Today we are lucky enough to some how have scored Kirsten, from KOJO Designs (our partners in crime) amazing Maxi dress tutorial! I mean seriously? How awesome is she to share this amazing tutorial over here, I am not going to lie I kinda save the best ones for SINML ha! Just goes to show what an amazing person she is! You are going to LOVE this tutorial! I may or may not have immediately walked out the door and bought fabric the second I read over it ha! Make sure to hop on over to see what fantastic tutorial they have in store for you at KOJO Design’s, if this is any indication it is going to be rockin!
Hey No Man’s Land friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs over at kojodesigns. We are over the moon to be here today, cohostessing Sewing for ME! with Kelly and Elizabeth. We love these girls (we’re just getting to know Elizabeth, but if she’s best friends with Kelly she must be great!), are inspired by all of their grown-up sewing projects, and are hoping a little of their talent rubs off on us.
And we’re so excited to be sharing a Sewing for ME tutorial with y’all!
When we saw this dress at Anthropologie, it was love on many levels. First, it’s just pretty, isn’t it? And second, it fit all of the middleeast-dress-requirements for Jordan. One of the trickiest things for her is finding flow-y dresses that cover her elbows, ankles and collar bone (they live in a smaller, more conservative town where these things are all cultural norms). Anyhow, of course, we decided to make our own version!
To assemble the skirt:
Cut three rectangles of fabric- rectangle 1: 62″ wide x 28″ tall, rectangles 2 and 3: 64″ x 18″. Sew basting stitches along the top edge of each rectangle.
Sew into a tube, stitching along 28″ edge. Make sure you don’t sew over your basting stitch at the top of your tube. This is Tube 1. Sew Rectangles 2 and 3 together along two of the 18″ edges. This will become one lo-ong rectangle (128″ x 18″). Sew into a tube. Make sure all of your sewing is with the right sides facing each other so that the seams are both on the same side. This is now Tube 2.
Gather Tube 1 (made from Rectangle1) down to appoximately your waist measurement. You’ll be adding elastic at the waist, that’s why it’s just approximate. Gather Tube 2 (made from Rectangle 2) down to 62″ total (since it’s a tube, it’ll be 31″ doubled over) inches (to match the bottom of Tube 1).
If your fabric has a ‘right side’ (mine doesn’t), turn the Tube 2 inside out and slide on the outside of Tube 1 and pin in place. Then sew together.
Finish off the bottom hem. To do so, iron and pin the bottom edge in place, then sew. You could also finish the edge with a serger then sew in place.
Add a casing along the top edge (just fold or iron the top edge down and sew in place). Leave space to thread elastic through. The elastic should match the waist measurement. Thread the elastic through the casing, sew the elastic to itself (make sure the elastic is flat, not flipped or wonky anywhere). Then sew the opening shut.
To assemble the top:
Follow this blouse tutorial at Things of Cloth. A few things to modify (if you want yours to match mine).
First, the measurement from the shoulder to the waist should be a measurement from the shoulder to the natural waist PLUS one inch.
Second, to make the sleeves longer and more flow-y, my sleeve rectangle was 55 cm tall by 40 cm wide total (folded in half, 55cm x 20cm).
I followed the rest of the directions exactly.
Once both pieces are assembled:
Slide the top, right side in into the flipped inside out (and upside down) skirt. Continue sliding down until the bottom edge of the top matches up to the elastic top of the skirt. Pin the two together, ensuring that the side seams match. Sew in place (use an overcasting stitch if you have an overcasting foot).
Sew on the inside of the elastic so it won’t be visible from the outside, but will draw the waist in.
Turn right side in, pair with a stretchy belt and you’re DONE. Gorgeous and flow-y and oasis-y (whether you live in Denver or the Middleeast).
Thanks for having us Kelly and Elizabeth! We’re loving the Sewing for ME! goodness- can’t wait to see what the next few weeks hold!
Thank you Kirsten!! Can you believe what a sport she is out in the snow! Makes for one amazing shot though right? Now skiddadle on over to KOJO Design‘s and see another fabulous tutorial!