+ The one hour 2-in-1 Maxi dress or skirt tutorial

 I’ve been dying to make a simple maxi skirt or dress forever now, literally, I bought this sheer material 2 years ago from home fabrics for this exact reason. I’m so glad I finally got around to doing it. It turned out darling and it was so easy and quick. Took 45 quick minutes. Plus, it cost a total of $7. Oh and did I mention…you can wear it before, during, and after pregnant? Oh yes, you can!
If any of you are wondering…I flipped the elastic under when wearing it as a dress…then cut/hemmed it when wearing it as a skirt which I covered the elastic part with a belt…in case there is any confusion.

Supplies:
fabric (the length you want it X 2 + seam allowance)
lining (the same length as the fabric, but width only needs to be how long your stride is)
1″- 1.5″ wide elastic (the size of your waist when stretched around it)
sewing machine
thread
pins
Instructions:
1. Buy the necessary materials.
2. Measure the lining wide enough so when you walk you can comfortably walk in it, make sure it is long enough that it will hit an inch or two before the fabric’s bottom. Make sure to add a few inches of seam allowance. Sew the sides of the lining up to make a tube.
3. Measure the fabric to be at least twice as wide as your waist size. With this sheer polyester fabric, because it is thin, I almost quadruple the size of my waist. I just measured the length I wanted my dress/skirt, then cut two long rectangles, leaving the width to be the width of the salvage or bolt end to end. For example,  the length of both rectangles were 50″ and the waist area depends on how you wide your fabric is made (anywhere from 40″ – 60″+), mine was 45″. Make sure to add a few inches of seam allowanceThe thicker the material, the less material you want in the waist so it isn’t bulgy, so there will be less gathering.  Make the length as long as you want. Sew the side seams of the fabric up to make a tube, the side seams should be the length of the dress…how tall it is.
*Note – you may not need lining with some material. Test out the cling and how see-through it is to find out if you need lining.
4. Gather the fabric’s and lining’s waist band to be a bit bigger than the size of your hips.
5. Slide the lining into the fabric, line and pin up the gathered waistbands together. Sew together with a basting stitch.
6. Serge the ends to prevent fraying.
7. Wrap the elastic around your waist and comfortably stretch it around your waist, mark, cut, and sew it to the right size. Make sure it can slide over your hips.
8. Mark every fourth on the elastic and the gathered waist line of the skirt/dress.
9. Then match and pin the dress and elastic up and sew a zig zag stitch or vari-overlock stitch. Stretch the elastic as you sew, making the elastic lay flat with the gathered waist.
10. Hem the bottom of the lining and the fabric by rolling it a quarter inch once, then twice and sewing a straight stitch.
***Note – You can’t change it between a maxi dress and skirt, otherwise it will be dragging quite a bit as a skirt. Unless you make the maxi dress a shorter dress then a maxi would be, then it would work for both.

Comments

  1. So gorgeous! Would you mind making me one? I have 4 weeks to go in my pregnancy and could use a sweet maxi to lift my spirits :)

  2. Gorgeous! I wish I had any sewing skills…
    Creamy

  3. I’m a little bit confused. I see elastic in tutorial, but I can’t see it on model or on you. And it seams like the dress is the same length, but on some photos it has top part and on the other it has shirt insted of top part.

    • im the same way!!! lol

    • It is two different looks…one is a maxi dress and one is a maxi skirt from the same tutorial. But the skirt was made shorter after the maxi dress photos were taken, in order to make the maxi skirt photos. I flipped the elastic under when wearing it as a dress…then cut/hemmed it when wearing it as a skirt which I covered the elastic part with a belt. My sister-in-law and I are the same height so it worked out! I hope that makes sense now?! Sorry for the confusion :)

    • Thank you for more infos. It’s all clear now:)

  4. LOVE! Where did you find the fabric? (Do you remember, I know you said it was a while ago.)

  5. It looks like the elastic is folded under in a couple of the pictures and hidden under a belt in another. In the photo with the white top the skirt is the same length as the dress because she is wearing it over a very pregnant belly, which takes up length!

  6. It looks like the elastic is folded under in a couple of the pictures and hidden under a belt in another. In the photo with the white top the skirt is the same length as the dress because she is wearing it over a very pregnant belly, which takes up length!

  7. It looks like the elastic is folded under in a couple of the pictures and hidden under a belt in another. In the photo with the white top the skirt is the same length as the dress because she is wearing it over a very pregnant belly, which takes up length!

  8. It looks like the elastic is folded under in a couple of the pictures and hidden under a belt in another. In the photo with the white top the skirt is the same length as the dress because she is wearing it over a very pregnant belly, which takes up length!

    • I tought that dress is the skirt. But she actually made one dress and one skirt. Right?

    • It is two different looks…one is a maxi dress and one is a maxi skirt from the same tutorial. But the skirt was made shorter after the maxi dress photos were taken, in order to make the maxi skirt photos. I flipped the elastic under when wearing it as a dress…then cut/hemmed it when wearing it as a skirt which I covered the elastic part with a belt. My sister-in-law and I are the same height so it worked out! I hope that makes sense now?! Sorry for the confusion :)

      And yes…it is the same dress and my belly takes up tons of fabric…so I would have made it a tad longer in hind sight.

  9. This looks great! I have an old dress to transform into a maxi skirt. I hope I can finish it soon and it look as lovely as yours :)

  10. What a gorgeous dress/skirt! I am in love with the fabric.

  11. Amazing!!!

  12. I wish we were friends and therefore, it would be acceptable for me to beg you to make me one!!!! This is so great! You’re my fav blog! LOVE.

  13. so flippin cute!

  14. Oh my gosh totally making this!!!!

    http://polkadotsandpencilskirts.blogspot.com/

  15. love the print of your skirt!)

    Natalia, http://my-crazy-idea.blogspot.com

  16. It’s fantastic! And this colours are amazing :) I would like have something like this skirt :)

  17. i totally love this dress! What an incredible print :)

  18. I just bought this amazing printed fabric for a skirt, but I kept thinking it would be perfect for a maxi dress. This tutorial came at the perfect time, thanks so much!!

    http://thelittletexan.blogspot.com/

  19. LOVE that fabric!!!
    XO Leah

    http://www.montanascitygirl.com/

  20. This is a gorgeous dress!! I have to try

  21. So wishing I had sewing skills…love the dress!

  22. I really love this but I’m scared to work with this kind of fabric. I just recently found out that this fabric may be the problem. So I might try something like this out if I have the right stuff.

  23. So perfect! I made a maxi skirt a while ago with a lining and everything, but mine was way more complicated and didn’t look right. I think I need to try again and use your instructions.Thanks-Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no

  24. This is so great! I love it belted on your little pregnant belly!! haha Adorable!

    http://www.highheelstosneakers.com

  25. This is a gorgeous skirt/dress, great tutorial, thank you!
    http://www.impromp-two.blogspot.com

  26. I love this! You look gorgeous! Love the colors too.

  27. Love it!

  28. Gorgeous!! I LOVE it and am so doing this one! I just barely started branching out and sewing with silk. i am in love with silk!!
    xoxo

    http://swensonlove.blogspot.com/2012/05/ten-minute-boxy-dress-tutorial.html

  29. Your blog is so inspiring! I just learned how to use a sewing machine for the first time last Friday and I can’t wait to learn new stuff. I’ll definitely be trying some of your tutorials. Thanks for sharing!
    Mandy
    Nestled in Nostalgia

  30. Nice outfit, i like it, you can find latest Fashion drees materials from G3 fashions surat.

  31. Hi!
    Your blog inspires me to start sewing. Today I made the maxi dress from your tutorial. To give it a bit more shape on top, I attached a balconette bra. It really looks nice 😀
    Xx

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  33. This dress is so beautiful! I would love to make it. I know it’s an older post and u said u had bought the fabric 2 year before u made it, but I was wondering if you had any idea on where u bought it or what the name of the fabric is! Thanks for your time!

  34. Very nice tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing it. Simple to make. Keep up the work and share when you can.

  35. Hey. Amazing dress.
    I want to sew it also with silk fabric for my baby belly for a wedding. How much fabric i need? My belly size is now 1.15 meter. And under my breast 0.95meter. But i dont wann to wear a tent. Please help me. Thanks.

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