+ DIY boxy dress with a pocket

I don’t know why, but I’m in love with boxy dresses these days. They are my weakness. They are comfy and pretty. Especially when I have knee high boots to marry the look with. Can’t wait to put some black stockings, floppy wool hat and a fur coat on top of this bad boy. I can have such a great 70s vibe. It was also surprisingly easy to make, once you have all the things carefully cut out to your size (it took me a few tries with the darn sleeves – my weakness), then the rest is straight forward. By the way…excuse the wrinkles, I was sitting in a car driving around my second to fall asleep so I could snap these photos…couldn’t stay presses forever right?
dress: self-made (tutorial below) shoes: thrifted (similar boots or here) necklace: jewelmint

2 yards of fabric – it can be flowy or a little stiff, either way works. Mine is a flowy cotton/ply blend.

1. Follow the instructions below on how to cut out your dress….I used a shirt that I liked the boxy fit of and traced it out onto fabric, then marked the length I liked. Then did the rest below.
2. Sew up the side seams and the shoulder seams. Open the neckline to how wide you like.

3. Sew the sleeves on by first centering the sleeve’s arch to the center of the shoulder seam, pinning right sides together. Then pin along the edge of the sleeve opening and sleeve’s curved side. This is where I usually measure the length of the sleeve, I pin where I need to sew it into a tube. Then attach it.
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4. Seam rip open the bottom 4 inches or so, then cut the bottom how you would like, I made the back an inch longer then the front.
5. Iron the bottom under a 1/4″, then an inch.
6. On the edges (where the side seams will be touching), flip the bottom the opposite direction, so the right sides are touching, then sew the width of the hem (1″). also serge the edges so they don’t fray.
7. Flip it right side out and you will see this clean line.
8. Topstitch the edge under at least 1/4″ on both sides, then square off the time.
9. Hem the bottom.
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10. Cuff the sleeves and tack here and there, iron.
11. hem the neckline, you will need to cut notches around the curves to make a cleaner neckline.
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Optional: Cut a pocket (mine was about 4″x4″) and iron 1/4″ all around. topstitch and serge the top edge. Pin it to your dress while you are trying it on, then topstitch around the pocket, leaving the top open.
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  1. This is awesome! I love flowy, bosy, t-shirt looking dresses. (And I love that olive/army colour!) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Phylensia says:

    Too Cute, love how you paired them with the boots.. Way cute. looks simple enough

  3. Strange isn’t it how something so shapeless can look so good?
    would look nice in a jacquard tweed or similar. Helene@revivalvintagex

  4. Veronika Sigrist says:

    I love this dress! Definitely going to make one of those. How long did it take?

  5. How cute are your boots!

  6. I Love big, baggy, and oversized tops. You look fab, Liz.

  7. Great dress. I have a similar pattern which I am now inspired to try.,

  8. i feel like youve always loved the boxy fit! i’ve been following for a while and i’ve noticed that 😉 haha but I think you rock it! I definitely want to give this a try! boxy dresses kinda scare me.


  9. i’m obsessed with this dress. i want to make it so badly. but i can’t sew so i might have to make my husband who can make it for me.. !

  10. Great tutorial! Your boxy dress looks wonderful. I’m inspired!

  11. Amelia A says:

    Love this .. I have some linen lying around for ages.. Wonder if it will work for this.. What do you think?

  12. Can this pattern be used for non-stretch cotton fabrics or would I have to then put in darts?

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