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.


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

  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!

  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? :)

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

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

  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.

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

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

  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!

  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!

  11. I like it a lot! If I am not to nosy can I ask you when is the due date?

  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!!

  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.

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

    The yellow ball

  15. I love the pearls! <3


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