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One of my resolutions this year was to try draping a garment (a la Project Runway) rather than using a commercial pattern. This is my first try with it and it seemed relatively simple so I thought I'd share a tutorial on it too :) The dress I made is a very basic Grecian-inspired, draped maxi using a super soft jersey material. The best thing about it is that you only have to sew 2 lines - one side seam and the hem.

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  • How to make a one shoulder dress. Easy, Draped Maxi Dress Diy Tutorial - Step 1
    Step 1

    1. On a dress form / model / yourself, center fabric against body vertically (the fold in the fabric from being on the bolt should line up against your side from underarms to ankles) and tie the ends once.

  • How to make a one shoulder dress. Easy, Draped Maxi Dress Diy Tutorial - Step 2
    Step 2

    Photo of tied ends

  • How to make a one shoulder dress. Easy, Draped Maxi Dress Diy Tutorial - Step 3
    Step 3

    Tie it one more time so you wind up with kind of a fancy looking danish

  • How to make a one shoulder dress. Easy, Draped Maxi Dress Diy Tutorial - Step 4
    Step 4

    Tuck the ends inside and pin. You'll hand tack these down when you're ready to sew.

  • How to make a one shoulder dress. Easy, Draped Maxi Dress Diy Tutorial - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pin right underneath your underarms and also at your ankles.

  • Step 6

    Carefully cut excess fabric from the bottom at the length you want it (maxi, below knee, at knee, etc.) but don't forget to leave a little excess for hemming.

  • Step 7

    Remove dress from dress form / model / self and sew down the side from where you pinned at the underarm and ankles. Hem your dress.

  • How to make a one shoulder dress. Easy, Draped Maxi Dress Diy Tutorial - Step 8
    Step 8

    Voila! You're finished! The great thing about jersey is that it will not fray so you can leave the ends unfinished if you prefer. Hence, I left the entire neckline with a raw edge. You'll most likely want to wear this dress with a belt of some sort either at your waist line or right underneath your bust.

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Yusra
Yusra · 4 projects
this is awesome! do you know exactly what jersey fabric you used? I'm looking online but there are a lot of different specific types and I don't want to get something that won't work as well. Thanks!
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Sew Petite Gal
Sew Petite Gal · 14 projects
Rosalie and Lacey - Thank you!! Happy
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Lacey C.
Lacey C. · Dayton, Ohio, US · 6 projects
So simple, but SO CUTE!! I love this project.
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Rosalie K.
Rosalie K. · Emporia, Kansas, US · 13 projects
Beautiful Happy
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Sew Petite Gal
Sew Petite Gal · 14 projects
Hi parasiteparadise! I had an excess of fabric from a big sale (5 yards) but think I used a total of 2 yards
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parasiteparadise
parasiteparadise · Neptune Beach, Florida, US · 1 project
This is the answer to my summer dress needs. Only one question, how much fabric did you start with?
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