Easy Jersey Maxi Dress Tutorial

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I found a tutorial for a similar dress that was striped at Better Together. It was so great I had to try it myself! I was going to get black and white jersey and make a black and white striped one. I could only find this zebra-y jersey stuff and thought it would be great! 
If you want a big loose dress, 2 yards will probably be good.

 If you want something more tight, get 2 yards and cut it smaller. 

First, fold it in half lengthwise with the right sides together. 

Sew it up the side leaving a good gap at what will become the top. Start small and you can always make it bigger. We started with 5 inches but had to cut them into 7 inches. 

A lot of my stitches turned out really great.

Although a lot turned out really bad. My fabric was SO stretchy that I had to stretch it while I sewed it even though where I read up it said to not stretch it. Oh well.

 On the creased side, opposite from the arm hole, cut another arm hole the same size.

 Sew across the shoulders leaving a gap for the head.

 Try it on. You may need to adjust some things. If you're making a looser dress, you can add a piece of 1/4 inch wide elastic on the inside to create a waist. We were going to but it ended up much tighter than we'd expected. 

 Cut a "V" in the neck 

Cut off any extra length. There's no need to hem it since it will just roll up! If you want to though, go ahead.

My sister is modeling a very messy version of the Sideways Braid to Bun





My sister ended up cutting off the end so she could walk easier and it looks just as great.

It's totally her! We're going to a wedding where the theme is black and white and all the guests have to wear those colors, too. 

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8 Sweet little note(s)

  1. Nice job. This turned out so cute. I can't decide whether I like the long or short version better. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

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  2. Meh... I gotta lose about half my body weight to pull it off as prettily as you guys do. You are not only beautiful, but also crazy talented- lovely gowns!
    I think I'd go for the long version if, as I said, I could rock it. Never thought I'd say zebra and classy in the same sentence, but it looks classier (given I'm a tad older) whereas the shorter version is more for girls 10 to 20 years my junior :)
    Now... where's my walking stick? :D

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  3. Very fun! Love the zebra print!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  4. Way to go! So happy to see a teenage girl sewing for herself. The dress looks fabulous on you!

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  5. this dress turned out so cute and looks great on both styles. congratulations! I can't wait to see what you'll share this week! Have a fun weekend!

    Hugs,
    Lelanie

    to-sew-with-love.com
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  6. I'm so proud of you for making your own maxi dress and not being afraid to alter it and chop off more as you go! It came out super cute!!
    Keep up the stylish posts!
    Jenny

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  7. My heart say that your are looking so beautiful in this maxi dress.......it is give more color of you.!!!
    Chiffon Dresses

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