This dress is perfect for when you want to be comfy, yet fashionable. Perfect for those Summer outings like outdoor festivals or taking your kids to the playground. It is very versatile and the possibilities of customization are endless!
you’ll need at least 54″ – 60″ wide jersey knit that is at least as long as you from head to toe (this will include seam allowance, hemming, and heels!) *If you don’t have fabric wide enough you will need at least twice the measurement of your height from head to to toe.
1. Lay your fabric down open and flat. Put a knit shirt that fits a little loose at the top of the fabric (make sure stretch runs right to left) – centered between the width you want your skirt’s bottom (you can lay a maxi skirt on the bottom as well if you have one). So, I want my skirt’s bottom width to be 56″ wide, so I made the shirt centered at 28″ at the top between the two 56″ markings. Make sure the stretch is from right to left or selvedge to selvedge.
2. Cut out the fabric on one side mimicking the shirt’s neckline (the higher backside neckline), sleeves, armpit and chest area. Once you cut to the chest area, start to taper out to the 56″ marking. Like the picture shows below.
3. Fold the piece in half, putting the cut half onto the noncut side, and cut the other side to be like the side you just cut – to make the piece perfectly even.
4. Cut another piece out with the first piece.
5. Pin the two pieces right sides together aka the front sides touching on inside so the inside of skirt will be exposed.
6. Sew up the sides and shoulders/sleeves. Try the dress on and make any more adjustments if needed. I took the armpits in just a little more. Make sure to cut the extra armpit area close or it will bunch up weird.
7. Cut open a bigger neckline, hem the neckline under a half inch. You can iron and pin first if you need.
8. Hem the sleeves under a half inch. You can iron and pin first if you need.
9. Find where you want the bottom hem, I made mine a little longer because I want to wear heels. Hem it at least an inch. You can iron and pin first if you need.
10. Iron all the seams and hems to make it look finished.