One of my resolutions for this year was to sew some more clothing for myself so when I saw this tutorial for a simple maxi dress, I decided to give it a go. It’s super simple (four seams total + finishing one edge) and would give me some more experience in sewing with jersey fabric. I found some organic cotton jersey on, cut out the pieces, fit my sewing machine with a ball point needle and set to work. I ended up deciding to make a few alterations to the tutorial – mainly creating two trapezoid shaped pieces, with a 33″ width on the botton and approximately 26″ width on the top. I wanted less gathering on the top and creating a taper in the shape of the dress accomplished that. I also added a slit on the right side to allow for easy walkability (is that even a word?). Add a belt and it ends up looking pretty polished (just pretend those tan lines aren’t so bad).

Maxi Dress

Simple, but effective. And very comfortable. I gathered quite a bit of the fabric in the back, and I like the effect that it had.

Maxi Dress

And sometimes my shoulders get cold, so I added a little shrug and thought it looked pretty cute that way too.

Maxi Dress

And because I am a bit of an overachiever (and addicted to pinterest), I made the necklace that you see.

Finger Knitting Necklace

It was fun revisiting the ‘finger knitting’ that I grew up making. I never knew what to do with the yards that I used to create, but this seems to be a pretty functional use! I used some hemp string, wooden beads and copper chain that I happened to have just ‘lying around’! I like it better with the thicker chain, but hey, you make do with what you have.

Finger Knitting Necklace

And in case you’re curious to try this out for yourself, here’s the pinterest link to the tutorial.

Source: via Beth on Pinterest

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4 Responses to summer maxi dress

  1. krista says:

    Cuteeeee! I love the dress and the necklace turned out really well.

  2. viv says:

    Nice….the necklace is a great finishing touch.

  3. Jess W says:

    I’m so impressed by the necklace and by the photo tutorial too, for serious.

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