I am super pleased with this lovely little jumper I made for my latest collection! It has long straps that you can wrap in different ways just like my infinity dress. I love rompers, but they are hard to fit lengthwise in the torso. The adjustable straps on Infinity Jumper make it so much easier to get a flattering fit. (That’s my adorable friend Hannah Modeling it) You can get your hands on an Infinity Jumper in my Etsy shop or try sewing one yourself, I had a lot of fun making this.
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!
After years of thinking about it, I have finally opened an Etsy shop! Its called Dreamboat Dresses and I’m selling some of my designs there so you should definitely go check it out. I am really really excited! I would love any feedback or suggestions or things you would like to see, let me know. I will be adding more items shortly. I hope you like it! Have a dreamy day.
I have been crafting up a storm in preparation for my grand Argentine adventure (I leave on Tuesday!). I realized I was in need of a safe place to keep my passport and money. I made a nifty holder out of Heather Ross ukulele fabric and an old necklace.
Yesterday me and my super crafty friends Megan (http://dinomeg.wordpress.com/), Dana and Julia (http://alchemytea.blogspot.com/) got together to do a photo shoot for an article being written about the Craftacular Wonder Fair. I am wearing a pleated wrap dress that I made for my birthday this year out of cotton/linen echino fabric. Dana (center) is wearing the Oktober dress from the Built by Wendy Dresses book (which is a totally amazing book for people who are interested in learning how to make their own patterns) and Megan is wearing a super cute dress that she designed herself and made out of Nancy Mims Free to Grow organic cotton.
In case you didn’t notice, it has been ages since I did any blogging, but I’m back! There are lots of crafty and exciting things going on in my life right now:
1.I am organizing a Craftacular Wonder Fair for the fabric store where I work. It is going to be an amazing smorgasbord of crafts, vendors, art and inspiration! Not to mention face painting, food and a fabric sale. If you are anywhere near Santa Cruz, CA you should do whatever it takes to get here! Here is a link to the Facebook event.
2. I am making a mini collection that I am selling at a booth with my awesome creative friend Megan (here is a link to her blog) Its the first time I’ve done something like this and I am feeling a little nervous/vulnerable/excited. I’ll post pictures of this later.
3. Our local weekly newspaper, the Goodtimes, is doing an article on the Craftacular! More on this later.
4. I have a one way plane ticket to Argentina and am leaving on September 20th! This blog will temporarily be converted to an adventure traveling crafter blog so I can let you know about all the cool sewing and fabric related stuff I find.
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!