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Make your own maxi dress pattern
If you can sew a t-shirt, you can sew a maxi dress. Take any t-shirt pattern and follow these simple instructions to make a great maxi dress.

Posted by Erin Weisbart from Vashon, Washington, United States • Published See Erin Weisbart's 8 projects »
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  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. How To Turn A T Shirt Pattern Into A Maxi Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    Use your tape measure to determine the length you want to add to your shirt (the length from the shirt hem to your ankles or the floor). Draw a horizontal line on your fabric that is half the width of the fabric (30" for 60" wide fabric). This is your new hem line. Place the t-shirt pattern on your fabric, centered horizontally on the line you just drew, so that the bottom of the shirt front pattern is hem-to-ankle (or floor) distance away from the line.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. How To Turn A T Shirt Pattern Into A Maxi Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    Draw a straight line from the bottom side of the shirt pattern to the horizontal line on each side. Repeat the same process for the t-shirt back.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. How To Turn A T Shirt Pattern Into A Maxi Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew the dress together, following the instructions for sewing together the t-shirt.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. How To Turn A T Shirt Pattern Into A Maxi Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    If you would like to give your dress waist definition, put the dress on inside out. Tie a length of elastic around your waist where you would like for the dress to draw in and mark that line on the dress. Take your elastic and sew it to the inside of the dress using a zig-zag stitch and stretching the elastic gently as you sew.

  • How to sew a t-shirt dress. How To Turn A T Shirt Pattern Into A Maxi Dress - Step 5
    Step 5

    Make sure that you sew the elastic using a thread that matches because the seam will be visible on the right side of the dress.

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