I wrote this maxi dress post a few years ago so I am going to take a moment to update it with some links and useful information. The original post I’ll leave below italicized. I made this dress for my sister for her birthday a few years ago and it turned out so good! I used a really simple white tank top and sewed it inside out into a basic a-line skirt. Sounds complicated but it was really simple. Here are the details.
Since the original post a few years ago, I have drawn up this really simple, sketchy pattern. I used a tank top for this dress very similar to this one. A basic white tank top in jersey knit or ribbed material will work well.
Along with the white tank top, you’ll need a nice printed fabric, I used a chevron fabric like this. You’ll also need a special kind of thread called elastic thread and a few other things, here is a complete supply list.
With the help of these two older posts, sewing a maxi dress should be pretty simple. This one is a detailed tutorial update and this one will show you some good images on the process of sewing the shirt into the body of the skirt with the elastic thread.
After you have figured this process out, sewing a maxi dress for yourself, friend or little one will become a breeze. You can always contact me via email with any specific questions or leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help.
Original Post- 5/16/13
I’ve been looking at a tutorial for sewing a maxi dress for a few months now and wanting to try it so when I saw this green chevron fabric I knew I had to try it for my sister’s birthday. I got motivated and tweaked the original tutorial a bit so that I could make an a-line maxi.
Sewing is one of my favorite hobbies but it is Hard. My love of sewing comes from my mom who is an excellent seamstress and I so wish I had her talent of whipping out clothes from scratch but I’ll need a few more years of practice for that. I found this amazing tutorial though and I have to share it with you because I think even a novice seamstress like myself, could pull it off. The tutorial I used for this maxi dress is from a small snippet and it uses a regular ribbed tank top that you can purchase at target! I love it.
For the tutorial pattern update on this Maxi please see here!