Make a High-Low Dolman Maxi Dress

by | Apr 27, 2017 | Clothing, Tutorials, Women | 4 comments

For Easter this year, I made myself a new dress!  I had some lightweight knit from Joann’s Red Tag section and thought it would be great as a lightweight dolman maxi dress.  Nothing fussy or fancy, but cool and comfortable for the upcoming summer.

Hi-Low Dolman Maxi Dress

To make my dolman maxi dress, I started with the Deer Creek Tunic and Dress and made a few adjustments.

Adjustments During Cutting

As I was cutting out the dress, I lengthened the bodice 3 inches and extended the shoulder seams about an inch.  I extended both the top and bottom lines for the sleeves along their existing angle.  This made the sleeve a bit longer (to accommodate my wide shoulders) and narrower at the opening.  I wanted the sleeve a bit narrower so I didn’t worry about gaping at the sleeve allowing people to see up my sleeve.

I also lengthened the skirt of the dress by extending side seams longer and curving across the bottom to the fold.  It was not exact at all.  Especially because I didn’t trace out the dress length included in the pattern.  I just used the skirt portion for the tunic as my guide and made it longer.  However, I didn’t have enough fabric to make both the front and back maxi length.  So I decided to make it a high-low hem.

Hi-Low Dolman Maxi DressAdjustments During Sewing

Once I got the bodice and skirt put together, I tried the dolman maxi dress on to see how the extra bodice length looked on me.  It was blousy, and would have been fantastic for an everyday dress. Or a swim/beach cover up.  That would have been great too!  However, I wanted to be able to dress it up enough for going to church.  So I took it apart and cut off 1.5 inches from the bodice and got the look I was going for.

Hi-Low Dolman Maxi DressTechnically, this dress is probably a midi length dress even though I am calling it a Maxi.  My original vision was longer with a slight high low close to the ankles, but the fabric just ran out.  Even though the hi-low was intentional,  it did’t quite look right.  The slope in the front was too gradual while the slope on the back was too steep.  It really looked like a tail.  So I trimmed up the back several inches and used the hi-low hem of the Telluride Top as a guide for the slopes.  Hi-Low Dolman Maxi DressI made the front as long as I could with it still looking good.  Cause I wanted a Maxi!  I like how cool it is, but I would have made the skirt portion longer if I had enough fabric.

Overall, I’m really happy with my new dress!  It’s very comfortable and cool!  I used the neck binding method for finishing the neckline and I think it looks fantastic!  Now I have at least one dress ready for summer and the glorious warm weather to come!

Links to Patterns Used:

Deer Creek Tunic and Dress

Telluride Top and Hoodie


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