Tutorial: How to Sew Jersey as a Maxi Dress

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Jersey as a Maxi Dress

There’s nothing better in the summertime than a maxi dress with pockets! I absolutely love the Women’s Jersey pattern and just couldn’t resist sewing it up as maxi dress! It was a very simple process and I will show you the three simple steps in this blog.

1. Determine the Length

Jersey is designed to sit at the natural waist. So, to get the measurement for the maxi skirt, place a tape measure at your natural waist and measure the distance from your natural waist to the floor.

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You can see based on the picture, my measurement is 44”. (Note: I like my maxi slightly off the floor, so using my exact waist to floor measurement is perfect for me once it’s hemmed. If you prefer it to sweep the floor, make sure you add in a hem allowance. The skirt will loose a 1/2” at the hem and 3/4” at the top seam allowance when it is attached to the bodice. Take this into account when determining the length.

2. Cut the Skirt

Fold the skirt fabric in half and align the pattern piece on the fold. Place the tape measure at the edge of the waist. Following the curve of the pattern piece, extend the tape measure the same length determined in step 1. I found it to helpful to also mark the bottom with a ruler.

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3. Repeat the step above, resulting in two maxi length skirt pieces.

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That’s it! Just follow the rest of the Jersey pattern instructions for constructing and attaching the skirt! Don’t forget to add pockets!

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Fabric: Savana from The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe.

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