tutorial: how to sew a simple maxi dress

The Plan.

Fabric. You will be making a maxi dress so buy fabric accordingly. I stand 5′ tall (I know, I know, I am tiny) and I needed 2.5 meters of fabric with a 45-inch width.

Preparation and Cutting.


Don’t forget the banana. It’s an integral part of the plan.

Instructions for making the rosettes are HERE.

24 thoughts on “tutorial: how to sew a simple maxi dress

  1. Wow! Funny, last week I was seriously tempted to ATTEMPT making my own long dress for my friend’s wedding, but then I have never made anything before so it’s a disastrous idea. Haha. Plus I’m supposed to use satin which I think is kinda tricky. Someday, someday. :P Congrats on the dress!

  2. I love how easy you make it! That dress looks like the perfect summer uniform. Thanks so much for sharing the how-to, I’ll be linking.

  3. Wow! That is such a pretty dress, I love it! At the moment I am obsessed with maxi skirts and maxi dresses, so as soon I saw your tutorial feature at Sewing Crafts I knew I had to come and take a peek. I am making a maxi dress at the moment and I needed some more inspiration :)

    I will link up to your tutorial on my blog, I am posting about my favorite DIY tutorials and since I loved yours I would like to share (If you don’t mind) :)

  4. I’m 5″1 1/2″ & can’t buy a maxi as I have to cut miles of the bottom which if it has a pattern would be cut off just interested to know which pattern you used to base it on or is it cout freehand

  5. Very cute and super simple! I’m not a bit fan of maxidresses but I might take this one on anyway.

    Lei- satin is actually pretty easy to work with. What I’ve had the most trouble with are knits.

  6. Thanks for the tutorial! I got you beat on the shortness by one inch, I’m 4’11″ and I absolutely love maxi dresses, but they are always 5-6 inches way too long!

  7. Just made this dress – two hours flat including cutting and sewing – although I need to do the hem and attach the straps to the back once I give it to my friend who is receiving it. Looks fantastic and you did such an awesome job making the tutorial easy to follow! I used 100% cotton with no stretch and it was lightweight and it worked really well. I can definitely see myself making more of these for myself and others and also using other materials – satin and knit. Just loving it! Will blog about it once I gift it tomorrow and link to your tutorial. Thanks!!

  8. I’m 5′ too and always worried that maxi dresses would look terrible on me but it looks fab on you so I’m going to try this!

  9. Hi I’m trying to make this dress for plus size like XL she is 5’1 and just wants a little below her knees thanks great dress

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