Shirred maxi dress with pockets tutorial

sundress_frontFor week 2 of the Project Sewn sew-along, I made a shirred maxi dress with fabric from my stash, which I had purchased to make myself a maxi skirt last year. Hey, skirt, dress, whatevs, right?

This dress is very easy to wear and construct… so I put together a tutorial as I was making it.

This shirred women’s maxi dress tutorial owes a great deal to No Big Dill’s girl’s maxi dress tutorial, which I adapted previously to make a dress for my daughter and her doll, to Running with Scissors’ shirred pocket skirt tutorial, which I had used to make a skirt for myself (that I’ll blog about eventually), and to Sewaholic’s tutorial on sewing inseam pockets.

If you’ve never shirred anything before, it’s great fun and really easy! Basically, you’re just sewing lots of straight lines across the right side of your fabric, with elastic thread in the bobbin.

Update: If you use this tutorial, I’d love to see the results! Please comment with a link to your dress. Thanks!

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Leggings upcycle into skirt

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What do you do when your kid rips holes in the knees of her leggings? I upcycle the leggings into a skirt (and a matching skirt for her doll out of the leftover fabric).

This is very easy to do. Cut off the legs at the holes and even the length. Rip out the center seams of the leggings (up until the crotch seam, leaving the seams in the front and the back) and turn them so that the legs are now the front and the back. Cut triangular panels out of the discarded bottom of the legs material, and sew on the new “sides” of the skirt.

I use hair elastics for the doll waistbands.