I have a new love: Maxi dresses. If the weather were finally warmer (it's MAY already!!!) I would want one to wear every single day. Plus, I'm thinking why would I need to get out my old maternity clothes, when I have these to wear?
I found the one above at Target. It was around $25 I think. Not too bad actually. But I kept seeing ideas on Pinterest and wanted to try to make one myself. The tutorials looked easy enough. And since my mom said she had an extra Saturday afternoon handy, I thought we should go for it!
After a morning shopping at JoAnns, I wasn't too happy with the jersey fabrics that I found. Of course, it doesn't have to be jersey, I just wanted that. Plus, I didn't want to pay their prices. So we took a little drive to Target and decided to pick up a jersey twin sheet set.
Not too bad. Under $20, plus the flat sheet was enough material to make two and (BONUS) I didn't have to sew the hem! Plus, now I have a pillow case, that I could use for a dress for Avery, and an extra fitted sheet I can always use for little boys beds, or I could cut and make into 2 more dresses.
I had some extra tees around that I liked, but were too short, so the only other cost was the elastic thread, which was under $2.
We used this tutorial. I totally recommend it, make sure you read all the updates at the bottom too.
Results - dress one & dress two. Dress one was our first attempt. I want to take it apart and make the waist a little higher. I like dress two. The dress itself without a belt or sash is pretty plain. It needs a belt or sash. We made a couple different ones - yellow, blue (from extra fabric) and silver/gray.
I am not sure how to calculate the total cost - because we still have extra fabric, but my goal was to make one cheaper than $25 (or else I could just buy more at Target). I would estimate they were easily under $10 a piece. And once we figured out the first one, the second one came together in 15 minutes.
Now I am a little addicted. I want to make a few more, and maybe even attempt a little one for Avery too.
How fun would that be?