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DIY SMOCKED TIERED MAXI DRESS from scratch – Me-made Summer Challenge 2020 – Ep 1

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Hi guys,

My first DIY for the “Me-made Summer Challenge” is this Smocked tiered maxi dress. It’s such a beautiful dress and perfect for a summer wondering around.

To make this dress, you can check out my basic information below:
– Sewing machine: Merrit Joyful Sewing
– Material: 3m of loose linen with floral printing
– My body size: 82-64-92 (I usually wear Small size)
– My high: 165cm

This dress can fit your body easily by the shirring at the top. So you don’t need to worry about the measurements. And the shirring is not as difficult as you think. Just follow to my instructions, I promise you can do it and it’ll turn out great.

I create this challenge to spread my love at sewing to everyone and bring the fresh feeling to our summer in this special year. So I hope you love this idea and join me in this challenge.

How to join:
1- Make a DIY
2- Take a photo with it
3- Post it on your Instagram
4- Tag me @jessdangvn in your post
5- Put the hashtag #memadesummerchallenge #diywithjess

The timing for this challenge is from 24th June to 31th July 2020

I’ll have a very special gift to send to the top 3 DIYs in the end of this challenge. So let’s get started!

If you want to connect with me beside YouTube, you can follow me here:
– Instagram: jessdangvn
– Pinterest: JessdangDIY

For business, please send to my email:

Have a lovely day!



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195 thoughts on “DIY SMOCKED TIERED MAXI DRESS from scratch – Me-made Summer Challenge 2020 – Ep 1

  1. Drawing and cutting directly on the fabric is giving me anxiety 😂
    Awesome tutorial
    Great skills

    1. Thank you 🙂

  2. Amazing

    1. Thanks

  3. Im going to try to refashion a long maxi skirt into this dress with this tutorial, wish me luck. It looks so beautiful and you made it look so easy.

    1. You can do it!

  4. So cute

    1. @Jess Dang welcome

  5. Lovely

    1. Thanks!

  6. Hi Jess! I’m just starting this project! I just wanted to confirm how you got the “width of breast” measurement? Do you measure the entire width of your chest?

    1. @Jess Dang That makes more sense now, thank you!

    2. The way I measured :the width of the the breast” by measure from upper the breast to under the breast

  7. I love the way you explain and show things, it makes it so easy to follow❤️

    1. Thank you so much!

  8. The fabric is stunning!

    1. @Jess Dang Yes that’s true!

    2. Yeah, and the color and detail are so beautiful too 🙂

  9. Hi Jess! I have a question, when cutting the tires, does the fabric need to be folded? Bye

    1. No need to fold the fabric when cutting the tires. Just make sure the width of each tire in the end will be enough

  10. its absolutely beautiful

    1. Thank you so much

  11. Some feedback from me, who has actually made this:

    – First of all, Jess, thank you so much. This was my first maxi dress and first time smocking/shirring and I’m so pleased with the result! I am about 184 cm tall and made it floor length, but 3M of fabric was still enough. I used a lightweight cotton instead of linen bc linen was too expensive, and it still turned out great. The shirring part was indeed not that hard but defo time consuming. It took me two rolls of elastic thread so make sure you have enough. I thought drawing the lines first was too much work haha, so I just used my presser foot to see more or less how much space I should leave between each line and the line before it. Worked totally fine, and the shirring is very forgiving, you won’t see little mistakes. For the straps: really see where you want them when you try the dress on, I put my back straps way to far to the side bc I didn’t. Pattern overall worked great and the shoulder straps (which I thought were quite long) worked perfect. Make sure to cut all your pattern pieces on the fold like Jenn does. Good luck and thanks again!

    1. Wow, thank you for a very detail feedback. It would help others a lot

    2. O yeah and make sure to try the shirring on a scrap piece first! 🙂

  12. You r looking very gorgeous .
    This is so beautiful pattern.
    Thank you

    1. Thanks a lot 😊

  13. I love it, i think this drees it is so beautiful 😍

    1. Thank you! 😊

  14. You are a freaking angel. I’m just starting to get into sewing and your tutorials are absolutely perfect and the clothes so cute 🤗 thank you!!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  15. Thank you jess! What fabric scissors do you use!

    1. @Jess Dang wow really? They are so sharp i always thought they were really good fabric scissors!

    2. I used a normal scissors

  16. Love your videos!! Thank you for explaining everything so well that even a beginner like me can do your projects 😀

    1. You are so welcome!

  17. Great tutorial and beautiful dress!

  18. This is beautiful !
    But please help me I have a question : I did the shirring but it barely shir. I have tried to change de lenght, the tension of the thread etc… but it doesn’t shir a lot so it is way too big for me even though I have made the measurements by following exactly what you say… I don’t know what to do.
    (I hope you understood I am not english and I don’t know all the “technical” words)

    1. I think you didn’t put the elastic thread right to the position. Check again on my video where I show the way I did it. I got the same problem like you when I first started shirring

  19. How are you tall?

    1. I’m 165cm

  20. Hi! This dress is so beautiful! How much fabric did you use?

    1. I used around 3m of fabric

  21. Absolutely beautiful❤️

  22. Jess thanx a million

  23. Thank you. Brilliantly simple instructions. Lovely dress!

  24. 👍👏🇨🇵💋

  25. Jess, your instructions are so simple and easy to understand! You have definitely given me the confidence to make this dress – thank you xx

  26. Hi Jess, greetings from Argentina! I love the dress but i¨m quite confused with the calculation of the width to the top, do i have to find my bust size divide it on two and then multiplie it for 1.5? Thanks

    1. @Jess Dang Thanks! Keep making this videos because they are the very best!

    2. You don’t really need to do it. You just need to make sure the total width of the top must be 1.5 times bigger than your bust size. The main thing is that you could wear it and it fit your body after the shirring

  27. Mana, amo seu trabalho. Te acho incrível

  28. Hey Jess, awesome work as usual! Is it possible to make the top without the elastic thread?do you have any suggestions please? On another way to make top?
    Thank you a looot, I’m definitely going to make this one and show you 😁

    1. Yes, you can make the top without the thread. But you will need to install the zipper and do more measurement for the top if you want it to fit your body. If you don’t mind a bit loose at the top, you just need to do a little measurement for the bust

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  30. Beautiful, I was going to haberdashery store to look for maxi dress patterns, thank you, regards from South Africa

  31. This inspired me

    1. Thank you. So let’s make a DIY

  32. Nice dress

    1. Thank you

  33. Thanks for uploading such a helpful video
    Love from India 💝

    1. My pleasure 😊

  34. I hope one day u will start your own clothing line💜💜

    1. Thank you. I’ll let you know when it comes 🙂

  35. Jess i‘ve been following your channel for a long time (since you had about 20k subs) and it was so exciting to see it grow. I love your DIYs and how simple and clear your instructions are. You are a true inspiration! Keep up the good work 🌸🌸🌸

  36. Muy lindo😍

  37. love it,thank you!

  38. You’re so beautiful and the dress turnerd out so beautiful!!

    1. @Jess Dang you’re welcome! ❤️

  39. I love this because it works for everyone. Good job

    1. Yes, it works for everyone. Thank you 🙂

  40. This has really inspired me to make dresses again. Such beautiful print and simple steps to follow for the novice. Thank you!

  41. I’ve just discovered your channel and I am so in love with it 😍😍all the clothes you make are stunning! I’m gonna try your diy, I hope it goes well🤞🏻🤞🏻

    1. Yay! Thank you!

  42. Me encantoooooooooo

  43. Gracias por tu trabajo! A pesar del idioma se entiende perfectamente. Un saludo desde España

  44. You did such a good job.

    1. Thanks a lot!

  45. Love from India

  46. I love you so much!!

  47. Hi)

    1. @Jess Dang How are you? can i meet you? )

    2. Hello 🙂

  48. All of your projects are amazing! Thank you! I am so inspired, and I’m gonna try several of your projects. I can’t thank you enough for these informative and clear videos!!

    1. You are so welcome! And join me in the Me-made summer challenge 🙂

  49. Wow!!! Lovely dress 👗! Will try and sew one too! By the way i made the face masks with your guidance on your face mask vlog and it came out beautiful! Many thanks ♥.

    1. @Jess Dang will do! ❤

    2. My pleasure 😊 And when you make your dress, don’t forget to take a photo and join me in my Me-made summer challenge 🙂

  50. Perfect for summer! I need more free time to sew😅

    1. Yeahhh

  51. what fabric store do you get your fabric from

    1. I bought it at the local market in my city. So they don’t have the link to buy online 🙁

  52. I like it , Can you teach how to make a skirt or dress with many layers? When wearing it is very striking in the summer in my country ☺️ Thanks

    1. Great suggestion! I’ll try it out soon

  53. I really love this oneee! So nice

    1. Thank you! Me too

  54. This is so beautiful! I will definitely try making this dress. Just hoping to find as pretty fabric as you did!

  55. Absolutely gorgeous dress, a great tutorial.

    1. Thanks so much 😊

  56. perfect again!

    1. Jess Dang 💞💕💞💕

  57. I love it! 💖 It looks stunning! I have a couple of meters of a fabric I’ve been saving for a special design, and seems this is the dress I want to make with that fabric! Thank you for sharing this tutorial! Stay safe 💕✨

    1. Sounds great!

  58. Hermosa

  59. SO cute!!

  60. This dress looks absolutely fabulous 😍😍😍

  61. I love it you are so talented! 👏🏼❤ Once is the tiny elastic called? I’m trying to find it online but I’m not sure what the thickness is. Thank you!

    1. Thank you. It’s called elastic thread

  62. Your so talented, I just stumbled across one of your videos now I’m binging!

  63. You are magic!! ✨✨

    1. Oh, that’s so sweet of you. Thank you

  64. Who else thinks the fabric is soo stunningly appealing🌹🌺

    1. Meeee

  65. Amazing💗

    1. Thanks 😄

  66. Simple yet adorable! I love how the dress turns out and the prints of the fabric give a summer vibes. Always in love with your DIY projects. Keep inspiring through your creation, Jess!

  67. I really love it. I wish i had enough fabric to make it. 😢

    1. Thank you. Hope you’ll get enough fabric to make it soon

  68. I had a similar dress back in the 70’s. I loved it! Oh yes, I’m going to use this tutorial to make me one for this summer. Thank you so much!

    1. Wonderful!

  69. Hermoso!

  70. your diys are always just so cute i love them 💕 you’re just the cutest

  71. Can the shirring elastic be in any colour? I can only find black, red, or blue 🙁

    1. @Jess Dang Thank you!!

    2. I just saw it in a few colors like black and white. But black and white is good for me already 🙂

  72. Pretty dress!! ❤️❤️ every creation of yours always look so fab, yet how it was created was the easiest way possible!

  73. I know how to sew and I have a great sewing machine I already did a few garments but ” I DON’T KNOW HOW TO CUT THE FABRICS. Can you please show me how ? By the way you have a good taste for choosing your projects and the way you present it, I love your channel.!!!!

  74. Love this tutorial!!! will definitely be giving this one a try!!

  75. Love it! Absolutely stunning💫

  76. So beautiful! You make it look so simple….

  77. I was about to try and make this exact kind of dress! Perfect timing

    1. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to take a photo with your dress to join my “Me-made Summer Challenge”

  78. Thank you for making this video Jess! I love how this dress turned out 😍❤️ your instructions are straightforward and easy to follow 🥰

  79. I love this dress so much!! You’ve done a stellar job again, well done!! 🥰🥰


    1. Thank you!!

  81. Great DIY!

  82. Hi.Im new in sewing.Can you please show to your next video on how to get the measurement?i just love your tutorials 😉

    1. I’ve tried to put the explanation in the steps I did my measurement. So you can understand and adjust it to your body

  83. How lovely you are ❤️

    1. 😊 thank you

  84. Such a beautiful dress 😍. Just can’t decide which top I would like with that lovely bottom, the one you made, or different one. A shirt-like button-up look maybe 🤔 or a wrapped one? Beautiful fabric, can’t believe it is not cotton but linen, what a catch 🤩!

  85. Beautiful👍

    1. Thank you 😊

  86. I would totally buy this dress!! omg love it so much :’)

    1. Yay, thank you!

  87. also drop the link of the fabric in description…your fabrics are always osm just like your diy❤

    1. Too bad that I bought the fabrics at the local market in my city. So I can’t share the link

  88. Thank you sooo much….. Ur videos r very interested n useful too..

    1. @Jess Dang love you ma’am

  89. Let me understand well. Let’s say my bust is 47 inches. I do 47×2 or 47×2= 94+23.5?

    1. Thanks. Now I understand. I usually double the about I get. Thanks à lot. I will try but I wont share because I dont have Instagram

    2. If your bust is 47 inches -> The width of the top will be 23.5 x 1.5 = 35.25 -> Total will be 70.5 inches for the whole width of the fabric. Because I fold the fabric in half.

  90. Thank you so much for this video and all your DIY videos, your designs are amazing and your instructions so clear, it make it so easy! Can’t wait for your next tutorials! 💕😃

  91. Thank you for your amazing tutorial❤

    1. You’re welcome 😊

  92. You make every step look so simple, I can wait to try to do it ❤️

    1. Please do! And join my “Me-made summer challenge” too

  93. why would you dislike this?….just why? really, i’m trying to understand. People

    1. Probably someone that doesn’t like to sew,I’m guessing

    2. envy

  94. Beautiful😍

  95. So much talent!!!!!

    1. Thanks a lot

  96. Cute

  97. This is lovely😍😍

  98. *super nice!*

  99. Jess.. can we use chiffon fabric for this dress? Will it be possible to sheer it properly?

    1. Yes, you can use chiffon fabric. But I think you might need to have a lining inside as chiffon is quite thin and see through

  100. The shirring part scares me but I want to try it again…😊

    1. @Jess Dang maybe on a small scale first…👍

    2. Yeah, let’s try it. And shirring is not that difficult 🙂

  101. Thank you very much ♥️🥰♥️🥰♥️

    1. You’re welcome 😊

  102. Beautiful dress Jess! ❤️❤️

  103. Really pretty. 💜 I like everything about it. 🌷 You are an expert at this. 😊 Have a happy day!

    1. Thank you so much 😊

  104. Muito lindo 😍. Você é pura inspiração!!

  105. Achei lindo vestido queria que fosse traduzido em portugues

  106. Love your channel! Thank you for an amazing tutorial ❤️

  107. Absolutely love this design. Your videos make everything so much easier. Thank you so much Jess❤️

    1. Absolutely yes 👌🏽

  108. Precioso ❤

  109. C có thể thêm sub tiếng việt được không ạ =(((

    1. Chị sẽ cố gắng em ah 🙂

  110. It looks very good ! I was following your last tutorial (i sew the top hem) but this one looks very good so i may try to make a mix of those two amazing tutorials( or make two dresses!)

    P-S: thank you very much for your videos, that’s the third of your tutorials that i follow(i already did the overall dress and the puffed-sleeves one), i just started sewing and your videos inspire me so much! Thanks to you i’ll have a wonderful me-made wardrobe this summer 💖☀️

  111. Every time I watch one of your videos it makes me want to try it ASAP! 😀

    1. So why not try it out 🙂

  112. absolutely beautiful!!! I NEEED this fabric 😪 jess, you’re the best! ❤

    1. @Jess Dang b6h

  113. Wow

  114. Wow that dress is AMAZING!!!!! I love your channel!!

  115. omg you’re my inspired❤

    1. My pleasure 🙂

  116. This dress is sooooo pretty

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