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DIY Maxi Dress

I’m super excite for today’s post! I’ve had the material and stuff laying around for a long time now and finally did it! Well, the reason why I was finally able to make this DIY maxi dress is because my mommy showed me how to use the sewing machine. Yes, I know. There are tons of YouTube tutorial bleh bleh. I’m just really dumbfounded sometimes and need someone to show me face to face! So, while she was teaching me how to use the sewing machine we made this dress! And that, my friends, is how this blog post was born! Mwah ha ha…

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Super cute right! Now I can’t take ANY credit for this bad baby. Not only did we follow the directions from this awesome post but I didn’t even know of that post to begin with! I mentioned to Parrish from Life with the Crust Cut Off how much I wanted a maxi dress but couldn’t find one because I’m just too short and she told me to just make one like she did and pointed me in the right direction! Thanks girl!

Now, I pretty much don’t know what I’m doing so if I were you I would go to the original tutorial if you aren’t too familiar and follow her step by step. BUT, if you know a thing or two about sewing already then you can go ahead and follow along!


-Pretty Fabric

-Ribbed Tank Top

-Elastic Thread

-Regular Thread



-Sewing Machine

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When buying the fabric you want enough that will go around your high waist 1 1/2 times. Take the tank top and cut it about an inch lower then where you want it to attach to the skirt. Like so:

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Unfold the fabric and once again, measure the fabric so it goes around your high waist 1 1/2 times and cut any excess off. I recommend doing this with a ruler instead of just cutting it however which way you think is straight (sorry mom….ahem.) Fold the fabric in half long ways inside out. pin the two sides together so it is easier to feed through the machine.

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While sewing it on the machine, be careful and take out the pins one by one so you don’t have a crooked line.

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We stopped about a foot and a half from the bottom to allow for a small slit up the back.

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I really recommend doing this, this is not included in the main tutorial. Especially if you bought a fabric that doesn’t stretch, this will really help out!

Now, the tricky part. You need to load the elastic thread onto the bobbin with regular thread on top. Sew along the top of the skirt with long stitches all the way around.

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It will ruffle from the elastic thread, this is exactly what you want! Now, turn the skirt inside out. Slide the tank top in the skirt, with the tank top right side out! Trust me, this will look weird but it’s right. Also, make sure the back of the skirts seem matches up with the back middle of the tank top. You need to pin this again all the way around. Now, sew these two pieces together, leaving the elastic thread on the bobbin and regular thread on top. Now, carefully trim the excess fabric, hem the bottom of the skirt and up the slit. That’s it!

If you want to make a sash with the remaining fabric it looks even more cute with it! I like how it covers up the seems from the tank and skirt, looks much more professional. Here is the back:

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I hope you liked this post, I hope to try new things with my sewing machine soon!

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I paired it with this cropped cardigan and I just love this outfit!!

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20 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Camila says:
    September 9, 2013

    Absolutely adorable and fresh!!! Loooove it!!!! excellent choice of fabric!!!

    Cami @

  2. avatar
    Lisa D says:
    September 9, 2013

    You did good. This looks adorable. Wish I could sew. Im sure I could if I could figure out how to thread the machine. Ha! Have a wonderful week and thanks for sharing.

  3. avatar
    Kayla says:
    September 9, 2013

    Beautiful pattern!

  4. avatar
    Angelica says:
    September 9, 2013

    Lovely Dana that is so cute

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    Sara Howe says:
    September 9, 2013

    Oh how adorable!!! My mom and dad bought me a sewing machine 2 or 3 Christmas’s ago, and I’m embarrassed to say, it’s NEVER been out of the box! I’m so intimidated by it haha One of these days I need to become brave and pull it out and have my mom show me how to use it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura says:
    September 10, 2013

    wow this is awesome – you are so talented, I am really going to try and make this project as it looks amazing on you
    Just stopping by from MondayFunday linky

    Laura x

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    Ayelet says:
    September 10, 2013

    Adorable! Love the fabric you used ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. avatar
    September 11, 2013

    That is a really cute dress and I love the fabric. It looks really good on you

  9. avatar
    September 12, 2013

    Super cute! Love it with the little cardigan! Great colors!!

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    Heather says:
    September 13, 2013

    That is adorable! Way to go! I have a sewing machine, and I don’t even know how to stick the thread in… maybe I can talk my mom into coming over to teach me! This dress is fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. avatar
    September 13, 2013

    I adore this maxi dress. I am absolutely going to have to find someone to make me one. The colors are perfection and you look stunning in it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

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    Jennifer says:
    September 13, 2013

    I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you’ll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

  13. avatar
    September 17, 2013

    I just love the fabric that you chose! Thanks for sharing on the Pinworthy Project Party!

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    Krista Low says:
    September 20, 2013

    Super cute darlin’! You did a great job ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. avatar
    Larissa T. says:
    September 20, 2013

    Love this! Would you mind if I featured it on my modern modest fashion page?

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