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DIY Maxi Dress: Birthday Blues

Hi everyone! I hope all is well with you. It is officially September and I am so very excited because it is my birthday month and National Sewing Month. With everything going on in 2020, I look forward to things I can celebrate.

To celebrate my birthday this month and to incorporate some sewing into my celebration, I am creating a collection in my favorite color, blue. I will be sharing that collection here on the blog and on my Instagram page. It will be a shaded of blue collection. It will also be my end of the summer collection. Let’s get to the first garment in my blue collection, my DIY maxi dress. Side note* There will be a tutorial on my YouTube channel on Friday.

Fabric Used

For this project, I used a Fashion Navy Liverpool Solid Knit from LA Finch Fabrics. It is a medium weight textured stretchy poly spandex knit. It is similar to a scuba/techno knit. It also has a 4 way stretch, 70% stretch across the grain, vertical stretch: 30%.

I also used a Famous Maker Power Mesh Navy Solid Knit for the overlay of the dress. It is from LA Finch as well. This fabric is a nylon spandex power mesh with a 4-way stretch. It is typically used for swimwear, performance costumes, and athleisure fashion. However, I saw something more in it, and thought it would be perfects as an overlay.

Pattern Used/Size Cut

I decided to use a tried and true pattern for this project, the Sunny Dress pattern from Friday Pattern Company. Unfortunately, I went to the Friday Pattern Company website, and I no longer see this pattern on there. However, for the tutorial, you are able to use any standard fitted knit dress pattern that you own.


There was a few hacks done on this pattern in order create this gorgeous dress. As I said above, I will be posting a video tutorial on my Youtube channel, which will have more information on how I hacked this pattern. Make sure that you subscribe to my youtube channel, and are following me on Instagram, so that you will know when that tutorial is live.

Final Thoughts

I absolutely love what I have done with this pattern. It further proves that a pattern is merely a foundation, a start, to what is in your imagination. I often have so many designs in my mind, and many times, I find an existing pattern that brings my ideas to life. I truly hope that you love what I have done, and that it has inspired you as well. I hope that you like the photos down below, my kind husband took them. Since it’s my birthday month, I wanted to get really nice photos that I can frame.

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog, I truly appreciate it. I hope that this blog was informative and that you learned something that will help you in your next sewing project. Comment below and let me know your thoughts or questions. Also, please make sure to subscribe to my blog.

Quote of the Day: Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.


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