How to Make a Muumuu

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This mid-century inspired muumuu is a great intermediate sewing project and is perfect for throwing on at a pool party or for a stroll down the boardwalk! Pick a punchy cotton print or laid back linen to suite your style.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing machine 
  • Scissors 
  • 3 yards of printed cotton fabric or linen
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler 
  • Coordinating thread 
  • Straight pins 
  • Fabric chalk or pencil 
  • Needle and brightly colored thread
  • Iron and ironing board 

Step 1: Measure Fabric

Measure and cut two large rectangles the full width of the fabric (selvage to selvage) and 45 inches in length -- these will be the front and back of your muumuu. If you're using a printed fabric with one orientation, be sure it's facing the right direction when cutting, pinning and sewing or you'll have upside down motifs.

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Step 2: Create Neckline

Fold one rectangle in half with both selvages aligned to the left and a folded edge on the right. Make a mark at the top edge with fabric chalk 4 inches from the folded edge. Using a straight edge or ruler, draw a diagonal line from this mark 10 to 12 inches down the folded edge, depending on your desired neckline.

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Maintaining the fold, cut along the marked line to create a plunging neckline.

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Tip

  • Pressing seam allowances before pinning and sewing keeps widths consistent and reduces puckering.

Fold over a 1/4-inch width of your neckline and press to create a clean edge.

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Fold over another 1/4 inch to encase the raw edge and pin before sewing.

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Sew a straight stitch along pinned neckline, keeping the presser foot aligned with the folded edge.

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Remove pins, trim extra threads and press your freshly sewn seams.

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Step 3: Pin and Sew Shoulder Seam

Line up the top edges of your fabric with both printed sides facing each other.

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Pin along the top edge (shoulder seam), starting from each side and working towards the neck to avoid over-stretching the neckline.

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Sew a 1-inch straight seam along the shoulder line starting from each far side and stopping at the neckline seam.

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Fold seam allowances under a 1/2 inch and press before sewing to finish the raw edge.

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Fold the back-neck seam allowance under a 1/2 inch to encase the raw edge. Press before sewing.

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Step 4: Finish Edges

Finish the hem and sides of the garment by folding and pressing the edges a 1/2 inch before sewing straight seams.

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Step 5: Mark and Stitch Inseam

To mark the inseams of the caftan, thread a needle with a contrasting thread color. Using a long basting stitch, mark a vertical line 8 inches into the side your garment to act as a guide for sewing.

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Your inseam should be about 24 inches in length, but may be altered if you desire a shorter hemline.

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Machine stitch over your basted stitches to create straight inseams on both sides of the garment. When finished sewing seams, remove basting threads by pulling gently.

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Give your chic muumuu a final press and trim any stray threads before sporting at soirees!

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Tip

  • Use printable iron-on transfers to create custom labels for your handmade garments!

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Have questions about fabric or where to find more sewing patterns? Leave them for us in the comments below! --Happy Crafting

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