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Tutorial // how to make a jersey maxi dress

For a very long time I’ve been dreaming of a jersey Eucalypt maxi dress – and i finally made one! It’s one of those wardrobe basics that i keep pulling out over and over again – plus it was an easy make, so winning on all fronts.

Ready to make your own? Lets do this!

Cut your Eucalypt woven dress pattern one or two sizes smaller than you usually would. I went for one size smaller, and ended up with a nice loose drape – for a more fitted look you will need to take the pattern in more.

If you would like to use the exact same fabric i did – it’s available in my store here.

Slash your pattern pieces horizontally just above the hemline

Spread them by the desired amount till you reach maxi length. Keep in mind that the back hemline dips further than the front, and make the back hemline the maximum length of your dress. One of the nice things about using the Eucalypt pattern is that the back of the dress remains nice and long, but the front is high enough that it’s easy to walk in

Redraw the edges of the pattern and fill in with pattern paper.

Now you’re ready to sew! This part is easy! With right sides together sew the side seams and shoulder seams using either a serger/overlocker or zig zag stitch on a regular sewing machine. Finish the neckline and armholes using my easiest knit neckline tutorial. Leave the hemline raw or turn it in by 1/2″ all the way round and sew using a twin needle, coverstitch or zig zag stitch.

SERIOUSLY. how easy was that?! i’m planning to make myself a few more – i am totally sold on the jersey Eucalypt!

[Make this look]

Dress: Megan Nielsen Eucalypt // Tutorial above + pattern + fabric
Shoes: Country Road
Belt: Witchery
Sunnies: Ray Ban Original Wayfarer 

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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9 years ago

This looks SO easy to wear and so cozy! Perfect!

Sophie Lily
9 years ago

Gorgeous photos! ????

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9 years ago

I love jersey maxi dresses in the Summer! Love this!

9 years ago

Having an excellent curl day Megan!

9 years ago

Wonderful! Love this dress and the way you styled it. Thanks for this great tutorial.

miss agnes
9 years ago

I love it, and you make it seem so easy. I really must book a chunck of time each week to get serious about sewing.

9 years ago

I am back at my parents house now and my mum has a sewing maschine and I have some nice fabrics too, I should try this out, seems easy, but I am sure I will end up asking my mum to finish it, haha!

Printed or Plain

Kat @ House of Lane
9 years ago

There is nothing better, in my opinion, than a maxi dress!

9 years ago

Love this maxi dress!! I want to sew one of it for the next summer! And very useful tutorial…it seems very easy to sew.

Beth – Sew DIY
9 years ago

I love this! Such a great variation to wear all summer long.


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