Striped Maxi Dress | DIY

I purchased this gorgeous fabric on sale a few months ago from Tessuti Fabrics. I always knew I wanted to make a maxi dress out of it and I have finally gotten around to doing it! I was inspired by this dress made by Donna from Sew Independent. She actually won a competition Tessuti Fabrics were running using this exact fabric!

For the top of the dress, I traced around an existing tank top, adding a 1.5cm seam allowance. Because this is a knit fabric, I topstitched around the neckline and added ribbon to the shoulder seams to stabilise the material (a few things I learnt from Tilly Walnes) I loved the low back on Donna's dress, so I did a similar thing to the back of mine. 

For the skirt section of the dress, I doubled the width of the top so I could gather the material. I also added pockets using this tutorial, however I moved my pockets further down the side of the skirt. 

I am really happy with how the dress has turned out. Recently I have noticed a big improvement with my sewing - I am much more patient and it is showing in the quality of my work!

Look out for a few more projects soon.



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