DIY Cut out Maxi

For the past year or so, I have seen the cutout trend become more popular.  But, I don’t really want to spend a lot on something that I can’t wear to work and something that won’t transcend time.  So, why not transform a comfy maxi that you already own or one from the second-hand store?  I got the Gap maxi, in this post, from Goodwill for $5.


You will need:

  • Maxi/Dress/Shirt
  • Double Stick Fusible Webbing
  • Iron
  • Scissors (accidentally left out of picture)


First you want to turn the dress inside out.  This is the best place to find the exact place to cut along.  Cut about 1.5-2 inches horizontally across the lower bust area.  This dress had a seam to cut along; so, I used that as direction


Then, cut about an inch above your horizontal cut and below it.  These two cuts will allow you to create the diamond shape cutout.


Next, iron the four different points down to create the diamond cutout.  After ironing each side down, then cut a rectangular piece of double sided fusible webbing and stick it under each of the ironed down triangular pieces of fabric.


Iron each of these pieces again, making sure to move the iron around the area for about 30 seconds.  You will need to do this four times on each of the sides of the dress.  I recommend running each side through the sewing machine to make sure the cutout will stay together for the long hall; but, if you don’t have a sewing machine or are not savvy with a sewing machine, be sure to air dry the dress after washing.


This is the shape you will see when you turn the dress the right way.




This dress has a small gap at the bottom and the cutout won’t rest right against you waist because the maxi I chose had elastic, thus collecting in the waist area.  I personally like that you have some space and it won’t be so tight.  If you want it to lay right against the side be sure to get one that isn’t empire waist and is just straight and fitted.

This dress is a fun way to showcase any body art that you may have hidden on the side!

Any questions, just ask (!  Any comments, type away!

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