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Maxi Dress Week Day 1: Cutting Out

Welcome to Maxi Dress Week! I'm really excited for this week. It gets me to make maxi dresses for myself, and it gets me to share some sewing with knit tips. At the end of the week join in and add any kind of maxi dress you've made/refashioned/fixed/mended/etc to the linky party. As long as it's a maxi dress, and you've done something to it in the past year or so, you can add it!

I'll walk you through my process of making two maxi dresses this week with lots of different tips. I used a free shirt pattern that I have used multiple times and is not available anymore. Luckily, ICandy Handmade has a similar free shirt pattern that you can use. I cut out my top and sewed the shoulder seams, put it over my head, and found where it hit my waist. I added 1" for seam allowance, and then cut off some of the bottom so it would hit me at my waist. I cut off about 8", and I have a long torso so you might need to cut off more. I also cut out another shirt piece so I could double my fabric; I dislike semi-transparent shirts. Then I cut out three flared skirt pieces because that's how I could fit the pieces onto the fabric I had left.
Here I have five pieces: two shirt pieces and three skirt pieces.
Since I already knew I needed to shorten the pattern by 8" I folded each side up for my other top. I cut two of this fabric too.
This is how I cut out my flared skirt. (this is really bad pattern-making and not how it's really done. This is just quick.) I measured my waist divided it in half, added seam allowance and a little bit for gathering. With this measurement I drew a curve at the top of my fabric. Then I measured from my waist to the floor, added seam and hem allowance and measured down from the center of my waist curve and each side. This gave me the curve for the bottom. Also, check the hip measurement before you cut it out so you have enough room for you hips. You might not want it really tight around your hips.
Then I cut out my skirt.
Later today I'll post a mini fabric tutorial in case you wanted a printed fabric and couldn't find one!Good luck cutting out your dress! 


  1. Help! I have tried to download that pattern a couple of times, but am having no luck getting it downloaded. Any suggestions? I love the look of that shirt.
    Also, can't wait for what this week brings in this series. I really want to make myself some clothes, and series like this inspire me!

  2. You made it look so easy! I tried to download the shirt pattern, but that didn't work. So I tried to make my own from a shirt of mine, but failed miserably. All the material is back in a box to try again another day. Your dresses look beautiful!

  3. I love your tutorial! I think the link for the shirt pattern is wrong though. All of the links I can find go to a dress pattern.


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