The "Mom Maxi" Tutorial
A few days ago I posted the "Mom Maxi." It was a dress I made for Mother's Day for my mom. You can find it here.
Just so everyone knows, this dress only takes about an hour and a half to make. And it's SO easy.
Anyway, you'll need around 2-3 yards of material, a t-shirt or tank top, and elastic thread.
Next, take your shirt and mark where you want the skirt to start. Make sure to take into account a bit of a seam. Then cut it, making sure to be careful.
Hand wrap your bobbin with elastic thread. Using a long stitch, sew around what will become the top of the skirt.
It should look somewhat like this. Using an iron and sort of steaming around the elastic thread will cause it to bunch up a bit more.
When you're done it should look like this
Since mine was obviously way too long, I had to hem it a lot. Fold it up a certain length and iron it. I folded mine up one inch because I needed it to be a lot shorter.
Decide how much shorter it needs to be and divide that number by three. If it's reasonable (less than an inch), continue the steps below. If it's more than that, fold it up a lot, iron it and sew it keep close to the edge of the skirt. Cut off the excess material at the top and continue the steps below.
Sew a stitch (with regular thread as the bobbin) that goes around. I recommend staying closer to the edge of the fabric rather than the bottom of the skirt.
Fold it up two more times and sew again. Make sure to iron it too to create a nice hem.
And so this is where the sash comes in. Cut a long strip of fabric about 6-7 inches wide depending on how wide you want your sash. I had to sew a few strips together to get a long enough sash. I personally recommend going long. A nice big bow looks beautiful right on your butt.
Flip it inside out and iron it nice and flat.
Rusty water from the iron somehow spilled on my sash and I almost had a spaz attack.
The ends of the sash can either be just folded in and sewn or cut at an angle and sewn.
For the angle cut, obviously cut it at an angle.
Cut about a half inch into the seam and then the same amount at the crease in the bottom.
Fold them in and iron.
Sew it up and wallah! Repeat on the other side with the angle facing in the same direction.
Warning: The following contains posts of me after hauling heavy things around outside all day and unintentionally bathing in the hose.
There were so many ants in the flowers in wasn't even funny. I got about five on my hand. Yuck.