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DIY Flowy Maxi Dress Tutorial

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Fabric: ITY Knit from Golden D’or Fabrics (purchased locally)
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131 thoughts on “DIY Flowy Maxi Dress Tutorial

  1. Your homemade table is bombdiggity!! I have been trying to design one myself with lots of material cubbies! 😁

    1. You’re welcome 😊

    2. Also your seam allowance ruler is awesome!! Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  2. I really want to have a go at this but bought wrong fabric by mistake – would this work with a viscose elastaine (it’s like a cotton jersey ‘t-shirt’) fabric?

    1. Possible – not sure without feeling the fabric. Try it and see.

  3. I want to let you know that I have been trying to make a dress in this style for a few months. I have watched video after video. Yours is the first one that made sense and I made a top and it worked. Thank you for your expertise!! Great instruction!

  4. Lovely dress. Thank you. I need to make this dress but in midi length so I can wear it on lovely summer days. When we are allowed out again that is. Xx

  5. YES, Girl! I’ve been looking for this pattern for months. Perfect tutorial! Thank you. Subscribed!

  6. That is so pretty, And the exact dress i have been wanting, thanku for sharing

  7. Nice work. I love it.

    1. Thanks!

  8. I’m sewing a beach cover up maxi with this and adding pockets. Great tutorial.

    1. I was just thinking about a beach coverup using this, but I saw somebody say “house dress” and I got sidetracked!πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ The pockets idea is everything! πŸ˜³πŸ˜†

  9. Thank you!

  10. That was beautiful! Did you use a zig zag stitch to connect?

    1. I don’t recall. But, for loose fitting knits, I typically just use a straight stitch. For close-fitting pieces across the body, I definitely use a stretch stitch.

  11. If I just cut it on the fold would it still have the same look???πŸ€”

    1. Try it and see

  12. Great tutorial. This is the only kind of dress I want to wear these days!

  13. Um …. nvm

  14. Why am I just seeing this?!! I love this dress and will definitely give it a try.

  15. Oh shoot. You lost me at grain line. Imma have to go buy a dress πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    1. LOL!

  16. Wow, thatΒ΄s so cool! Thanks a lot! πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

  17. Why every time I watch tutorials, they waist so much fabric or paper.

    1. @Style Sew Me πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ you made my day.

    2. Don’t watch. Too easy.

  18. Thank you for this awesome tutorial! can’t wait to try it. I just have i question. did you use the exact same technique for the dress in the first photo ? i’m asking because the first dress seemed more “wide” and that’s the result im looking for…

    1. Style Sew Me ok, thanks. I’ll try it ! Have a nice day 😊

    2. Yes I did.

  19. Good tutorial! I make my own patterns too. As a kid, we used newspaper to make patterns. LOL!

    1. I use newspapers nowadays to practice πŸ˜…

  20. This is awesome thanks

  21. NOOOOOOO!!! HOW DO YOU SEW THE NECKLINE AND ARMHOLES????!!!!!! I swear, every time I try to simply “fold, pin, and sew”, it looks like a hot trapezoidal mess . . .sew sad …T-T…

    1. You can stabilize the seam allowance with interfacing, draft your own facing, or use knit binding! There are multiple ways!

  22. The dress came out beautifully!!😍

    1. Thank you!

  23. Love this, thanks for your tutorial. X

  24. Could I cut this on the fold @style sew me

    1. If your fabric is wide enough, yes.

  25. I would just place the front piece on the fold of the fabric. That way there isn’t a seam in the front. If you have enough fabric you can do both and only need to sew the sides and straps. But nice tutorial.

    1. Exactly what I was thinking!

    2. I was thinking the same thing.

  26. that is beautiful…better then any store bought dress…..

  27. I like your tutorial. I also adore your hogwarts houses shirt.

    1. Thank you! It’s one of my fav t-shirts!

  28. Outstanding. Been trying to understand how to make a bodice pattern, this tutorial help, thank you for sharing. I’m making this dress and I’m making a bodice pattern as well. God bless you and keep creating and teaching.

    1. I’m glad it was helpful! I have another video on creating a knit bodice block on my channel, too.

  29. How would I add a lining for this dress? I bought sheer chiffon fabric

    1. I don’t have a video on this, but there are plenty of tutorials out there. It’s too involved to explain in a youtube comment.

  30. This seems easy enough, so I am definitely going to try to make one for the summer. I have 3 questions, and I hope I explain them correctly while making sense (They make sense in my head).
    1)Does the hem ultimately turn out to be even or uneven? It looks as though the angle between the bottom of the fabric and the edge that gets sewn to the other piece to create the back or front piece of the dress is not a right angle. If so, when you sew the pieces together and open them up, the bottom would be uneven. when you showed the back and front dress pieces, the bottom was a little off camera, so I couldn’t tell.
    2)I understand the math of your formula, but wouldn’t I need double that amount? If you are doubling up the fabric, then placing the pattern on top, then cutting out 2 pieces to sew together to create one side of the dress, wouldn’t I need another doubled-up piece of fabric? The only reason that I can think of for not needing double the fabric would be if I purchased fabric that was wide enough for me to double it lengthwise.
    3)How did you do them hem for the neck and armholes? Was the fabric stretchy enough to where you could just stretch it, fold and sew? Or did you use a facing or bias tape?
    I know it seems like I am making this more complicated than it has to be, but it is a really cute dress that I would love to be able to make…and make it right.

    1. Thanks for answering. Will definitely be giving this a try.

    2. Hi Erika, let’s see…

      1. I don’t follow this questions all the way, but I’ll give it a stab to try and help you! The side seams between the front and back matched. I didn’t have a problem with that piece. What I did realize after the dress “settled” after wearing it several times that the side seams hung lower than the center front. But, it wasn’t super noticeable.

      2. I folded the tank top so I folded my fabric the same way for consistency. So when I cut the front on folded fabric, I had to cut another piece for the back. I just scooted my fabric down and cut the other piece. So, yes, I cut 2 pieces.

      3. My fabric was super stretchy (ITY knit), so simply folding it was perfectly fine. And keep it mind, I keep my tutorials simple. You are always welcome to add your facing or bias tape as you see fit. Had my fabric not been as stretchy, I would have added a bias tape. I had originally planned on using a facing, but I didn’t like the way it came out with the ITY, so I went with the simple fold and sew.

      Hope that helps!

  31. Amazing! loved it! so helpful, mine turned out amazing! Thank you so much!

    1. Yay, glad to hear it!

  32. You’re so cute and pretty! Loving the Hogwarts t shirt!!! πŸ˜€ Great tutorial! Subscribed! xxxxx

    1. Ha! Thank you!

  33. I may be showing my age or my southern roots but this would be the perfect “house dress”. I would live in this. Thanks for the tutorial

    1. Loll that’s exactly why I looked up this tutorial.

    2. What is this magic you speak of?! I was just talking to my boyfriend about wanting to have an outfit for after work that is cozy but not pajamas. I have never heard of this “house dress.” I love it!

    3. Hahaha!!!🀣 I’m a GA girl, I feel you. Absolute comfort!!

    4. I definitely use it as a house dress! I’m Southern and know EXACTLY what you mean, lol! I just change my shoes and add a blazer to wear it out!

  34. Beautiful dress!
    You transfer on the papel the spaghetti portion of the blouse or prolonge then more wide?
    Excuse my english

    1. You can make the strap as wide or as narrow as you prefer.

  35. i love your videos but i have a question on this one pls please where did you get the fabric for this dress id love to make for my mum

    1. @Style Sew Me Hi. What kind of fabric did you use?

    2. Thanks! I got this fabric at a Golden D’or Fabrics in Dallas, TX.

  36. Beautiful! You made it look so easy!

    1. Thank you and it is!

  37. thanks for sharing

  38. Loved this tutorial. Have used it to help me make my first maxi dress. Thank you.

  39. I’m a new follower!! Love it!!

  40. Loved it! Going to be trying it soon. I also thought it was terribly funny that the shirt you’re wearing at the end of the video is the shirt I was wearing while watching lol

  41. nice tutorial i love it

  42. Can I just buy it from you?

    1. No, I do not sew for others.

  43. At the end you look so proud of your work. Iktr. lol. awesome and easy tutorial.

    1. Joann’s Fabrics.

    2. Where’d you get that kind of ruler, please?

  44. this was a great tutorial….loved it.

  45. Thankyou Erin

  46. cute dress.

  47. Thank you SO SO much for making these videos for us! I’ve been sewing for over 30 years now and love it, even making my friends wedding dress, but have never had the confidence to sew without a pattern. You make it look SO easy! And as the saying goes ‘when the pupil is ready, the Teacher appears’. So thanks for being such a great teacher! πŸ˜‰ And I loved your vid on how to say no when people ask you to sew for them. I mastered that art well. πŸ˜€ It’s my hobby, and I want it to stay as such. And as you rightly said, it truly is a compliment. Btw, YOU KNOW I had to subscribe to you sis. Thanks again. Big kiss coming all the way from London UK. 😘

  48. can you make this using African fabric?

    1. You may want to add darts around the armhole to make sure you don’t have bra peeking, but yes, you can. It’s easier with stretch fabric, though.

  49. Do the type of fabric matter?
    Which fabric would be best to use?
    Thank you.

    1. Style Sew Me thank you

    2. Use a lightweight fabric, stretch or non-stretch.

  50. One of the best tutorials I have found… thank you so much!

  51. I’m definitely gonna try this! thanks for this tutorial. i was looking for this kind of tutorial ever since! 😍😍😍

  52. Nice tutorial. Thanks! I dont understand those who dislike it either πŸ™‚
    Would you say this pattern works for us plus sized women too?

    1. I don’t see why not. Everyone loves a maxi dress! Try it out on practice fabric and see how you like it.

  53. Ur #Clutch!! πŸ™ŒπŸ‘πŸ’―
    I’m totally inspired and motivated by ur tutorials ❀❀ πŸ™β˜ Blessings to u!!

  54. I just LOVED your tutorial! I have made my own patterns from existing clothing, but your cutting and spreading the pattern you made from your tank top is brilliant!!! I love your method of teaching, and I just cannot wait to make my new pattern/maxi dress! Thanks again!

  55. Absolutely Beautiful. So how much fabric did you end up using for yours? xx

    1. Thank you. I don’t remember how much I used, but I cover how to calculate how much fabric you will need at the beginning of the video.

  56. thank you! Now, if I only could be a quarter as organized as you, I would be set!

  57. Thanks!

  58. OK so I’m a beginner and a visual learner I wish to make this dress but in size. How do I go about doing that? t.i.a

    1. You can make it in whatever size you life. Just use a tank top that fits you and follow the instructions.

  59. 3 questions i have please if anyone dont mind helping me. i was ok until the measuring on top. please explain as if im 2yrs old. 😜
    2). Can sleeves be added if so how???
    3) Where and what type of tracing paper is that???
    wheww sorry. im new at this but this dress is to die for.

    1. Hmmm, I’m not sure what this is referencing. It’d help if you can tell me what minute mark in the video you’re caught up on.

    2. Awww. Your so sweet! So you know when your began measuring on the pattern paper on the tank top . i think you said 3inches or something. I have to go back and look and come back to tell you it was before you did the 2inches measuring i assume for the bottom part of the dress. I hope that makes sense. Im not understanding why we need to do and if its really important to do u know?? Sorry im just really trying to learn so badly. Dont want to be a painπŸ’•

    3. Where did I lose you on measuring the top? I’ll try to clarify for you.

    4. Hi Sandra! Sure, you can add sleeves! To make is easiest on yourself, instead of using a tank top, use a tshirt with sleeves. Trace the body of the shirt like I did with the tank. And then trace one of the sleeves to make your sleeve pattern!

      I got the tracing paper from Amazon:

  60. I love this it’s so simple I just found your channel this is the first video iv seen of yours and I’m subscribing

  61. great video also what size is your cutting board haven’t been able to find one that big thanks alot

    1. Thanks! It’s custom 32×63 inches. I got it from

  62. Lindo

  63. Lol i love you!!!! Thanks for the tutorial 😊

  64. I am going to try this with chiffon fabric I have that I wasn’t sure what to do with it.

  65. Very nice video!

  66. So cute!

  67. Awesome!!!! I can not wait to try this!

  68. Are there any major alterations I should do if I want to use a chambray (non-stretch)? Maybe just more ease?

    1. You shouldn’t need to make any other alterations. My tank is actually non-stretch and I used a stretch fabric. The slash and spread gives you plenty of ease!

  69. Why would some dislike this tutorial??? This was very helpful. I love this tutorial. Good work

    1. Thank you! I don’t mind anyone disliking, but if they’re confused, just ask me and I’ll try to clarify! Closed mouths don’t get fed! πŸ™‚

    2. I did also, but I know how to sew. Erin is super cool with showing step by step in previous video which is great so you can get a visual. When she just explain with written instruction some people get lost, How don’t ask me. This is a very simple dress, but some people want you to come to there house and make it for them.

  70. Really like this dress. Great job!

  71. me encantΓ³!!!!!!!!

  72. great work thanks for sharing

  73. Someone can help me with me measure of the fabric?
    From my shoulder to t hem it will be 148cm ,how do I calculate how much fabrick I need
    I’m so confused

    1. Now everything makes sense! I was calculating wrong
      I will try to make it and then I’ll show u
      Thank u thank u so much.
      Love from Venezuela xoxo

    2. Hi, Ana. I’m sorry I work in inches and yards. Take your 148 cm and add seam allowance (1.5 inches – you will need to convert that to cm). Multiply that number times 2. Then divide by 36 inches (convert to cm). You can use an online calculator to convert everything to cm and follow along just fine.

  74. Amazing dress :O Like always, you did a great job πŸ˜‰

  75. Love the hogwarts shirt and I love your patterns

  76. Great tutorial!

  77. thanks

  78. 😘😍

  79. Waooo

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