Maxi dresses are a popular item in the summer because they are comfortable but always stylish. You can dress it up or dress it down for a casual look. In this tutorial I will show you how to make your own maxi dress out of cotton jersey.
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Fold the fabric in half. Line up the center of the skirt pattern to the fold line. Pin around the pattern and cut.
Starting 1″ in from the side, make a 1″ pleat and pin. Continue this all the way across leaving 1″ at the end. Space the pleats about 2″ apart from each other. In total you should have 12 pleats.
Before you start sewing, make sure you are using a ballpoint needle. This needle is made to work with stretch knit fabrics. Remove the pins from the pattern pieces.
Pin one side of the front to one side of the back and zigzag stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Your machine should be set at 2.5 mm in width and 3 mm in length. From the bottom, start a 1/2″ in and leave 1″ at the end. The zigzag stitch will help the thread stretch with the fabric. Back stitch at the beginning and the end, leaving the other side open.
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