DIY Outfit – Paisley Maxi Dress

Continuing my springtime boho theme, today's DIY Outfit is a Paisley Maxi Dress. I've had maxi length skirts and dresses on my mind for a few months now and obviously just can't get them out. One of the perks of a maxi skirt is it keeps you a little warmer than a short skirt which means it will be easy to wear starting in spring and going through summer and and fall.



How to DIY a Paisley Maxi Dress

Step 1: The inspiration dress is by Marchesa Voyage. The design of this dress is classic boho style, from the design to the fabric. It's made of cotton voile with fabric covered buttons and a delicate dotted trim. It's also pretty spendy but you can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost (yay!).

Step 2: The design of this dress is almost identical to McCall's M5316 which is unfortunately now out of print. I actually made this dress a number of years ago (see my post here). If you are unable to find a copy of the pattern, McCall's M6700 is fairly similar. The big difference is that it doesn't have the front button placket. To match our inspiration dress, you can skip the drawstring casings at the waist and just do a tie belt trimmed with mini ball fringe.

Step 3: For the fabric, I found a very similar blue cotton paisley from Michael Levine. You'll also need some cover button kit and ball fringe. I love the look of the fringe at the shoulders and on the tie. It really makes the dress extra special.


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DIY Outfit – Lace Tee

Spring is the perfect time for pastels, lace and all things sweet. Today's DIY inspiration is a simple t-shirt made from a bold, large scale floral lace (see more detail picks here). If this was in my closet, I'm sure it would get a lot of wear throughout the year. It could easily be styled for Fall/Spring as shown here or worn with a shorts or a skirt for the summer months. Add a scarf and boots and you could even wear it in winter. Read on for how I would make this top a DIY reality.



How to DIY a Lace T-shirt

Step 1: Our inspiration is the Orlaya Top from Anthropologie. It's a poly-blend fabric and even has a small zipper detail at the back neck.

Step 2: For the sewing pattern, use the free T-shirt Mini Dress pattern by Dixie DIY (shortened to shirt length) or your favorite t-shirt pattern.

Step 3: For the fabric I would use a thick white knit like this ponte knit and a large scale like lace this one from Mood. Cut front, back and sleeves from the knit and cut only a front piece from the lace. Use the knit as an underlining to the lace for the front piece. Add in the back neck zip if desired.

If you're nervous about sewing with lace, check out these great tips from Gertie.  


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DIY Outfit – Pleated Floral Maxi Skirt


Today's outfit inspiration combines two of my current obsessions – maxi skirts and wild floral prints. It's very 70s bohemian but the pleats give it polish and the hyper bright colors make it very modern. The pleated skirt has always been one of go to DIY's. They're so easy to make and so very classic. I even have a tutorial and worksheet so that you can make your own pleated skirt.



How to Sew a Pleated Floral Maxi Skirt

Step 1: Our inspiration skirt is the Firefleur Maxi Skirt from Anthropologie. I love it paired with the simple blouse and delicate jewelry.

Step 2: For the pattern you can BurdaStyle 02/2013 #133 and lengthen it to the floor. Or, draft your own pattern using my free tutorial and downloadable worksheet.

Step 3: Our inspiration skirt is made from a polyester border print fabric. I could not find an exact match but I love this floral print by Amy Butler. It's a cotton fabric so the drape would probably be a little heavier than the polyester. If you use a cotton for a super long skirt like this, you might want to have fewer pleats so that it doesn't get too heavy. I found a couple more florals not in cotton here and here.


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