+ DIY peasant maxi wrap dress

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Another week and another project sewn challenge (vote if you want!)…this time…my favorite. Floral! Since I’ve been born, floral is my go to favorite pattern. When I stumbled across this minty pink fabric at the thrift store, I knew I had to make it into something very feminine. Therefore, a peasant maxi dress was made! With a few scraps left. And I’m in love with it. I made this dress from draping on my dressform with a little mixture of a tutorial I did a few weeks back tutorial here.

Supplies:
3-4 yards flowy fabric (polyester, cotton/poly, knit)
fitted shirt you can trace onto the fabric with
scissors
thread
measuring tape
sewing machine
pins
Instructions:
1. Take an fitted top and trace it to fabric  (with added seam allowance), but make sure to extend the width of the top 5+ inches (only need to trace till little below natural waist). Cut the collar front side to start at the neck to the side seam on other side. It will give you an extra inch to fold under the collar and iron. Gather the other front piece angled toward the point (noth just gathered at the bottom, it will be gathered mostly near the point near the opposite side seam). There may be extra on the bottom after you trim, you can cut that off later. Repeat with the other side.
2. Take the fitted top and lay down on fabric, then trace (with added seam allowance) and cut out. For a little more comfort, I made the bottom of the back top piece to have a few extra inches and instead of adding darts I gathered it.
*OPTIONAL: if you want to insert the little contrasting pieces in the back, then jump down to bottom picture…
3. Sew the front pieces to the back pieces RST.
4. Sew in the collar in the back with help from this tutorial (here), but just make a collar for the back collar, then connect the 1″ front collar (that is folded under) and connect it with the back piece after you sew it to the back collar.
5. Make the sleeves by tracing it from the shirt you are using, but make it much much wider, and taper outwards. The top of the sleeve can be basically the same size as a normal sleeve, but make it an extra 5 to 7 inches wider at the bottom. I made mine 3/4 sleeve you can do longer or something else. Sew the sleeve together into a tube RST and fold the bottom a half inch up, leaving a hole and enough room to slip in some elastic. Sew the elastic ends together and scrunchy sleeves!
6. Sew the sleeves into the top, pinning the sleeves into the arm holes of the top RST.
7. To make the bottom sew your remaining fabric together to be the length you want and at least 1.5x to 2X your width, the more width it has the more gathered it will look. Sew up the side edges 1″ and the bottom 1/2″. Gather it to be the same width as your wrap top when opened completely.
8. Sew the top half together and the skirt together, RST.
9. Add buttons/button holes where the wrap edges meet. (or you can do it this way)

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*optional: After cutting out the back piece to the top, cut out an inch or inch and a half from the sides, then take those pieces and cut use them to trace and cut out from a contrasting fabric. But make sure to add extra seam allowance since you will have to sew them back on to the top. Sew the piece RST to the back piece on the sides. Iron.

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Comments

  1. You dress is so beautiful, your look is amazing!!!

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  2. Love it!!

  3. Justyna says:

    OMG, that dress is beautifull :)

  4. Your dress looks really nice!

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  5. I’m so happy you have a tutorial for this up because I’m mad about it! I voted for you as well. :-) Thanks!

  6. Beautiful dress! It makes me think of Jane Austen :)

  7. Great maxi dress! Very cool!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

  8. That first picture, you look so much like your mom! Cute dress, Liz!

  9. Look great … WoW !!

  10. You look AMAZING!

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    Giveaway on my blog

  11. Roxanne says:

    There isn’t anything you don’t look great in. Jeepers Creepers!

  12. I love it! It looks so feminine and 70’s even, a la the Virgin Suicides. You are so talented.

  13. It’s beautiful! So feminine and pretty!

  14. I really like the dress …it looks simple and feminine and beautiful at the same time. It feels like a dress one could wear anyway. Good Job!!!1

  15. Oh Liz, i wish there would be more hours in the day for you to do us (me – lol) a step by step picture tutorial..i so dont get how to complete the projects, i suck!

  16. I really don’t like the direction, the current poll is going in…
    In my opinion yours is the best entry by far. I liked groovy baby and mama’s entry too, but most of the others are neither flattering nor imaginative. And boy those colors are not my taste…

    I’d be really sad to see you leave this competition and would hope, that you upload and share your other creations even if you had to leave.

    I like the design competition idea, but sewing commercial patterns in theme corresponding fabrics is not my idea of designing. I love that you come up with your own patterns (and share the how to!)…
    So please keep going.
    I’ll stop moaning about the almost inevitable now.
    But I still feel it’s unfair.
    Love,
    Marie

  17. That dress looks crazy comfy!!! I wish I had a sewing machine – it would be nice to be able to make some of my own clothes instead of dumping money into stuff I’ll never wear again after this baby finally pops out (9 months pregnant, here…)!

  18. Such a gorgeous dress! I thought it was the best entry and I voted for you. Thanks for the tutorial!

  19. This is a fantastic tutorial. I think maybe it’s time to start thinking about sewing again.

  20. Pretty dress! And I was wondering where you got your initial necklace? I love it!

  21. Beautiful dress! I’d also like to know where the initial necklaces are from? Thanks!

  22. You are so channeling Roxanne here! I love everything!

  23. Such a lovely collection. I am damm sure womens will love your collection of dresses products. They are looking decent and gorgeous I will make sure to calculate them for my new products once I’m updating with my current store. So that I can earn more business with the help of these dresses.

  24. Sara Balanis says:

    You did not specify that the RIGHT SIDE of the fabric should be what the top is traced on. I now have two pieces that I have to waste. Please rewrite your instructions. They are VERY confusing!

  25. I have been considering making a romper with an old maxi skirt and tee I have collecting dust in my closet but I might just buy a half yard and use this top of this dress with out the sleeves. Would love to see a romper\jumpsuit pattern on here. Great job as always

  26. I am trying to make this maxi dress and it is just not working. The gathered top is not fitting like it should be :/

  27. Hi,

    First i Would like to Say that I Love your dresses.

    I asked myself how Do you extend the width of your tee for the peasant Maxi dress.
    Do you trace First the fitted shirt on the fabric and then extend it to both sides beginning on the Armhole or do you cut the shirt in the middle and add then the 5 Inches to each middle Portion?Maybe you have more pictures? I Would be very thankfull.

  28. J’adore expédition rapide ça Merci !

  29. great seller, super item, MOM loved it!!!

  30. Very fast shipping

  31. A++++ Thank you

  32. Love it ! !

  33. I’m pretty happy with this. it was surprisingly cheap. it doesn’t suck. the stand it comes with isn’t terrible either. bang for the buck on this one. though i haven’t tried chopping anything in half with it yet.

  34. This item really lives up to it’s video hype. It has so far, cut everything I have swung it at with little to no problem. I would definitely recommend this Battle ready Katana to anyone who needs a Zombie Apocalypse weapon!

  35. Even though the black paint isn’t the way it looks in the picture it’s still the durable, sharp, heavy, blade I was hoping it would be 😀

  36. Excellent training value for your $$. I own several of these. They are basically unbreakable, unlike oak or kamagong wood bokken, of which I have broken many. These polypro bokken are not as rigid as wood, so be aware of that. Also you’ll want to put tape on the grip area, the polypro gets slippery when you’re training and your hands are sweaty.

  37. Looks great, good balance, razor sharp blade

  38. Top quality .. Beautifully done .. Buying another as a gift

  39. For the price you can’t complain, it seems to be well-rounded. If you want something that does more than this, then you’re looking at spending considerably more money.

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