Maxi Dress Pattern Hack Tutorial
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So if you follow me on Instagram (@ mabeyshemadeit), you’ll remember that I promised I’d show you how to make the maxi dress I wore to SNAP! conference. That day has finally arrived–I haven’t been able to get good photos in it until now.
A while back I found these jersey sheets at Target on clearance, and I snatched them up. I think this one was a Full and only cost me $7. If you’ve priced jersey knit before, you know that $7 for SEVERAL YARDS of fabric is a great deal. I haven’t calculated how much yardage there is, but I have so much left after a full maxi dress that it’s amazing (I didn’t even touch the fitted sheet and there’s a bunch left of the flat sheet). I’m still excited about my find, as you can tell.
So I had in my mind that I wanted to make a maxi dress from this sheet set and spent some time thinking about how I wanted it to look. I bounced back and forth between a cross-over yoke and a simple scoop neck, and finally went with a scoop neck because the necklaces I have to wear with it would look better with that neckline. Awesome way to decide, right? (Side Note: I often decide my outfit based from the shoes I feel like wearing that day. I know my priorities.)
Anyway, after I’d decided on a scoop neck, I needed to think about how to make a maternity-friendly maxi dress that I’d still be able to wear afterwards. I want to wear it for a long time! I also wanted to use as much existing hem from the sheets as possible–because I’m lazy like that and because it was 2 days before SNAP! and I still had a TON of things to do to get ready. With those factors in mind, here’s how I created my maxi dress.
- Sewing Machine and thread
- Serger (optional)
- jersey sheets or several yards of knit fabric
- Knit top pattern (I used the Penelope Peplum by See Kate Sew)
- A maxi skirt for reference
- General sewing supplies: (Scissors, pins, tailor’s chalk or a fabric marker, measuring tape)
- Decide where you want your bodice and skirt to meet on your body. Since I’m pregnant, I pretty much had to have mine meet right under the bust for it to look like, but if you’re not pregnant, you have more options (hurray!).
Ta Da! You did it! Other than figuring out my measurements, this maxi dress was super fast to put together–basically it’s the same as making a modified peplum (which my pattern was to begin with). Simple, easy, and impressive.
And I was so comfortable the whole time I was at my conference, so I was thrilled with my maxi dress-from-a-sheet transformation. And at 32 weeks it’s still going strong.
Now the photo shoot is a different story–I’m such a dork when it comes to photos! So while we were out in the street, a truck came by and the guy gave me a thumbs up…just a lot embarrassing, but you have to be able to laugh at yourself, right?
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