DIY Grecian Maxi Dress – simple 20 min tutorial!

This is another 20 minute  tutorial from the fabulous Cathi – and definitely my favourite so far!

All you need is a jersey knit type of material. This is so that you don’t need to do any hemming, it will just hang beautifully. Just to give you an idea of amount, I used just under 2m and I’m a size 8/10 and 5ft 6. You also need a piece of elastic, but this won’t be part of the dress at the end so you can use anything that will tie well.

Firstly, wrap your material around yourself and tie it at the top so that you can see how you want it to hang.

diy grecian maxi dress paupertoprincess

Then take the tie at the bottom of the knot and tie the elastic around it to secure it and plait the end of it and pin it.

diy grecian maxi dress paupertoprincess

Next pin under your arm for where you want to start the seam from

diy grecian maxi dress paupertoprincess

Then lay it out and pin down the seam.

diy grecian maxi dress paupertoprincess

When using a machine on jersey fabric you want to use a zig zag stitch so that when the fabric stretches the seam doesn’t rip.

 

Finally get a long piece of thread and sew up the bottom of the plait.

diy grecian maxi dress paupertoprincess

Then, with the leftover thread use it to stitch it onto the seam of the dress.

diy grecian maxi dress paupertoprincess

Hit it up with a belt to highlight the waist and you have a gorgeous Grecian dress!

diy grecian maxi dress paupertoprincess

diy grecian maxi dress paupertoprincess

 

If you liked this tutorial you’ll love Cathi’s other tutorials she’s guest blogged for me:

20 min beach coverup

DIY chiffon maxi skirt

DIY two colour bodycon skirt

DIY lace backed cream top

7 Comments

  1. Autumn October 14, 2014 / 11:08 PM

    If I wanted to make this for a costume, could I make it so it is shorter, like a little above knee length, or would that not work? Great tutorial by the way I love the color of the fabric!!!

    • pauperintoprincess October 15, 2014 / 1:48 PM

      Thanks – yeah the fabric is gorgeous! I think it’d be adorable shorter. Send me pics if you do it!
      xxx

  2. Caroline April 30, 2015 / 10:57 PM

    How do you do that tie, did you braid it? would it look weird if i did it short in the front and long in the back

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