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 Roundup – Travel Accessories

Whenever I start packing for a trip, I always start thinking of DIY projects I want to make before I leave. And then I try to talk myself out of it because I really need to pack my suitcase and the last thing I should do is start a new DIY. All that said, hopefully your DIY impulses are not as wild as mine and your trip is at least a few days away because then you'll have time to make some of these cool travel accessories!

Clockwise from top left: Shoe Bag  (so much prettier than a plastic bag)  //  Luggage Tags  //  Clear Makeup Pouch  //  Zippered Dopp Kit

Also check out this cool jewelry roll, this travel game kit and this great list of everything you should put in your dopp kit.

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