Hello! It’s so good to be back on The Sewing Rabbit and I am excited to share with you some fun and easy DIY’s over the next months. With the warmer temperatures and summer on its way, I wanted to make a super simple maxi dress perfect for everyday or even to use as a swimsuit cover up.
Easy Bohemian Maxi Dress DIY.
This tutorial can be made for any age or size, however I will be giving you the measurements I took to make a size 6 (in brackets).
Let’s get started!
First you need to take a couple measurements:
- Distance from the underarm to the ankles.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Light weight fabric. I use a cotton/silk voile.
- Elastic 2cm ( 3/4″) wide – the lenght should be the same as your chest measurement.
- General sewing supplies.
CUTTING THE FABRIC:
WIDTH: Take your chest measurement and divided it by two: 54 cm ( 21.25″)/2 = 22cm (8.5″)- this will be the width.
HEIGHT: Take the second measurement you took – underarm to ankle- 80cm (31.5″) minus the height of your bottom ruffle -D- I made mine 25cm (10″) you can choose to make yours smaller or larger – minus 10cm (4″) I didn’t want the dress to be too long, so my daughter could play freely in it without stepping over it. Also keep in mind that the back tends to lower more when worn, as seen in the photos.
22cm (8.5″) by 55cm (21.5″) – Cut TWICE
WIDTH: same as -A-
HEIGHT: I made mine 16cm (6.25″). You can made it as short or long as you like.
22cm (8.5″) by 16cm (6.25″) – Cut TWICE
Good for all sizes: 55cm (21.5″) by 5cm (2″) – Cut ONCE
WIDTH: same as -A-
HEIGHT: I made mine 25cm (10″). You can keep this way for any size. I would recommend making it shorter for smaller sizes than 4-5T. Just make sure you determine this before cutting your main body -A- so that the dress does not end up to short or long. If you find the dress to long you can always fix it later.
22cm (8.5″) by 25cm (10″) – Cut TWICEPut a small notch at all the centers of every fabric panel.
Press all seams. Enjoy!
Have fun with your fabric and color choices. If you don’t like the halter necktie, you can always stitch the straps down at the back. Also don’t be afraid to play with the length of the ruffles top and bottom. Wear it as a skirt. Make it shorter into a tunic or even a top. Try making one for you and your daughter! Most importantly have fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…