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Magenta linen Maya Ruffle Dress hack

by DIY Daisy 
* This is a paid blog submission.  Guest contributors receive a small fee along with their choice of fabric to use for their selected project.  All content, thoughts + creative are the guest writers own.
Daisy wears a vibrant, bright pink linen dress with a golden fabric crown headband.  She is holding one side out slightly to show the volume in the Maya ruffle dress skirt.
What better way to kick off my 2021 sewing than with a hack of my most popular DIY sewing project from 2020, the Maya Ruffle Dress. I’ve been dreaming up a mini Maya with a v neck for months and when Trins call for blog contributions came up I had to jump on the opportunity to sew with one of these beautiful linens. Choosing a colour was a no brainer. I saw Meg Handmade sew with Magenta Linen, so I wanted to sew with Magenta Linen. 

I got just over 2 metres of this gorgeous colour, which was enough for this hack and a little extra in case I made a mistake. It was just the right amount and with the leftovers, I should have just enough for a scrunchie or two. I love a matching scrunchie moment! For these photos I styled my Magenta Maya with a DIY Scrunchie Headband and earrings by Cities in Dust Jewelry

So let’s get into the hack! I followed all the same steps as my original tutorial and just changed the shape of the TOP pieces. Instead of cutting two rectangles, I cut 4 trapezoids. I bound the edges that would make the V with some Liberty Bias Binding and overlapped them on the front by 10cm. I french seamed the shoulders and then continued the rest of the steps as normal. 

Below are the measurements I used if you’d like to give this a try. (width x height)


Top Trapezoids - Refer to the image above. (cut 4 - 2 Left & 2 Right)

Sleeve Rectangles - 138cm x 25cm (cut 2)

Skirt Rectangles - 114cm x 50cm (cut 2)

Refer to the diagram in the Maya Ruffle Dress Tutorial for the rest of the dimensions and instructions.

The final result was a little bit different than I expected but I actually love it! I didn’t think it would drop so much on the sides but I feel it actually softens the look a lot more and creates a really beautiful shape. If I make this style again I would only cut 2 trapezoids for the front and 1 rectangle for the back. This would make it reversible and it would also help it from slipping off my shoulders. Before I wear this to work (and let me tell you this is going to get a lot of wear at work, I’m so lucky I get to wear all my handmade creations) I’m going to add a little tie and then it will be perfect! 

Daisy stands with her back facing to show the v back on her magenta linen Maya ruffle dress hack.

I hope your 2021 sewing plans are getting off to a fabulous start... Im predicting MORE ruffles, MORE tiers and MORE COLOUR!

Daisy stands with her hands in the air to show the volume in the ruffle sleeves on her pink linen Maya ruffle dress hack.

Daisy stands side on smiling towards the camera.  She is wearing a magenta pink linen dress with a golden linen headband.

1 comment


Hi! This dress is fabulous! You mention if you were to do it over you would cut two trapezoid shapes for the front and one rectangle for the back. I’m interested in trying this pattern with that modification! What measurements would you recommend for that single back rectangle? Same as in the original pattern or would it be different due to the trapezoids? Thank you for sharing this and for all your great tips!

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