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
I spent 1.5 m fabric on this dress and according to the pattern I was size 38.
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.
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.
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.
Once you have cut your pattern, you’ll have two panels of fabric looking like the picture, below.
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.
Zig zag all along the neckline and the shoulders.
Hem the neckline and the shoulders using a straight stitch and finish hemming the bottom of dress .
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!
3 Replies to “Maxi Dress Tutorial Based On The Plantain T-shirt Pattern”
I really liked checking this out.
You did a great job of showing exactly how you did it. I also like how you made a sash to tie around the waist instead of putting elastic for a waist band. I have a dress similar to this one, and it has the elastic waist band. Sometimes it drives me crazy and keeps me from wearing the dress as often as I would like to.
Again, you did a fantastic job, and thank you for sharing.
Gracie thanks a lot for the kind words. Great to know that it was helpful in some way for you.
All the best and thanks again for visiting Diyclothes.
I just made a patternless maxi dress and added a ‘sash’ tokeep it from billowing out too much. The sash was made from a leftover piece of fabric. Basicly I cut out and stitched together a piece of fabric 5 inches wide and 64 inches long. I sewed the long sides together making a tube and turned it inside out. Then I ran a piece of elastic two to four inches smaller than my waist measurement through the tube. (You could stitch the elastic to the seam edge before you turn the tube inside out.) Stich the open ends together and you have a ‘”wrapped sash” for your dress. My dress was black so I use the ‘sash’ I made for other dresses and long tops as well. In fact, if you made just the sash in a suede fabric, it would work just as well as a conventional belt.