Yeah, I finally have the tutorial for the super easy maxi dress.
Before we get started, I have to first thank Jess, from Craftiness is not Optional. Not only has she given me the motivation to sew for myself, she also has a great tutorial for a raglan tee that helped make this possible.
I really love wearing this dress. It is unbelievably comfortable.
The raw edges and elastic thread made it super simple to put together.
I kept it plain so I could wear it lots of different ways.
What you need:
2 yards of knit fabric (60" wide) or 4 yards (30"+ wide)
(you may need wider or longer if you are taller or wider than me.)
elastic and regular thread to match
preferably a serger, but you could try it with a zig zag stitch.
rotary board, ruler and cutter.
for the pattern:
a good fitting t-shirt
freezer paper or wrapping paper
Step one: Make your pattern
*I only cut a pattern for the bodice and sleeve of the dress.*
Step 2: cut out your pieces
This is probably the most difficult and nerve-racking part. It is easier if you have someone helping you, but I was able to do it on my own.
My fabric was 60" wide and I wanted the front and back to each be 30" wide at the bottom. So I found the middle of the fabric and folded in one side at a time. I pinned down my bodice on the fold at the top and marked the length I wanted it to be on the bottom with a pin. (I cut it out to be longer than I wanted so I could have some wiggle room. I cut the excess off later.)
I cut out my bodice and continued cutting down the side with my ruler angled at the pin marking the bottom. When I got to the edge of my cutting mat I slid it down, being careful not to pull on the fabric.
Step 3: Sewing it together
The worst is over and the rest is a breeze.
Step 4: make adjustments
Try on the dress at this point and figure out if you need to make adjustments.
Step 5: add elastic thread around the neck and sleeves
Don't be scared, it's really easy. You can buy elastic thread in the notions department. It comes in black, white and I think navy. Hand-wind the elastic into your bobbin and sew like normal. I sewed a zig-zag on the longest length I could. I sew two seams around the neck and one around the sleeve. You may need to play with your bobbin tension. If you have a brother machine you might want to read this tutorial. Practice on a scrap before starting.
(Optional) Step 6: sew waist line
I didn't sew a waist line on my dress because I wanted to be able to wear it with different belts. We did sew one on my sisters dress though.
Then, we sewed over the line with the elastic thread. We did two rows.
That's it, let me know if I left anything out or if you have any questions.