Maxi Dress Tutorial Based On The Plantain T-shirt Pattern

May 24, 2016 , In: My Tutorials
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I was never into dresses before, my everyday out routine was wearing jeans and a shirt. Since I started sewing, I kind of began liking them. On last year’s summer, I made this maxi dress based on a free t-shirt pattern I found online.

As my first dress was a success, I sewed another one. I know that there are tons of tutorials and patterns through the web, but I decided to share my first experience on sewing this dress. Since this pattern is free, if not for a dress, you can use it to sew a top instead.

The pattern is available on European sizes 34 to 46, following the link below you have instructions on how to download it.

Plantain t-shirt pattern from deer and doe

For the tutorial you’ll need

  • Your choice of fabric cotton, knit, polyester etc.
  • Plantain t-shirt pattern
  • Cotton thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors

I spent  1.5 m fabric on this dress and according to the pattern I was size 38.

MAXI DRESS TUTORIAL 1

Print out and assemble the PDF pattern according to its instructions then start working with the fabric. First fold your fabric length-wise, cut it on the folded side, you have now two large rectangles.

MAXI DRESS TUTORIAL 2

Fold the first rectangle again. Put the shirt front pattern along the fold, secure it with pins and use chalk to draw around your pattern. I used a wood ruler to help me draw a line from the edge of the pattern to the bottom corner of the dress.

Before cutting, determine your height and make a mark on the fabric. Next, cut around the pattern or the lines you draw.

MAXI DRESS TUTORIAL 3

Repeat all the steps above for the back shirt pattern.

Since my fabric had those horizontal striped lines and some other design, first I laid the second folded rectangle flat, then added the cut front panel. I tried matching the striped lines of the fabric then secured both panels of fabric with pins, and lastly added the back shirt pattern.

MAXI DRESS TUTORIAL 4

MAXI DRESS TUTORIAL 5

Once you have cut your pattern, you’ll have two panels of fabric looking like the picture, below.

MAXI DRESS TUTORIAL 6

Place your front and back panels right sides together. Pin and sew shoulder seams using a ½ inch seam allowance. Continue with sewing side seams and finish them with serger or a zig zag stitch.

MAXI DRESS TUTORIAL 7

Zig zag all along the neckline and the shoulders.

MAXI DRESS TUTORIAL 8

Hem the neckline and the shoulders using a straight stitch and finish hemming the bottom of dress .

MAXI DRESS TUTORIAL 9

As you can see on the pictures, I wore my dress with a band. I used the same fabric to sew it.

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you very much for visiting DIY clothes!

Tringa
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