so i made a dress…

i’ve been filling up my pinterest sewing board with tons of fun projects, but not really doing any of them (shocking, i know).

as soon as i saw this fabric i knew what i’d use it for – this dress!

this tutorial was very well written and super easy to follow.

really, this is a beginner level project that just about anyone could do!  i made a couple changes from the directions that helped me, so i thought i’d pass them along to you!

the directions say to cut the fabric to 1 1/2 times around your waist, and i made mine a little more than 2 times around.  i found that i wanted it a little fuller, but also needed it fuller because the original measurement wasn’t quite wide enough at the base for me to take a full step.

i tried to make the skirt start up a little higher, but the weight of the fabric pulled the tank top and stretched it down a bit.  turns out the lower waist was a good thing because i needed a little more length at the bottom.

the sash is also super fun with a tiny anchor print.  i can also swap it out for another belt, but i really like the anchors!

i didn’t even hem the bottom.  after i wash it, if its too short, i plan to add a border of the anchor fabric there.

i also want to make each of my girls one of these, too!  it was so fast and easy to make – done in just a couple hours – not bad!



  1. 1

    That’s really cute!

  2. 2

    Super cute and I love the mix of colors!

  3. 3

    That is REALLY cute and it looks so comfortable!!!

  4. 4

    This is lovely! Now I need to learn to sew! :)

  5. 5

    So cute on YOU! Thanks for sharing…and it inspires me to actually sew up a few of the projects I have pinned too!

  6. 6

    so cute! great job girl :)

  7. 7

    I love it. its adorable! I am so glad you said this is an easy sewing project for a beginner! I am definitely a beginner and I want to try this so bad.

  8. 8

    You are the absolute cutest person ever I swear! I love that dress! Job well done :)

  9. 9

    Wow that turned out really cute! Definitely going to attempt this one.

  10. 10

    It turned out so cute! Great job, and I love the fabric! :) xo Heather

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    So, I am currently working on this dress. I am having serious trouble with the elastic bobbin. For some reason it is not ruffling my skirt! Any tips?

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      @ Nicole…
      saw your comment and thought i’d tell you some tips my readers have left after attempting the tutorial! a few people have had that same issue. some machines have problems with elastic thread. if its not ruffling, try spritzing it with a little water and ironing it after you’ve sewn it with the elastic thread. often times the heat of the iron will cause the elastic thread to bunch up like its supposed to. you can also ruffle it by hand by ruffling the fabric and pinning it into a ruffle, and then sewing it with the elastic thread. that way, you get the ruffle, but the elastic thread will still give you the elasticity you need to get into the dress. really hope that helps!! good luck! :)

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    I was wondering how you kept it from being huge at your waist considering the extra 1/2 yard you used. I used the recommended 1.5 but the waist ended up being really big!

  13. 14

    Now will you make one to sell to me?

  14. 15

    love this! it really looks great! thanks so much for the tips too…the fuller skirt is a great option for people with longer legs, and it looks great too! and i LOVE the way you tied the sash! i’m so glad the tutorial worked out for you! thanks for the link!! :)

  15. 16

    what a fun version of a maxi dress! I’ll have to check out the tutorial. isn’t pinterest great?

  16. 17

    I made that dress this weekend, too (and am wearing mine right now)! The tutorial was great, even for a novice like me.

    Look for my version on Wednesday!

  17. 18

    This dress is also on my “to make list”. It is getting so long, too. I should probably quit adding to it until I actually make some of it!! You did a great job! I love the prints!!

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    just looks fab – so fun and fresh – well done you le xox

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    THANK YOU for posting this! I LOVE IT! I plan to find me some fabric asap and do this! I’m printing it out so I don’t forget! This is so cute on you! I LOVE LOVE LOVE a long dress!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 21

    This is adorable and I would love to make one. However, I can’t seem to find the tutorial. I am sure I have looked right at the link. Could you point me in the right direction?

    Thank you,

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    Thank you for sending me the link. *S*

  22. 23
    Zina :: Let's lasso the moon says:

    This is adorable on you! Lovely job.

  23. 24

    That dress is FANTASTIC! I love it!!! You did such a great job and thanks for sharing! I wish I sewed!! :) Brooke

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    Too fun, Lindsay! I remember seeing this and thinking, “I need to pin that,” and then…forgetting. So glad you posted about it again on WIWW today so I could actually REMEMBER this time! : )

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    What type of fabric did you use for the skirt?? Is this 100% cotton??

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    I can’t seem to find the original tutorial, can you post or email the link to me?? I have made similar dresses in knee length for my daughter but would like to see this tutorial that uses the elastic thread.
    Thanks so much!

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    jessica says:

    for the skirt part i used 100% cotten twin sized flat bed sheet (got it at walmart for under $5) and it works amazing. then for a design i used a stencil and a sponge with bleach. it turned out sure cute and super cheap!

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    I love this so much! Your fabric choices “make it.” Nice work!

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    The fabric you chose is so yummy! I love nautical prints and anything with blues in it. I have a few questions. Did you layer tank tops to create the two-tone top? I think I’ll need to for more support and I was wondering if your sash/belt is attached? And one more thing, what kind of fabric did you use for the bottom? I just read the part where you said you left it unhemmed so I was wondering what kind of fabric to buy so I don’t have to worry about unraveling. I’m 5’9 1/2 so I need the length! Thanks!

    • 31

      yes, i layered tank tops. one was attached to the dress, then one underneath as an undershirt. the sash was not attached so i could wear it with a different belt if i wanted to. i used quilter’s cotton for the skirt (and sash). the only reason it didn’t need to be hemmed was because i used the selvedge edge as my hem. but since you’re taller, this way to make the skirt won’t work for you as i’m 5’6″ and the length is barely long enough for me. i sewed the fabric in one big tube and you’d have to probably take the length you need the skirt and make several panels on that length, attach them together, then hem the edge. more work, but still not too hard!

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    i can’t find the tutorial link either. Can you help me. I just think you look fabulous in your dresses.

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