Draped Maxi Dress DIY
(I know I need to shorten the hem, but I'm still trying to decide if I want to add drawstrings up the side to adjust the dress length as I choose)
See full tutorial after the jump:
What You'll Need:
- 2-3 yards of 60" jersey (I used a stretchy 100% Rayon from Joann's)
- Matching thread
- A belt
1. On a dress form / model / yourself, center fabric against body vertically (the fold in the fabric from being on the bolt should line up against your side from underarms to ankles) and tie the ends once.
Photo of tied ends
2. Tie it one more time so you wind up with kind of a fancy looking danish
3. Tuck the ends inside and pin. You'll hand tack these down when you're ready to sew.
4. Pin right underneath your underarms and also at your ankles.
5. Carefully cut excess fabric from the bottom at the length you want it (maxi, below knee, at knee, etc.) but don't forget to leave a little excess for hemming.
6. Remove dress from dress form / model / self and sew down the side from where you pinned at the underarm and ankles. Hem your dress.
7. Voila! You're finished! The great thing about jersey is that it will not fray so you can leave the ends unfinished if you prefer. Hence, I left the entire neckline with a raw edge. You'll most likely want to wear this dress with a belt of some sort either at your waist line or right underneath your bust.