8.15.2013

Maximally Easy Maxi Dress {Tutorial}

I know.  As if the world needed one more maxi dress.  But stick around.  I think you'll like this one. {?}  I'm a huge maxi dress fan and I thought I'd try to convert Lila to them.  I don't see a huge amount of maxi dresses for girls her age, so I created one.  And it's worth a go because it really is easy!
I started by putting together a pair of pants and a shirt that both fit Lila well.  I could have measured her, but she was playing all the way downstairs.  That's just so far!  So I just used this to gauge the length and size.  Trace and cut on the fold.  
Now I wanted the dress to have sleeves, but I didn't want to bother with attaching sleeves {because I've been having horrible luck with that lately} so I just extended the shoulders into little faux "capped" sleeves.
 Cut a front {with a lower neckline} and a back {higher neckline}.
Unfold and put right sides together.  
Sew both shoulder/sleeves together.
 To complete the neckline, fold and press about 1/2 inch toward the wrong side and pin.
Stitch around the entire neck.  {I used a twin needle}
 Now do the same for both the sleeves.
 Now hem the bottom using the same method.  {only this time, press closer to 1 inch toward the wrong side}
 At this point, you can leave the waist like this:
But in an effort to give the dress more shape, I shirred the waistline three times around with elastic thread.
And that's it!
 Too many pictures, I know.
But she's so cute I just can't help myself.  :)
 I think this dress would be cute with a levi jacket, but they're too expensive right now, so I'm waiting until a sale....just in case you wanted to know how much I hate paying full price for things.

A bug flew by and totally weirded Lila out.  This girl.  :)
Have a happy day!
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5 comments:

  1. Love this cute maxi! My oldest wants some maxi dresses, but I cant seem to sew a sleeve to save my life, so I think I will try making them this way. She will be ecstatic when she gets home from school today!!

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  2. Awesome! Sleeves can be so darn temperamental! :) Hope this helps and good luck!

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  3. I love doing sleeves this way, too. It's just so much faster and easier. Looks like Lilia likes her maxi dress! My recently-turned-four year old loves dresses, especially ones that "go down to the ground." She would love a dress like this.
    —Jill, from Jill Made It

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  4. I'm going to try to make some maxi skirts for my granddaughters. You make it look so very easy!

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  5. love this dress! what type of fabric is this?

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