...

and now I need to go buy some knit...

Rachel said...

Lovely! I was just lamenting the fact that I haven't ever found a maxi dress with short sleeves (that I could afford, at least) . . . I just can't do sleeveless. This is so cute, and looks so simple and quick to make! I love it! (And great job on the color, it's beautiful!)

TheFoleyFive said...

I am in maxi dress heaven!! this is the perfect dress...I love maxi's but they're always strapless or waaaay to low cut..love this classic kimono style..gorgeous girl!

Nikki said...

thanks for your easy tutorial. i am so making this dress!

Kiki said...

What a great dress! I found your blog on Ucreate and have been so inspired by your creations. You make me a little less intimidated to try my hand at sewing clothing -- I normally just do simple projects for around the house. I fully intend to find some knit this weekend and give this a try!

Crafty Texan said...

I love this to infinity!! I think I'll make 5 today. ;) PS~so glad to find another 5'9" girl blogger. Following you now, I will love seeing ur picks and knowing it will look similar o me. YAY!

heather dawn said...

Beautiful! And I'm 5'9 too! It's so hard to find dresses that are long and actually go past your ankles!

Katie said...

LOVELY!! Thank you SO much for sharing! I am so happy someone shared this on pinterest! :)

liduvina said...

Fantastic tutorial and idea! Thanks for sharing!

liduvina said...

Recently posted on my blog a link to this tutorial.
Ludmi!

madison avenue said...

this is super cute!! i really want to make one now!! thanks for the awesome tutorial!!

Rach said...

OHMYLANTA!!! I love this. SO making this, great for my current prego bod, and it will be even better when the baby is out:) Seriously, thank you so much for sharing. love it.

Malori said...

I love this! I have a bit of a jersey obsession recently so I'll definitely have to give this a try!!

Allie said...

Just saw you on Grosgrain!! This is so cute. And pretty easy. A great, tutorial, too. Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie Mosselman said...

Crazy cute!!! I might try this, minus the dying. That scares me.

Amanda said...

This is beautiful! And you are adorable!

I'm a new follower!

Amanda @ http://pandiolalane.blogspot.com
Hope you'll stop by!

gigiofca said...

I don't sew, but you definitely make it look easy. Gorgeous color & a great job :)

Jenni said...

just so happens that i have 2 yards of mustard yellow jersey material upstairs in my craft room, waiting for me to do this to it!

love this and how gorgeous it looks on you!

found you on you create and am a new follower, off to check out older posts now! thanks so much for sharing this one!

2littlehooligans said...

adorable! you are very talented! i was just here the other day checking out one of your shirts...guess i better become a follower:)

Randi said...

Love the tute! I'm already a follower, but I just saw your blog featured on like 4 other blogs TODAY. You're soo talented~

Amy said...

I saw this on Grosgrain this morning, and just happened to have the perfect fabric. So I whipped one up and I love it! I am going to take some pictures asap so I can show it off! Thanks so much for the easy tutorial :)
Amy
http://caseoftheyellows.blogspot.com

Heather said...

I love this, I think maybe even I could do this. Thanks for the great tutorial!!! -Heather

allycat79225 said...

Thanks for posting this easy tutorial. I think I could use a jersey knit sheet. Awesome.

em-il-ie said...

Genius, dude. Genius.

Li-Sha said...

stop it. this is amazing.

Anna said...

really beautiful! You've done an awesome tutorial, might just have to make one! :)

Leigh Anne said...

This is ADORBS!! Visiting from Grosgrain & Ucreate :) Where did you get that cute belt? I need the whole outfit....haha!

Etcetorize said...

What a fun and easy project! Great job~

Katie {Always, Katie} said...

Someone I follow on Pinterest pinned this tutorial, and I cannot WAIT to try it! I've been in love with Maxi dresses lately, and I may make myself a whole week's worth of these beauties :-) Thanks for sharing!!!!

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

I LOVE THIS. seriously one of the best DIY's i've seen in a while. i'm all about the bohemian look so this is right up my alley :) if you ever want any more boho inspired projects i have a ton of them on my blog too! well anyway you have gained a new follower hehe

xoxo Lindsay
lindsayelizabethm.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

You are incredibly talented~!


rachelsayumi.blogspot.com

ourmoopoints said...

Just whipped one up this morning when insomnia struck! It's washing right now, I hope it turns out! :)

casserole said...

Love it!!! I'm with you on the long dress to hide the hairy legs... Also the reason I prefer my summer tops to have at least a bit of a cap sleeve. :)

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-boho-maxi-dress/2011/07/30/

--Anne

Diane said...

You make it seam so easy, but I know it wouldn't be for me! Beautiful job!

Taylor {Sew Much Love} said...

just found this on Ucreate and I just wanted to tell you how much i LOVE this dress! I especially love your strip on the bottom! You are so cute! I can't wait to see what other projects you come up with! ;)

said...

I love this. I am a new follower and boy am I happy! I plan on making this ASAP! Thanks!

Dekota

www.dekotamaries.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

so so cute!! definitely on my list to do. great job!

Zarsky Family said...

It's a good thing I just happened to have 5 yards of white knit in my stash!!! Once the kids go to bed, I will be sewing. Thank you!

Courtney said...

WOW! I followed the link over from U-Create, and I'm SO GLAD I did! I love a good Maxi-dress - always have, even before they were "in" (although, I don't know how a nice floor length day dress could really ever be "out")! This one has got to be the most simple yet perfectly awesome one I've seen yet! I can't wait to make one!

Also, thanks for the RIT blend chart thingy, I've never seen that either, and it's so great!

http://www.artfire.com/users/auntiechrisquiltfabric said...

Wow!What a beautiful dress.Great summer look!

Danielle said...

OMG how cute and simple! I might just have to make one in every color.

Kelli said...

KATY!!! You are so famous! I'm behind on my blog reader and I kept seeing all these references to this super cute maxi dress over at Sweet Verbena! Now that I get here to see it, all I can say is Great Job.

tousled day said...

You have a great, great, great, great blog!!! Love each and every project!

Chocolatearte said...

Very pretty And very nice dress!!

The Shabby Blue Ribbon said...

Cute little lovie! Very nicely done!

Ruth said...

I'm not sure I get how you got it V-necked. Was there another step that was left out above? Or does the slit look like that once it is on the body?(I'm not an expert)

One more thing... is the V only in front? Or in front and back?

PVDela said...

LOVE this, I'll have to make my own version now. You're AWESOME!

stacy said...

awesome dress and awesome tutorial. thanks for sharing! where did you get that belt? i definitely dig it.

Traci Rose - yellowWISHBONE said...

This is awesome! Can't wait to try this simple project before summer is over!

Tori said...

OMG!! I periodically search the web for a great maxi dress tutorial and end up with nothing! And then there was you! Thanks!

AJ said...

Leave it to me to turn a really simple tutorial into something complicated!

The 1 4/5 yard of knit what does that mean exactly?

Is it 4/5 yard or just about 2 yards? I must be reading into this too much but I'm thinking it's 2 yards? Has anyone made this yet? If so and can let me knwo I'd appreciate it, thanks!

AJ said...

@Ruth- By cutting just one straight line down the middle where your head will go through it will make a v-neck as the heavier material on the sides pulls the line you cut to each side. And yes, it shows on both sides!

Natalie said...

I am slowly falling in love with knit. This dress looks like a fun project too.

MrsInMemphis said...

This might be a silly question, but did you sew a hem into the v-neck and the sleeves? Or did you leave them raw? I've never sewn with knit (ok... I've never sewn period), but I think this might be just the project to get me started! Love it!!

naomimarcus said...

Hey Katy, I made this dress and just posted about it on my blog if you'd like to see :)
http://naomimarcus.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/i-finally-have-my-sewing-machine/

Thanks so much xxx

Laura said...

I was wondering...when you cut the neckline and the sleeves into the top of the dress did the seam you sew there unravel?

meredith said...

LoVe It!!! My friend & I stumbled upon your blog LATE last night...transformed some scrap fabric into this dress for her & I couldn't resist...I had to go to the fabric store today & get some of my own.

SOOOO COZY & Fun & Sexy!!! Genius!

Katherine Elizabeth Dominguez said...

I love this look! I threw together something similar lol Now I need to learn how to sew :-P

http://bykatherineelizabeth.blogspot.com/2011/07/summer-strolls-and-garden-parties-you.html

jp0058 said...

I love your tutorials, especially this one!I've bookmarked some of them to try when I have free time. You are very creative and talented. I'll definitely be back for more!

FashionablyHijabee said...

loove it!! gonna try it, wish i had found this before summer started i would have had so many cute outfits!! but its never too late :)

יוצרת בשרון-yozert basharon said...

Thank's i was looking for that pattern. great week evry one.

Shirley said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I just got a hand me down machine and I'm still trying to work out what goes where; but as soon as that's done, I'm making this!

craft said...

I loved this so much I had to make one for myself :) http://www.love-tears.net/craft/?p=1139

Mother of Pearl said...

My best friend had us pick out our own bridesmaid dresses. I made this one...for $5 worth of fabric and a $7.50 clearance belt. She loved it. Thanks for the tutorial...who would have thought you could have a $12.50 cent bridesmaid dress that you will wear again?

Alison Dight said...

Awesome easy dress and great tutorial!! Just linked to you from my blog. Thanks for sharing!
www.dayinthelifeofacreativemummy.blogspot.com

Mary said...

ok....positively, ridiculously cute! I want to use some of my Anna Maria horner voile and trip the neck and sleeves.... SO frickin' cute! and it looks absolutely fabulous on your lovely self! :-)

momandmadness said...

Awesome! Boho chic sounds classy but seriously, I'm going to call this the pajama dress because it's so comfy! I made one tonight in under half an hour and I love it! I'll definitely be making more. Be warned though...I used cheapo jersey from Hobby Lobby and while I started with 2 yards x 60 inches, it shrunk a TON. I washed before sewing and wound up with something like 57" x 61". Add the fact that it was folded kind of wonky on the bolt so neither end was actually straight and the useable area was even smaller when I folded it to sew (I washed before sewing). It wound up coming to my ankles (I'm 5'11") so I'll probably leave this one as-is but for the next one I'll either start with 2.5 yards or just plan to put a band on the bottom. Also, I'm on the big side of size 14 with broad shoulders and my sleeves are way shorter than yours...fine but not nearly as cute. I may try doing one with two pieces of fabric maybe 40" wide instead of one folded to 30" just so that I have that width for the sleeves. I'm sure I can find something to do with the leftover jersey!

Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!!

las sandalias de ana said...

Lovely!!!!

;)

Ginelle said...

this looks so cute and easy! im so excited to try it!
i was wondering though, how much did you find the material for and where's the best place to find it?
thank you,
Ginelle

Katy said...

Ginelle,

The material is from Joann. I'm not sure exactly how much I paid for it. Just make sure to bring a coupon. Google Joann printable coupon and you can almost always find one!

naomimarcus said...

I made a maxi dress from this tutorial last month, but I decided to change it for Winter, if you'd like to see it's here http://naomimarcus.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/i-need-your-help/
:)

Kaysi said...

so cute! I love how you dyed it!

Kaysi said...

I just wanted to let you know that I'm going to feature this on Friday!
http://craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com/

cocohood said...

Hi Katy! I love this dress so much! I realize Fall is about to hit but I still want to make it ASAP! I'm trying to start up my own blog and am also a college Junior.
PS. Also love the game day dress, that is perfect for big University football games.

Larks Nest said...

Super. Cute.
Just wondering what amount of material you think would be needed to do this in little person size?!? Like toddlers. I would love to see my babies in super chic maxi dresses. :)

KY said...

love this! the colour you chose is lovely. :)

def gonna try making this soon! thanks!!

April Falco said...

I just made this! It took me an hour and a half, and that included me figuring out how to wind a new bobbin and all (only the second time I have used my machine). I found a knit print, and instead of a belt I am going to make a sash in a coordinating color :)

kia said...

im making this for my textile project! its so CUTE!!!!

Katie Jobczynski said...

I'm going to Haiti in the Spring, so long dresses are exactly what I need! thanks for such a easy to follow tutorial!!

♔Reyna♔ said...

wow! totally love this! btw: I am a new follower, really love your blog! Would love it if we could follow each other! I love meeting new fashionistas around the blogosphere! I am a fashion design major, you can check out some of my creations on my fb page!

Question for you: When you rinse, does it matter if you use cold or hot water? Also do you wash in cold or hot water? Will be doing this project for sure soon! so cute!

Reyna
http://www.facebook.com/glamglory

Rawa said...

help! what do i do with the sleeves? do i sew a hem? or leave it as it is?

lionman'smum said...

I saw this dress on Pinterest and fell in love with it. I sew stuffed animals and not so hard things, but this dress looked easy and inspiring. I went and purchased knit and fabric to make a contrasting belt, as I can never find just the right belt to fit. The fabric is currently in the dryer from dyeing and my belt is made. I'm super excited to finish this project. You now have me inspired to sew more clothes for myself, as I can never find anything in the stores to fit my shape and size. Perfect, Thank You so VERY much!!!

JJ said...

I love this!! So cute and so easy! I will be using this!

Unknown said...

I tried to make this today and I don't know what I did wrong, but after I put on the belt it was all poofy and funky around he hips and waist, like there was too much fabric or It needed to be taken in around the middle. Anyone else have this problem?

Isabella (Crafter) said...

Love the dress .

I made a list of Maxi dress tutorials on my blog <3
You're in it, hope thats okay :)
http://crafterlifebyme.blogspot.com/2012/02/list-of-diy-maxi-dresses.html

thatgirl_ellie said...

Hi there! I'm a new follower and was just wondering; if I wanted to buy my fabric online, what specific fabric works best for this tutorial? I'm completely new to sewing but thought this could be a good introductory project! Love your blog!

OneMeOneUs said...

Thanks!!! Just finished my dress! At 5'10 I now have a dress that goes to the floor! Super easy and super cute!!

thecrazytwo said...

I love how it looks on you but I just made one and it's super huge on me:/ I'm usually a medium and it just looks big and akwar even after washing it. Any tips? Your crafts are ADORABLE tho and I knew I like loved your blog when I saw the hunger games tshirt:)
Thanks!

Claire Sheffield said...

Love this tutorial! I went for tunic length, since I'm not a huge dress person. Omg! It came out perfect! I wore it to work and my boss thought it was so cute! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

nikki.presley said...

I made this dress and I absolutely love it, you have a great blog and a really well defined tutorial! So easy and so cute! Here is my blog post about my experience sewing your dress :)

http://adventuresinpinning.blogspot.com/

lovenatto said...

This tutorial rocks! It really is simple and can be adjusted so easily. I'm thinking of making a mini one from te scraps for my daughter. I'm only 5', so I'll have lots of leftover. Stylish yet modest.

chenguang said...

I attempted to create this nowadays and I don't know what I do wrong, but shortly after I positioned near to the belt it absolutely was all poofy and funky near to he hips and waist, like there is as well appreciably material or It required to acquire used in near to the middle. anybody else have this problem?
Cheap WOW Gold

Oh Sew Classy said...

I absolutely love this and you! You have lots of wonderful ideas. I'm so making this today, and I will link you up to it for sure!! Thank you for sharing your creativity!!!

Meredith said...

Such a cute dress! I wanted to let you know that I featured it on my blog!

www.sweet-raisins.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

I LOVE this dress and am making it today! I hope it looks as cute as yours! I know you made it forever ago, but I would love for you to share it at my link party
http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/03/share-it-link-party-3.html

celine said...

LOVE IT!....I'm gonna make it this weekend. Thank you for an awesome easy tutorial!

celine said...

LOVE IT!....I'm gonna make it this weekend. Thank you for an awesome easy tutorial!

kgal1298 said...

Love it, but I would rather pay for someone to do that lol I can't sew :(

Emily said...

I just made this in black and absolutely love it!!! Put my turquoise belt with it and it's goin to be a great summer dress!!!

ckite said...

You are adorable! Thanks for this easy tutorial.

Proverbs31MOM said...

When I first pinned this and looked at your blog, I found a link to a fabric shop in Dallas, I can't find it now!?!?
I think it was somewhere close to Hobby? Help!! I live in FW, so I don't get over there very often, but wanted to look up the place again. Thanks for your help!!

Katy said...

Proverbs31Mom,

Was it City Craft or maybe Golden D'or? Those are the only ones I can think of that I may have mentioned.

Proverbs31MOM said...

YES! City Craft! Thanks!

Jill said...

I am so excited! After finding this post last week I thought I'd be able to do this. I found knit on clearance and made my first dress ever this morning! It's perfect! I wore my new dress to town and bought more material on clearance. Plan on making 3 more dresses and 2 nightshirts. Thanks so much for posting this!

Sarah + Fashion = Happiness said...

I did my own version of this dress thanks to you! I used a navy and white polka dot jersey. Thank you for the step-by-step!
xo
Sarah

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Shyan B said...
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Shyan B said...

This is so cute! I plan on making one for me & my daughter.....I just have one question....when cutting the sleeves, you cut where you had already sewn....does this cause the stitches to come out eventually? If so do you have any recommendations on how to prevent this from happening?

Shyan B said...

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lizzy said...

I made your dress today, but it is not nearly as cute on my short body. I had to play around with some looks to see what worked for me. Since you are interested in fashion design, I would love to hear your opinion on which look works best. See my pictures at http://lizspinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/04/pin-58.html

Thanks for your opinion--and hello from funky town!

Heather Feather said...

I love your easy to understand tutorial! Thank you! And I love that you dyed the fabric. It's so unique!
I did a little maxi dress series and would love if you linked up your dress!
http://www.feathersflights.com/2012/04/maxi-dress-week-day-5-results-and-link.html

heather said...

I love this!!!! I have Lupus, and have to be covered. Since this will be my first summer after learning I have Lupus I am in the perfect maxi dress hunt!! And I've found it here. Great length and has some sleeve. yea!! But I was wondering did you hem the neck and sleeve line? I have zoomed on and can't tell. It may not matter and I could do either, but I would like to know what you done here.
Thank you for a great maxi pattern

hweisenfels@yahoo.com

Danielle F. said...

Thank you for this great tutorial!!! Have always wanted a Maxi dress with sleeves! :)

Nicole Handfield said...

cute cute cute! I have to try this!!!

Tracy K. said...

This would be so cozy in fleece for the winter! So easy but the results are spectacular. Thanks again for a wonderful tutorial.

Mimi said...

I made this dress today in under 1 hour! I had a printed knit laying around that I wasn't sure what to do with...Your tutorial was so easy and with it being a rainy day, it was the perfect opportunity to give this a try! I think my fabric may have been a tad bit to heavy or it's just me being so tiny because it's not as flowy but I still like it. Thanks for the tutorial!!!

Francesca MyStrawberryNose said...

Amazing!I'll do it for sure!

Amy said...

Wow! This is beautiful! Did you finished the edges of the neck and sleeves or leave them raw? I wonder if I could find this fabric in black so that i don't have to dye it...hmmm

Julia Pollak said...

Great dress. I'd love to wear it at my friends casual wedding party. But I wonder, if you didn‘t sew Sleeves and neck? Does it look good, when you only cut it?
thx for a reply!
Julia

Aubrey said...

I've been dying over this dress every since I saw this post. I finally got around to making it. So easy and fun for summer. I'm already planning to make a short one to wear with leggings. Thanks for the great/easy tutorial.

Madeline Moosman said...

I just made TWO of these dresses using a solid green jersey from Joanns, and a sheer blue/black flowered jersey over a black solid jersey knit, also from joanns! I put them on with a basic black belt that I just had in the drawer from an old outfit and they turned out TOO cute! I just love them! I think I'm going to shorten the patterned dress to make it a knee length drees because the fabrics are pretty heavy and for summer time I think it'll be better to have a shorter dress. But I'm going to keep it maxi for a little while until the weather gets nicer here.

They were SOO easy to make and only took me a few minutes to sew and cut it! The longest part of the process was picking out the fabric and pre-washing/drying it! :-)

Sabrina Dalman said...

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I just made an adorable regal purple dress that I just ADORE. I bloged about it here: http://www.dalmandelirium.blogspot.com/2012/06/boho-maxi-dress.html

CelloRaisen said...

I have two yards of 60" wide eggplant cotton / lycra. I must have bought it 3 years ago and have no clue what I planned to use it for (traded brain cells for kids...)! Now I think that I will make this dress!! It's so pretty and I love the V neck. I'll probably put a zig-zag stitch over the raw edges to create a rolled hem look, possibly in a contrasting color.

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KimIsCreative said...

Any chance you could get away with 1.5 yards of fabric? Also how do you keep the seams from unraveling near the shoulders once you cut the slit.

Eloquent English said...

I found you through pinterest today!!! For this maxi! SO excited to be a new follower!!!

Vickie For Finely Fabricated said...

Great dress. This is a lovely updated remake of the dresses we made in the 60's and 70's. Love the idea of using lightweight knits. There are many more fabric choices than we had. The serger speeds up the process so neckline and hems are super fast.

I'd forgotten about this super easy way of making a dress. I'm dying to try it with today's fabrics and my serger.

Here's a tip to make things like "oops it shrunk so it's too short" happen less often, wash the fabric before cutting. But then again it gave you a great hem detail.

A ruffled addition at the bottom would be so cute too instead of the straight extension which is lovely and a great design by oops. So many great ideas come from the "I goofed gotta fix it" process.

Dying to get just the right color is a great idea. I'm glad to see young people taking up the sewing crafts.

Thanks so much for teaching this old dog new tricks.

koko mo said...

ohh i love this!! i just pinned it!! :)
i am a little confused on one part though..when you cut off the arm holes, are you trimming off the part you sowed at the beginning? does it not come apart after cut the stitching?

Mona Saban said...

Oh my gosh! I love this, I've been looking for a simple maxi dress tutorial for ages and this has been a God send! I'm planning to make this in chiffon and customise it with some studs on the shoulders. The rest of your tutorials are amazing, especially the tribal t-shirt, cushion and pencil case ones. Will definitely be attempting them all! Thank you so much for this, keep up the good work! :D
Mona xxx

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Amelia said...

I love this! I made one of my own and was just wondering how you finished the edges, like on the armholes and neckline? The hem was simple, but I had a harder time with the other two parts after I followed the instructions..let me know how you did yours! Thanks so much, LOVE your blog! Amelia

Phuong Stanyer said...

I ADORE this! I must try this for my next sewing project. You have such incredible ideas. :)

Phuong
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hookedontaste said...

I love your blog. I recently learned how to sew. So, I've been looking for easy tutorials for a beginner.

Can I use cotton fabric instead? or will it be too heavy?

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Nueyer Dua said...

I just bought some knit fabric.... mustering up some courage to sew something to wear.... should I or should I not?

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MoMoni12 said...

This is so incredibly cute but I am not in need of a maxi dress so I made a few alterations. First of all, instead of dying, I'd just buy through jersey knit in the colour of my choice. Secondly, I'd make the dress a smidge shorter (probably knee length or so) and instead of hemming (or in your case, adding a trim) I'd use a binding in a nice contrasting colour. I'm also not a big fan of the extra long sleeve so I'd gather it with elastic thread or something of the sorts. These were just a few changes that I thought would personalized the dress for me. Anyways, loved the tutorial. Gave me a bunch of new ideas! xoxo

Another JONES! said...

So i made this last night and loved it! I used a thicker knit fabric and it still turned out wonderful and a dress for winter/fall. and now I have tons of people wanting me to make them one! thank you so much for this tutorial

anjieya.com said...

Awesome tutorial, awesome dress.... i want to try this at home ^_^.
I have slim body, I think Boho Maxi Dress will fit on me. Thanks you your awesome tutorial

Krista said...

I'm not bashing on the tutorial, since it's really cute, but can't you just buy the fabric already in the color that you want? Or am I missing something?

Cassidiaa said...

This is so cute! Just found your blog through Pinterest and I'm having fun going through and reading all of your tutorials and making lists of what I need to get!
What did you use for the trim on this dress? From the pic, it doesn't look like knit...

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D said...

I love this tutorial, but I see from the comments a few people have the same question I do, but no one has answered it. How did you finish the neckline and arms? Did you just leave them raw? Wouldn't that make them curl after washing?

Clare said...

I found some cheap knit in a bright blue color that I loved. I whipped up the dress using your tutorial, and it couldn't have been easier. I actually didn't love the dress on me, but I made my sister try it on. I made gave it to her since it looked so good.
I left all my edges raw. The neckline & sleeves didn't roll, but the bottom did, but I liked it and left it.

Jay-rod and Lulu said...

I looooove this dress! I've made three of them, and wear them all the time, even when I'm pregnant. Thanks for the great tutorial!

larps said...

Your tutorial inspires up in the North as well - greetings from Finland!

http://lampoaalto.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/diy-kaden-kaanteessa-mekko/

As you see I had to alter the dress a bit (not enough fabric, too much.. front), but the basic idea is brilliant! Maybe I'll do a few for my beautiful lean friends ;)

Bethany Ross said...

Love this tutorial! I have my fabric laying out on the floor now ready to be pinned. Just a few questions though before I start!
1. Do you make 3 separate seams or do you just sew around the 3 sides, making a U shape?

2. When you cut the neckline and arm holes, are you also cutting through the seams? Does this make it unravel later?

Thanks for the awesome ideas!

Krista said...

I love this. Since I'm 6'1" tall, this is a great one to get a dress in the length I need! :)

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debrarae said...

I love this dress, because you could easily make it in a shorter length. It'd be completely suitable for work (as long as it's not too short), yet comfortable.

Maria Salas Perez said...

Love the dress, and very well explained how to do it. Congrats! :)
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Rebekah Drake said...
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Rebekah Drake said...

I love this dress, and will probably make it soon, but I was wondering if it was see through when you finished? I know the white was pretty see through before you died the fabric, but what about after that. Again, love the dress.

Joan Price said...

Amazing DIY! I was just thinking about going out today and looking for some new sexy dresses for a few parties I have coming up but after seeing this I think I might give it a shot. Thanks!

AJ Rogers said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lauren DeFord said...

This is so cute. I love this dress!

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