It’s time for another tutorial in the Samantha Hacks series and today I am going to show you how to make a fabulous maxi dress. It’s super easy and it can make your dress looking completely different. Could you think of a better alternative to the usual festive code than a comfortable, yet elegant jersey dress?
To create the maxi version of the Samantha, all you need to do is use the shorten/lengthen lines on the skirt pattern piece. Yes, it’s that simple! But first you’ll need to determine how much length you’ll have to add.
With a measuring tape, measure from your natural waist (where the Samantha dress’s waistline is designed to hit you), all the way down to your desired length. Write that measurement down. Then, measure the original pattern piece and subtract its length from the measurement you wrote down. This is the amount you’ll need to add to the pattern piece, so let’s call it measurement X. If you are unsure about the length you want your dress to have, you can always add a bit extra and shorten it once you try the dress on.
Now, go ahead and cut along the shorten/lengthen line on your skirt piece. Here is a tutorial to help you with that. Place a large piece of paper underneath the two new pieces and spread them by the amount of measurement X. Make sure you line up the center front line and then redraw the side seam to smooth it out.
Cut out 2 pieces for your skirt on the fold (one front and one back) and then proceed following the instructions in your pattern booklet.
That’s it! It wasn’t hard, was it? I’m so in love with my maxi Samantha dress, I think it looks so chic and classic, while being super comfortable and forgiving at the same time. If you do try this hack, don’t forget to tag me on social media @athinakakou or @akpatterns . You can also use the hashtags #aksamantha #samanthahacks so we can all admire your beautiful version.
Disclaimer: To make my Samantha Dress I used this beautiful cotton jersey, very kindly gifted to me by Lamazi Fabrics. James and Liana stock an amazing selection of high quality jersey fabrics, so make sure you go and have a look at their shop to find fabric for your makes.