. . . for Lauren and Lauren: DIY Maxi Dress

June 10, 2012

DIY Maxi Dress





Ideally this DIY project should have taken me thirty minutes according to the tutorial I followed.  
Which if I would've followed it correctly, it probably would have. 

After I made her dress, which should turn out all cute looking like this: 

30 minute maxi dress

I tried it on, and looked as though I was wearing a teal colored tent.
Which was quite unflattering on me, 
 so I decided to make it more fitting.  

I had already followed the directions for the neckline and arms.  

Then I took this maxi dress and laid it on the dress I made from the tutorial 
(which pretty much gives you a big rectangle sewn on three sides).
I traced around my maxi dress onto the fabric and sewed up the new sides.   

And then added a strip of green fabric at the bottom.  


Since it is knit fabric you don't have to hem or finish any of the lines. 

Needless to say this "30 minute" project turned into a few hours, but I think it was worth it.
I wasted quite a bit of time before I decided to make it a more fitted dress. 
Maybe now that I know what I'm doing I could do it in 30 minutes!




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38 comments:

J and A said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I love yours!!! Great job!!

Faith said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I am so impressed! I want to make my own clothes too! It would be incredible to design something just the way you want it to look! Amazing job!

Michelle said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I love your dress!

Jenny said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

That dress is fabulous! Yours looks better than the pattern model's!! I love how you added the 2nd color on the bottom!

<3 Jenny
www.crazystylelove.com

Pamela said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

SO cute!!

Simply LKJ said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Love it! You did a great job. Knit is hard to work with. My Katie is into maxis and skirts...might have to give this a try at some point.

Kristin said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

That belt really pulls it together (literally). I love the color combo!

Jessica @ Here(and)Now said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Wow - again... super IMPRESSED! I think the final version is just great... you are going to get so much use out of this this summer
xx
Here&Now

Laura said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

You are so talented!! I wish I had your skills.

Mimi said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

yay for DIY projects! :D

<3, Mimi
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Annie said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I LOVE it Katie! The green at the bottom is so fun, and it looks great belted! Definitely a few hours well spent :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Lauren said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Super impressed with your craftiness! The dress turned out beautifully:-)

Carly said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

So cute! The colors are perfect!

Carly
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Alana Christine said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I should really look into making my own. I want another one, but don't want to pay retail for it.

Carolyn said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

It's adorable!

Amelia - Ugly Duckling said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Even if it didn't take you 30 minutes Im still very impressed! I want to try make one now!


Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING xxx

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Rhiannon said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

You look so cute :)

Chococcuro said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

wow can't believe you made this!! It's very chic!

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two birds said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

you are so talented! and the dress, color and fit, looks great on you!

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I want to make one now!

xo Megan

smk053078 said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Holy moly!!! You rock!!! This turned out PERFECT!! Love the colors! I wish I could sew and make my own clothes!! High five yourself!!
xo,
Shanna

Fashion By Alicia said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

That is really cute! I definitely want to make one especially since I don't have to hem!

Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Wow! Super cute!! I'm your newest follower :)

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Can I borrow some of your DIY skills? Haha!

Rolled Up Pretty said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Okay Katie that is SO SO CUTE! I just checked out the tutorial, I want to make one so bad! I bet it will take me well over a half hour as well... Ha, good job!

Shannon said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

LOVE your dress! Great job. I just discovered your blog through Monday Mingle, and I'm so glad I did. I'm a new follower.

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

Hima said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Whoa this is so pretty!
"A teal-colored tent." I died!
Oh, and Katie, will you please, just like, come to my house, and make my wardrobe? Your sense of style and your ....everything is so perfect!
<3Hima

Meredith Sledge said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I've been loving maxi dresses lately! Wish I was tall enough for them!

xoxoC said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I tried this two weeks ago and I failed horribly!!! I'll have to try, try again.

Hello from Mingle Monday :-)

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Wow! Look at you. Great job. Love the color and trust me I know all about those "30 minute"projects that go south. At least it worked out in the end.

Ashley said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

i think you did a pretty fantastic job! I love the colored strip at the bottom!

Kerrie said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

ok I'm definitely going to have to try this!

Mary Kate said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This is soo awesome!! I am fully impressed with your skills - I want to make one now!! I think I willl too...not just say I will...but I just might actually make it!!!!

bailey said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

your dress is super cute! love the color combo. great for summer!

Baby Girls Dresses said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I love unique maxi dress.

Lisa @ Organized Chaos said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I think it turned out wonderful in the end! I think it looks way cute with the skinny brown belt!

still being [molly] said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

HOLY MOLY THIS IS AMAZING!! you look so great! i wish i could sew!

Danielle Faith said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

What I love about this is you made it yourself!

xxx,

Danielle Faith
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