DIY Maxi Dress

DIY maxi dress with lots of pictorial instructions.  Fool proof.
Once the bodice was done, I attached the sleeves, waistband, and skirt, and was done–such an easy diy maxi dress! I love that knits don’t require zippers or buttons. I do strongly recommend that you use a ballpoint needle.  You’ll also want to use a zigzag stitch for attaching the waistband so the seams can stretch as you pull it over your head.

DIY maxi dress with lots of pictorial instructions.  Fool proof. And the final results:

DIY maxi dress


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  1. Chelle Chapman

    Beautiful job Kara!!! You make this look SEW easy!! You both are rockin’ those dresses too!!! TFS, I might take a stab, we’ll see.

  2. I love you tutorial! I’m needing to make a similar dress for my sister’s wedding. I was wondering if you could share your measurements for each piece? I don’t have a dress at home to go off of. Thanks! I love your pattern!!!

    • Hey Laura! Sorry for my delay in responding, my hosting server was out for a few days, and I totally forgot to respond. For my patterns, I always use different items in my closet to help me get the right shape for each piece. I make sure that the item I use to create the pattern is the same material or has the same stretchiness to it so it will work. I always cut the pieces larger than needed because you can easily take things in, but it’s very complicated to try to add more fabric later. I recommend this video on how to use your own clothing for pattern pieces:

      I’m 5’9 and about 135-140 pounds. The skirt length is 43 inches long. The waistband piece is 5 inches (with seam allowance). and the bodice is 18 inches (with seam allowance) from shoulder to waistband. The skirt is 29 inches (seam allowance) around on the top and then 46 on the bottom, though I would make it wider if you have enough fabric.

      Hope that helps some!

  3. Rachel Roth

    How many yards of fabric did you use?

  4. Christina

    I love this dress…I saw it yesterday on Pinterest and now can’t get it off my mind….thinking about making it, how did you line it

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