4.19.2012

Ten Maxi Dress Patterns and Tutorials

This is a whole long list of patterns and tutorials. I didn't do much research, so you might know a better one that I didn't find. And you could always use a short dress tutorial and just lengthen it. There are lots of possibilities!
For my dress I used a pattern that sadly isn't available. There is a similar free shirt pattern on ICandy Handmade which you can use for the top and shorten it, and then add a flared skirt.

If you want to pin individual pictures from this page to remember the tutorial, please click over to the sites they came from. (Give them the credit for the hard work they did!)
Knit Patterns and Tutorials

Woven Patterns and Tutorials

Maternity Patterns and Tutorials
This one isn't specifically a maxi dress, but it would be easy to lengthen the skirt. And this style is so perfect for nursing. (I still wear my dress I made!)

Refashion Maxi Dress Tutorials

14 comments:

  1. I like your pattern you did. Could you mix it up and make it more empire waisted? Would that be easy or hard?
    And thanks for gathering up all these great tutorials. They are all so pretty to look at(including yours), but also slightly intimidating. Knits are so hard for me to sew with. They always get sucked into my machine and cause lots of unpicking and ripping out of fabric. Can't decide if it is operator error, or the machine.
    Thanks for doing this series. I am excited to sew for me!

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    1. There are special sewing machine needles for knits, the yellow ones. Have you looked into that? Also different needles for different weights of fabric.

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  2. Hey I was excited to see my dresses here! I was just thinking the other day that I need to make more maxi tutorials...I'm sewing them all the time!
    Thanks for the links!!
    And ps I LOVE your version of the kimono tee. It's really great, I think I need one myself.

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  3. Hello Heather! I just loved your blog! Great post! Take a look at my blog http://fashionccraft.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm interested in the one in the first picture,where you're holding the baby.. the blue and white flowered one. What pattern is that?

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    1. I used a combination of a shirt pattern and a different skirt pattern. You can see how I did it here http://www.feathersflights.com/2012/04/maxi-dress-week-day-1-cutting-out.html

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    2. Just to clarify - is your dress also made out of a knit fabric? it's beautiful :)

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  5. What pattern is the in the first picture there? The blue and white flowered one of you with the baby?

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  6. Love love LOVE the "add a shirt to a skirt..." dress! :)

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  7. Love this post! Great insight to different styles and techniques :)

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  8. Do you live at the U Married Student Housing (Village)? I swear that brick you're standing in front of is from there, but I could be just crazy :)

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  9. I featured you on my blog here, http://www.feathersflights.com/2012/04/maxi-dress-patterns-and-tutorials.html. Have a great day!

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  10. I love the dress in the very first picture with the title on it. The short sleeved floral print. Do you have a pattern for that one? I would love to make one, it is stunning!

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    1. I don't have a pattern but I have a tutorial, here! http://www.feathersflights.com/2012/04/get-ready-for-maxi-dress-week.html with a link to a free shirt pattern I used!

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