What I Wore: Purple Maximus

Please excuse the vaunted post title, but I’m feeling quite queenly today. And not just because purple is the color of royalty. I’m feeling like queen of my sewing machine because I made this dress!!! I know – quite the step up from making pillows. At the beginning of the month, Alyx posted an outfit featuring a maxi dress she made herself using this tutorial. She looked amazing, and the tutorial looked easy enough for me to handle. So I took myself to JoAnn’s, found this gorgeous purple colored jersey, and last night sat down to tackle it.

I ended up using a combination of the tutorial above, and this one here, because the directions did differ a bit. What I ended up doing: 1 4/5 yd of fabric; following the fold & pin directions and sewing with a zigzag stitch; kept it inside out and cut neck and armholes; I did an 8″ straight cut for a v-neckline, and 9″ armholes and that worked fine for me; stitched and back-stitched using a straight stitch against edges that had just been cut; washed and dried; trimmed inside seams to free them of excess fabric; trimmed about 7″ off the bottom for a length that worked for me. Add a belt, and voila!

Now I have a super-comfy maxi dress in my absolute favorite shade of purple! It took me a little longer than Alyx, as I had to contend with a thread jam in my machine and I washed and dried it. But easily do-able in the space of a free evening, with time to spare. I’m considering finding a jersey knit with a print and doing another one of these. 🙂






Colors: Aubergine, Cream, Bronze, Tan

Dress: I made it!
Belt: Off a shirt from Ross
Shoes: Bria sandal from Blowfish Shoes
Necklace: ‘Inherited’ from my sister
Ring: from a street market in Spain, ages ago
Bracelet: I honestly don’t remember, I’ve had it for ages. Possibly a Ren faire.



    1. Thanks! 🙂

      This is the first piece of clothing I’ve ever attempted to make (having only done a handful of pillows before). I promise it is SUPER easy. I wouldn’t have been able to do it if not, haha. My sewing skills are still in the very beginner process.

    1. Thank you! And seriously: it’s so easy. Could probably even be done by hand if you don’t have a machine, it would just take a lot longer.

  1. Well done you! Not only is that dress an incredible shade of purple, but you’ve earned some mega-bragging rights for yourself. I love the way you’ve styled it too- positively roman!

    1. Thank you!! I’m totally disproportionately proud of this dress vs. it’s sewing difficulty, but it’s the first piece of clothing I’ve ever made so I’m gonna be proud, danggit! Haha. 🙂