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.
- 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.
- First, cut your pieces. Below is an illustration on how to draft your pattern. (Click to enlarge)
- 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.
- Sew dress pieces together at sides.
- Wrap a piece of elastic snugly around your waist to measure. Sew elastic into a loop.
- Make 4 marks on the elastic dividing it into 4 equal parts, make 4 marks on dress as well.
- Pin elastic to dress on the wrong side of fabric dividing it into 4 equal quadrants.
- Zig zag stitch elastic to dress stretching elastic as you sew.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cut your contrasting fabric into 2 10″x60″ rectangles to make your ruffle pieces. Join pieces in a circle.
- 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.
- Pin the pieces together at 4 quadrants and pull bobbin strings to create ruffles and distribute them evenly.
- Sew the pieces together.
- Hem! Trim excess threads…and you’re done!!!!
- Wear with happiness!
I saw this dress as a project in vol. 4 of the Quick Stuff To Sew magazine. It was insanely easy to make and I love it so much! Its so flowy and bohemian…
The dress is essentially a circle skirt with two really long straps sewn onto the front. You can wrap the straps around you in different ways to make a smorgasbord of dresses! Heres a link to a tutorial and some strap wrapping inspiration.
The magazine shows you how to create a ton of different looks… it would be so perfect for traveling. This girl made the same one and has some great tips to share. Have fun sewing!
This is a tutorial for the little lace dress I made a while back. This time I made it with a purple voile. It is designed to be easy to make and wear, you can probably bust one of these suckers out in a few hours. It fits loosely and you can take it on and off without any buttons or zippers. This dress would work in almost any fabric… knits, wovens, you name it… but I have to say, I prefer how it turned out in the lace. A fabric with a little weight and drape to it also serves this dress well.
In my descriptions I tried to add links wherever possible for added help. So here goes…
You will need:
- some pattern paper (I used some old wrapping paper)
- scissors, measuring tape, ruler, pencil, pins, etc.
- roughly 2 yards of fabric (measure the total length that you want your dress to be, from shoulder to hem and double it, add 4″ or so to be safe
Making your pattern:
- Measure the full desired length for your dress from shoulder to hem, mark this length on the edge of pattern paper
- Measure from nipple to shoulder mark length on edge of paper
- Measure your bust at its fullest point. divide it by 4 and add 1″ (example: 36/4+1=10). Draw a line this length starting at the point you marked in step 2. (the green line in the picture)
- Measure across the front of your chest (armpit to armpit) and divide by 2. Draw a line this length starting at the top mark you made in step 1.
- Measure the top of your shoulder to the fullest part of your hips and mark that along the side of your pattern paper.
- Measure the fullest part of your hip, divide it by 4 and add 2″ (example: 40/4+2=12). Draw a line this length from the mark you made in step 5.
- Round out your armhole at the top and the hem at the bottom, connect your lines to create the outline of your piece! Yay you’re done! Cut out your piece and get ready for some sewing!
- Place the flat edge of your pattern piece on the fold of your fabric and cut out, this will be the front of your dress. Repeat to make back piece. Cut out a rectangle of fabric about 10″ x 60″, this will be your collar.
- Lay front and back pieces right sides together and sew up side seams. Don’t forget to finish your seams, Here is a helpful list of options.
- Now you need to finish your armholes. This is an awesome tutorial on how to do a really tidy bias tape finish. I opted for a more time effective approach of just turning and stitching twice.
- About a 1/2″ from the top of your armholes do a short 1/2″ or so stitch to join the front and back at the shoulder.
- Take your collar piece and sew the edges together making a large loop. Gather this down to the size of your neck opening.
- Pin gathered collar to neck opening WRONG SIDES TOGETHER. Stitch. Finish seam. The collar will fold down over the seam you made, so it won’t really be seen.
- Finish edge of collar, hem the bottom and add in your own creative ideas. Maybe some applique or embroidery…cute trim… a matching belt (or go belt-less), the possibilities are endless.
I am new to making tutorials and would LOVE your feedback! If you have any questions or comments please leave a comment below. Thank you so much of looking and have fun sewing!