I recently made a dress that I really love and it wasn’t too hard to make so I thought I’d make a quick tutorial for it. Its a lovely, simple dress with a lot of opportunities to add your own design flair!  Describing how to make a pattern through a tutorial is difficult but luckily it has a loose fit and an elastic waistband so its not crucial that its perfect.  I will do my best to convey clear instructions and I hope that you love your dress! If you don’t want to make it you can buy it here, on my Etsy. 

Materials:

  • 1 3/4 yds of a 60″ wide fabric. I used a soft rayon challis, anything flowy and drapey.
  • 20″ of a contrasting rayon fabric. Again, anything flowy/drapey and at least 60″ wide.
  • 1 yd 1″ wide elastic.
  • optional: 1/4yd elastic for straps, piping, any other sort of trim you might want. 
  1. First, cut your pieces.  Below is an illustration on how to draft your pattern. (Click to enlarge) 
  2. On the dress piece iron a crease from notch to notch, repeat for back piece.  This crease will serve as a guide for the waistband elastic.
  3. Sew dress pieces together at sides.
  4. Wrap a piece of elastic snugly around your waist to measure. Sew elastic into a loop.
  5. Make 4 marks on the elastic dividing it into 4 equal parts, make 4 marks on dress as well.
  6. Pin elastic to dress on the wrong side of fabric dividing it into 4 equal quadrants.
  7. Zig zag stitch elastic to dress stretching elastic as you sew.
  8. Now you need to finish the neckline and armholes.  You have some options, I used piping on the neckline and a rolled hem to finish the arm holes.  This is a place where your creativity can come into play.
  9. Attach straps.  To keep the boatneck effect I made my straps 6″, if you make them longer you are going to get a more drapey, slouchy neckline.
  10. Cut your contrasting fabric into 2 10″x60″ rectangles to make your ruffle pieces. Join pieces in a circle.
  11. The contrasting fabric is going to be gathered and sewn onto the hem of the dress piece. To do this, make 2 parallel rows of long stitches (3mm).  Mark 4 equal sections on ruffle piece, make marks on bottom of dress.
  12. Pin the pieces together at 4 quadrants and pull bobbin strings to create ruffles and distribute them evenly.
  13. Sew the pieces together.
  14. Hem! Trim excess threads…and you’re done!!!!
  15. Wear with happiness! 

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