Sunday, May 22, 2011

To Sew a DIY Ruffled Maxi Dress

I saw this gorgeous, super-soft melon colored jersey fabric at Hancock Fabrics and knew it would be perfect for a maxi dress.  To make it different from all my other maxis, I decided to add 2 tiers of ruffles to the top.  The good thing about this dress is that it can easily be belted at the waist post-pregnancy and still be wearable afterwards.

 
DIY Melon Ruffled Maxi Dress
Frye Joy Vintage Slides

Close-up of ruffle detail plus detachable matching floral pin:

Which necklace looks better with this color of dress: turquoise or pearls?  I like the contrast of the turquoise but the pearls with the floral pin looks nice too so I'm undecided.

15 comments:

  1. This is really nice. I will have to try this.

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  2. What a gorgeous color! I really like it. The color is very fresh and summery. Personally, I like the pearl necklace with this dress better. Great job!

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  3. Both give off different vibes, so I can't pick my favorite. I do wish that you had chosen to use a different colored flower -- but perhaps this was done on purpose? :)

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  4. I prefer the one with the pearls, but I like them both!

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  5. I think the bib necklace obscures the ruffles. My vote is for the pearl. Nice job!!!

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  6. what a pretty color maxi dress! i love the added ruffles by the neckline. it does make it extra special. you look great as always.

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  7. You did such a great job on this...it looks like something straight from the store. I prefer the turquoise for hot summer days and pearls maybe for fancier events after dusk : )

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  8. This color is so pretty! I love the ruffle detailing!

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  9. turquoise for me.

    Oooh, you know, before, I looked forward to seeing you wear petite clothes while you're pregnant (and i still am), but now I'm anxious to see you wear your maternity clothes post pregnancy. You can show us how it can be done!

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  10. You always manage to out-do yourself with each DIY! I love this color and the way the dress drapes. Plus, your baby bump is sooo cute! Congrats by the way! :) I think I like the look of the pearls more, cuz you get to wear the flower pin next to it!

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  11. I like it a lot! If I am not to nosy can I ask you when is the due date?
    xx
    http://dontcallmefashionblogger.blogspot.com/

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  12. OH MY GOSH! this is by far my absolute favorite DIY of yours!! seriously this maxi is amazing.. you should sell your DIY's on etsy!!! because i would SOOOOOO BUY THIS! like seriously you should open a maternity clothing store on etsy!! haha

    i love the orange with the turquoise because i think it's SOO of the moment right now.. who knows.. next spring/summer it might seem out of date to combo two bold colors like that!! plus i just think that combo is so pretty!!

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  13. Dibs - Thanks for dropping by and commenting! Let me know how it turns out!

    Sydney - Thanks so much! I love how bright the color is :)

    Cee - Yep! I was torn between doing a cascading floral detail on the dress or ruffles so this was my way of compromising with myself :D

    Jessy - Thanks for weighing in!

    Gigiofca - Thank you! I didn't even think about the bib necklace covering the ruffles - thanks for pointing that out!

    Ping - Aww, thank so much! I've made so many plain maxis that I knew I had to start doing some embellished ones :)

    Jean - Thanks for your kind words and suggestion! I think I'll do that - it's a great way to incorporate both versions :)

    Annie - Thanks so much! Now I have to think up some other types of embellishments bc my maxi wearing days are only beginning LOL.

    AubreyOhDang - This blog will definitely document post-maternity wear! I love that I can share this (as long as you guys care) :)

    LePetiteLemon - Aw, you are so sweet - thank you so much!

    Francesca - Thank you! Not nosy at all! I am due October 1st :)

    Lisa - You are too kind! But I am definitely not at Etsy clothes-selling level yet - maybe one day :) Thank you for weighing in on the necklace! I do like the 2 colors together and think I'll wear it this way during day like Jean suggested.

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  14. Baby your blog is so cool!
    Come to me :)

    The yellow ball

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