DIY Dip Hem Knit Maxi Dress

I whipped up this maxi dress the other night using the same basic pattern I used for my Colorblock T-shirt Dress. The fabric is a magenta knit that I bought while trying to salvage this drape drape dress. I ended up finding a different fabric that was a perfect match for the drape drape. So, this magenta organic cotton fabric has been sitting around for a while without a destination. 

I was so pleased with my colorblock t-shirt dress that I wanted to do it again and I still wanted to perfect a maxi dress pattern after this one came out a little loose. My original sketch of the dress had a fuller waist and skirt than what I ended up cutting. Sooo, it's still not exactly as I imagined. But I'm starting to figure out this pattern. 

I really like the fit of the neckline and armholes. I mean, it's perfect. Really perfect. I've had neckline fitting problems in the past, particularly while using the t-shirt pattern from the BBW Sew U Home Stretch book (see my review). I also used that pattern for this tank top. It's nice, just too wide across the shoulders. Anyway, I seem to have found ideal measurements for my shoulders and neck and couldn't be happier. The other thing that makes me really happy is that it's SOOO fast to make.

I cut strips from an old ribbed tank top to make the binding. This idea was a tip from this book. It worked well except that I had to make 2 seams on the neck edge binding. And it's a little wonky.

I used my new sewing machine's walking foot to stitch the hem and to topstitch the neck and armholes. It worked well and I didn't have to use an tissue paper underneath to keep the fabric moving. The fabric did start to bunch up under the walking foot (on the backside) a couple of times. I just stopped stitching and lifted the presser foot to release the fabric.


This dress has a slight dip hem (aka mullet hem or high low hem). It's really easy to make. Just cut it shorter in the front than the back. I wasn't sure are first if I wanted the dip hem so I cut a long length all the way around and then at the very end, trimmed it down.

I'm really happy with how this dress turned out. It's a great basic pattern that I plan on making again. I was kind of worried that it will go out of fashion soon and my dress will too. I suppose I could always just cut it to the shorter length. What do you think of the dip hem? Is it going to stick around for a while?


  1. Is this my first comment? Well, if so HELLO!

    I think this dress looks great on you. Beautiful job. If the hi-lo hem fizzles out of fashion, I think the dress would look just as great at the shorter length all the way around. With boots!

    Ava says hi.

  2. That is a beautiful dress, love the style. You should considering having your own fashion boutique. I'd definitely buy!

  3. It looks great! I made a dipped skirt for my granddaughter and am now trying to hem it. I made it out of a polyester knit, like your dress. How did you hem yours so that the hem isn't ruffling along the edge? I didn't pull my fabric while I was sewing it. I sewed a 1/4 inch hem and then sewed another 1/4 inch hem so that it would look finished. I hemmed it twice so that when the back is viewed from the front it looks finished. Your hem looks great and not ruffled. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Denise

    1. Hi Denise, This fabric is a knit so I used folded it up and used my walking foot to topstitch. I'm not sure why yours is ruffling. Has pressing helped at all? Or, maybe do more than 1/4 inch hem. Mine is probably about a 1/2 inch. Thanks for visiting!

    2. Thanks for your quick reply. Pressing did help, however, I'm afraid when it is washed it will be ruffled again. Like you said, I think I'll cut off what I've done so far, and increase the hem to a 1/2 inch. I'm also going to look for my walking foot.


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