It's here you guys. Spring, and weather warm enough to wear sundresses!
Hi guys! I've been sitting on this idea for a super easy DIY sundress for about three months now, ever since I started dreaming about warmer weather. I love the new midi-length dress trend, and the boho looks I've been seeing everywhere! This dress is the perfect blend without being too "prairie."
Last year, I was lusting hard after the Selva Silk Maxi Dress at Anthropologie with it's gorgeous handkerchief hem. I found a lookalike at the thrift store, but I kept the idea for this literal scarf dress with me for the time when warmer weather was back upon us.
This handkerchief- hem scarf dress is probably one of the easiest projects I've ever made, with the most spectacular result. It's literally made from three thrift store super lightweight scarves, around $10, 1/2 yard of 1/4 inch elastic, and 30 minutes.
This is my favorite kind of project, loves. The kind where I get compliments and asked where I bought my dress, and then I get to proudly tell them I made it.
Today I'm going to show you how to make your own, because I love you all, and I want you to feel just as fabulous about making your own scarf dress. There's no way you can feel anything less then fabulous wearing this gorgeous, billowy dream!
I used three 35 inch square scarves (in coordinating patterns), because I wanted a midi-length dress. But smaller scarves would make for a shorter dress if you like a mini dress better. And obviously, these are different scarves from the ones I used in the first dress, but I had enough for a second one so how could I not make it?
You're going to put the front of your dress together first. Make your neckline as deep or as shallow as you want, just pin it in place between the two scarves and then sew the rest of the way down the hems of both scarves like pictured.
Then you're going to add the racerback back of the dress, by adding the third scarf like so:
Measure where you need your arm holes to be, and then sew all the way down from that point along the hems of the scarf on both sides.
The last part is even easier. Cut your 1/4 inch elastic to as long as you need to make two shoulder straps, and sew them on the dress to make your straps:
That's it! You're done! Throw on your dress and go, go go! Enjoy a warm breeze (and fair warning, this dress will blow everywhere!)
I can't wait to see what all of you make with this idea. I'd love to feature some reader creations, so snap a selfie and send it my way when you're done!
In the meantime, here's a couple other easy sewing tutorials you might also love for the upcoming summer months!