Today I am sharing a quick and EASY girls maxi dress tutorial!
I made this dress for Gracie the other night and she wore it all day yesterday…it’s a new favorite.
When I had the idea I wasn’t sure how it would turn out so we used some crazy supplies but now that I’ve made one I want to make like 10 more and this time use nicer T-shirts and some of the “good” polyester from my secret hoard.
If you want to make one of these girls maxi dresses it is seriously the easiest project ever and I promise your little girls will love it (Gracie loves the long, cool, silky fabric.) Here’s what to do:
(Complete with the pictures taken as I was just trying this idea out)
(Like I said I wasn’t sure how this would turn out so I used Gracie’s Old Bacon Shirt on this prototype…it was getting on the short side and the bacon had seen better days so we picked off the letters and chopped it up.)
For the width: I cut my fabric 3 times the width of the shirt (so if it was 10 inches wide I’d cut it 30 inches wide).
For the length: I had Grace put on the chopped shirt and measured from the bottom of the shirt to the floor and added about an inch and a half for seam allowances and hemming.
To do this run a loose stitch around the top of your skirt and pull it (rearranging the gathers as you go) until the skirt is roughly the same width as your shirt.
You may have to rearrange the gathers as you go—pulling the skirt tighter or making it looser so that it will fit onto your shirt. (Also this is how I pinned mine together. In this photo the shirt is upside down and inside the skirt.)
I tried the dress on Gracie and then pinned it to the length that I wanted before I sewed a stitch.
And your done!
So very easy…and so very awesome…
(At least it is to Gracie—all day she walked around like an old school Hollywood movie star on vacation.)
Since the T-shirt was something about to hit the yard sale bin it cost me nothing and the fabric for the bottom was part of a 3 yard piece that I bought at a thrift store for $1. So this dress was a super deal and…
Yes, I really am going to make some more.
And I’m thinking a shorter version paired with leggings and a skinny belt would be stinking cute (I’ll put that on the list for my weekend sewing and let you know how it goes.)
And then because it looks so comfortable I kind of want to try one for myself…I like the idea but am wondering how it would translate into a mom dress…hum…I’ve got to think about this….
What do you think? Would it be worth the polyester sacrifice?
Until next time…Happy Thrifted Thursday!
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