Saturday, May 21, 2011

DIY Le Sac Maxi Dress

After seeing this tutorial on Everybody, Everywear and getting back into sewing, I headed to Walmart to try to find some stretchy fabric to make my own maxi dress. I walked around the fabric department for probably 10 minutes and almost gave up until I found the one stretchy fabric they had in the clearance bin. Even though it was pretty ugly, I hoped it would end up being cute in dress form.

I really like how it turned out!  I took three slight deviations from the tutorial.
  1. I bought 2.5 yards of fabric instead of 2 since I figured I'm wider than Tiffany, the tutorial maker.  
  2. I didn't make a seam on the sleeves...because I forgot.  I could go back and do it but probably won't.
  3. Although you don't need to, I made a seam on the folded side of the dress because I was worried about the sleeve ripping.

The tutorial is based on the knee-length American Apparel Le Sac dress, just longer. I tried tying mine a few different ways, but since it's so long (which is what I wanted), the style shown is the only way that really worked unless I were to wear heels.  I didn't notice it was that long in the back, so maybe I'll have to wear heels regardless.  Or hem the thing.

But yeah, it was super easy!  I'm excited to wear it in Florida next weekend!


  1. Rebekah!!! OMG! It's amazing! I actually think that large flower print is just perfect for the dress and with the pop of yellow ribbon it's just adorable! Holy cow! GREAT job!!!!!!

  2. Awesome! Very flattering too!

  3. You make me want to unpack my sewing machine.. except it intimidates me like no other.

    You look smashing!

  4. That is such a lovely dress! You did such a good job with it! :)

  5. Beautiful dress and I love the yellow ribbon accent. You look like a spring time goddess! I own a sewing machine, but haven't the slightest idea how to use it. You are inspiring me...

  6. Thanks all! I'm really excited to wear it in real life this weekend.

    April and Kristen - Do you still have the manual for your sewing machine? I found mine very easy to follow if I didn't remember how to do something. And once you figure out your sewing machines, the dress is suuuuuuper easy to make!

  7. too cute-I can't wait to make mine ;)