Before I could post the loungewear tutorials I new I had to get the maxi dress tutorial up. This time I used a couple videos. I hope they are easy to understand. First off, I apologize for doing the tutorial with black jersey. It’s a little hard to see all the details.
Ok, let’s begin. Before we start, simplify this in your head. You’re making a top. You’re making a skirt. You’re connecting them. That’s all. You can do this.
For the top I cut a triangle piece of fabric out. You want it to extend over your shoulder a couple inches and about an inch past your natrla waist. It will be large. That’s ok. Dont worry about that part yet. I put a pin at the top shoulder part so I don’t get confused with what point goes where.
You will need four of these. After I cut the four I put them up on my form so you could see what we’re going for.
The next step is to connect the top of the dress at the shoulders. Here’s what you’ll have.
Now for the twisted shoulder strap. All you need to do is twist each top at the shoulder strap until you like the way it looks.
(note: I wasn’t happy with the way mine looked. They looked really thin. So what I did was twist an extra piece of fabric around it to bulk it up. Just keep that in mind if you want it thicker.)
Now what we’ll need to do is sew the front, back and side seams. Make sure you take in to account how low you want the front and back to be.I made a video to help explain it easier.
After sewing them together here’s how I refined the armholes.
Now that the top is complete, we need to attach it to the skirt. Make a waistband that’s slightly larger than your waist. That way it will still be fitted but you can get it over your head. Then gather the bottom of your top so that it fits the length of the waistband. Sew it together.
Last step! Figure out how long you want your skirt. I make it the width of my waist band plus half. Gather it to the width of your waist band and attach.
Here’s the finished dress. I love the look of ease with this dress. It looks relaxed and flowy and still has great style.
I think the twisted straps add a nice, different detail.
That being said, let me point out it’s flaws- My stripes got all goofy and I ended up not being able to do anything about it since I ran out of fabric.
But that being said, I still love the dress and hope people don’t notice when I wear it
I hope you guys have liked the tutorial and go make your own version!
In other news, I have a new line of leather bound scarves coming out soon! I have a sample sale going on of my Spring/Summer line. Out of these, I have the army/fushcia, navy stripe/silver, black/brown, grey/aqua and orange/silver left. Since they’re my samples they are over half off and on sale for only $30!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want one.
If you head over to my facebook page you can see some of my new designs for the Fall/Winter line, too. I’d love to hear what you think.
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