Whether you’re hitting the cookouts this holiday weekend or hitting the beach, a cinched maxi dress can always have you looking chic!
- 1.25 yards Brick/White Striped Cotton Jersey Knit
- .5 yard Navy Light-Weight Polyester Jersey
- 3/8″ Nickel Grommets
- Dritz Grommet Plier Kit
- 2 yards 3/8″ White Drawcord
I traced a basic knit tank for the dress bodice, adding about 3″ to the sides for some extra room to gather the waist.
The whole dress went together incredibly quickly! I cut two layers for the bodice, on the fold at the shoulder, so all I needed to to was attach them at the armholes and neckline.
Since I knew I’d be cinching the waistline with some cording, I added two grommets to the center front of the dress. They take about 30 seconds, and look absolutely flawless! Plus, paired with the natural cotton cord, they really tie the nautical look together.
For the skirt, I used the full width of the fabric to create one long tube. Placing the seam to the center back, I attached the skirt to the bottom of the bodice, adding small pleats every couple inches.
In addition to stitching below the grommets, I also top-stitched above them, creating a small tube at the waist for the cord to lace through.
To create the hi-low hem of the skirt, I folded it in half (with the center front of the skirt toward the left) and cut a gradual curve along the bottom, like you can see in the photo above. A more steep angle, of course, would have made a more drastic difference, but I chose to keep the skirt mostly long!
So what will you be making for the holiday weekend?